In my mother's mountain cabin, the spinning pretty much stopped before she was old enough for spinning lessons, the family had become well off enough to purchase "boughten yarn". Then the spinning wheel basically set on the porch unused as the family grew up, out, and down the mountain. It had already left, "had walked away" before someone thought it might be worth keeping. Perhaps it looked like this one.
I have found myself studying back in my books about wheels. Patricia Baines, Spinning Wheels, Spinners & Spinning; David Pennington and Michael Taylor, Spinning Wheels and Accessories; Peter Fowler, How to be Owned by an Antique Spinning Wheel - A Practical Guide; and Katy Turner's succinct The Legacy of the Great Wheel. Oh the joys of having a good library!
|The Minor's head is the large accelerating whorl|
I know that I have a Minor's head attachment, for increasing the speed. This was granted an American patent in 1803 by Amos Minor, and in 1810 the company was creating six to nine thousand a week.
The Minor's head is now working, after loosening the wooden screws, stabilizing it in the head post, and replacing the band with very fine handspun flax.
|The carved wheel post, now level after shimming one leg of the spinning wheel|
The light weight, great wheel turns easier on the carved cone-shaped post after I tipped the wheel just a bit so the top of the carved cone was level to the world. The wheel spindles are simple and the rim is made of two shaped very thin stripes of oak.
The adventure has begun.