Rick Reeves Red Oak Frame Wheel

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When planning my trip to Dallas over the holidays, a Rick Reeves hand turned chair wheel appeared on eBay, “pick up only”. I won the auction, adjusted my itinerary and made a swing through southeast Texas to pick up the wheel. I was already traveling with a “Norwegian Princess Wheel” snagged from Craig’s List and delivered by FedEx days before I left.

The Rick Reeves wheel was made in 2000 but had never even had a drive band on her. The purchaser had planned to learn to spin but health issues arose that kept her from learning. The wheel sat untouched. And I mean “untouched”; it had better than a decade of dust, kitchen oil residue and roach droppings layered in a thick coat of grime.

I used a Mr. Clean Magic sponges, 3M green scrubbers, denatured alcohol and degreaser to scrub her ’til all of the grime and most of the Danish Oil Finish were gone. Rather than run the risk of reassembling the wheel and having parts freeze, she rode home “naked”. Once home, I disassembled everything that easily removed and coated the various pieces with several light coats of Datco Danish Oil. After leaving the disassembled pieces several days to cure (the wheel was dry the first day but the additional curing time made sure the finish was hard and the parts wouldn’t stick after being reassembled), I coated the pieces with Goodies Wood Beams, a vegetable, lemon, cedar wax concoction which smells wonderful and makes the wood gleam.

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Rick Reeves Norwegian Spinning Wheel Sold

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The Rick Reeves Norwegian Spinning Wheel had sold and has arrived at it’s new home in Washington State … quite the trip from Florida. The wheel had to be partially disassembled for the trip but was loveingly waxed and reassembled.

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Rick Reeves Norwegian Spinning Wheel for sale

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SOLD

Beautiful, rare handmade Rick Reeves Norwegian Spinning Wheel for sale. The wheel has been well cared (as you can see from the photos) and is in perfect working order. This is a dream wheel. The purchaser will also get handmade Rick Reeves Lazy Kate and a total of 4 bobbins.

Lots of photos below … click on thumbnails to see larger images.




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I am asking $1400 for the wheel.

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LOUET S90

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My newest and so thereby, my favorite wheel. Completely collapsible LOUET S90. This “old wheel” was purchased from the original owner who had received it as a gift from her hubby but never learned to spin and never used the wheel. It is pristine and while a bit stiff, fun upon which to spin.

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Rick Reeves oak, SIGNED, unfinished spinning wheel threaders

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These two photos display oak, SIGNED, unfinished spinning wheel threaders I am planning to list for sale on my Etsy site. I am no longer accepting direct sales but will make all future sales through Etsy.

I have a very few people who previously contacted me directly through Ravelry that I am working with before listing the spinning wheel threaders on Etsy. I expect to complete those sales before weeks end when I again will be listing these unfinished threaders for sale. (The threaders can be purchased unfinished or finished.)

Currently, Rick Reeves is engaged in another project and is not turning threaders. He will be away from the lathe over the summer but promises more threaders in the fall. He may even be able to send a few before his summer hiatus. Will keep you posted on this site.

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Unfinished Rick Reeves Spinning Wheel Threaders

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Unfinished oak threaders, newly hand turned by Spinning Wheel Craftsman Rick Reeves, in photos have been sealed/finished with “Golden Oak” Watco Danish Oil. You’ll notice the unfinished threader lurking behind the can and the finished threader in the foreground. For more about threaders, please read previous posts.

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Rick Reeves Spinning Wheel hooks

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Above, eye candy; included in the last batch of Rick Reeves Spinning Wheel hooks for a while are several signed hardwood hooks. Rick has another project and then will be away from the lathe for the summer. I’m posting photos to give everyone an idea of what will be listed soon. I will be listing some on eBay and some on Etsy.

There are SIGNED, unfinished oak hooks that have the tab that fits into the hole in the spinning wheel. They are unfinished so that they can be finished by the buyer to match their own spinning wheel. I will finish the hooks with Watco Danish Oil upon request.

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SOLD There are initialed oak hooks finished with walnut stain (very light); note they also have the tab that fits in the hole in the spinning wheel:

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And then the beautiful hardwood hooks … exquisite … nothing more to say:

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maple too

Will announce on this blog when and where they will be listed for sale.

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Rick Reeves hand turned Spinning Wheel Threading Hooks

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SOLD out 3/19/2011 More will be posted next week.

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I’m selling newly hand turned oak and brass threading hooks on Etsy. The hooks were turned by Rick Reeves, Spinning Wheel builder, master craftsman.

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Rick Reeves Spindle Wheel (Spinning Wheel)

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I had the delight yesterday afternoon to meet Susan of the Sassy Spinster just south of Dallas in Lancaster, Texas. She generously allowed me to spin on the rare Rick Reeves walnut hand made spindle (spinning) wheel that she has on consignment. The experience was made even more special as I was accompanied by her singing canary.

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The wheel evidences all the wood working craftsmanship of Rick Reeves, although not as delicately as his wheels adorned with hand turned spindles and florishes. The spindle itself, disengages from the sizable floor size wheel and can be used as a drop spindle. The wheel in signed and dated (1980) documenting its provenance.

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The shop itself caters to spinners, knitters & small loom weavers with generous bins of fiber and specialty yarns. The main room has a number of wheels to “try on” and is decorated with welcoming stuffed chairs. In addition to the wheels, there’s an assortment of specialty yarns. In the back workroom a huge barn loom being restored takes center stage surrounded by tri-looms, rigid heddle and other smaller looms. The store offerings include a good measure of fiber dyes, knitter’s needles and assorted small accessories. Susan offers various lessons in the tranquil country setting.

In all, a delightful afternoon diversion.

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Gale’s Art beautiful fiber for spinning

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I’ve been enjoying the most delightful fiber, Gale’s Art Blueface Swirl. I discovered this “Limited Edition” fiber at the Ashville Fiber Festival last October and only now have begun spinning. It is a luscious hand dyed blue face leicester fiber in blues, greens and purple swirled with undyed natural brown. The brown provides depth to this scrumptious mix. I have 4 oz to spin and it’s spinning up like a dream. (Very well processed and dyed.) Spinning lace weight with a lacey shawl in mind.

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I met Gale at the Festival and enjoyed our brief conversation. (In addition to the fiber, I also bought two Trindals.) She’s knowedgeable and enthusiatic about fiber. You can contact Gale Evans and/or purchase her fiber HERE

That’s my “Timertop Suitcase” I have on vacation with me.

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