Fri 12 Sep 2014
German eBay import arrives in disarray but after some time on the workbench and some TLC, it has been put to work as a functional spinning wheel.
I saw this lovely vintage Tyrolean Spinning Wheel on German eBay. (Seller photos above.) I loved the graceful hardwood turnings. It appeared in-tact; I bid accordingly and won the auction. But was shocked when the wheel finally arrived and I opened the box. It looked like the wheel had been dumped in a box and shipped with hardly a bit of packing materials. It was a jumble of broken pieces. The photo below was taken right after opening the box (you can see the missing foot). The packing material you see is all that had been provided for trans-ocean voyage.
The photo below is of the wheel as I attempted to re-assemble it. One of the uprights that holds up the wheel, a foot and the distaff are broken off.
When I contacted the seller and confronted him with the damage (most of it old as evidenced by residual glue and not the result of poor packing), he acknowledged sawing off the distaff to fit the wheel in the shipping box but sarcastically inquired, “don’t they have glue in the US?” Ugh! My DH (dear husband) went about making proper repairs. He drilled holes then pegged and glued the separated pieces and pegged the distaff. I added bamboo “pins” to hold down the wheel. Then I drenched the thirsty wood with a combination of bee’s wax and orange oil.
The wheel was beautifully turned by a master craftsman. Sadly, the builder appears to have had little experience with spinning wheels. The tension knob on the front of the table at first glance appears to be a screw which would move the maiden forward and back to create tension on the drive band. Instead of a spiral pattern of turns, the “screw” is a row of concentric circles. It doesn’t adjust. But, the weight of the maiden alone seems to create enough drag that the wheels spin with plenty of draw. The footman crosses in front of the spinner but to maintain proper alignment, the wheel can not be reversed. The wheel was constructed with apparent purpose to slant. But instead of slanting toward the spinner, it slants away, confounding treadling action. Despite all the reasons it shouldn’t, the wheel spins and yarn it makes. Lovely example of a Tyrolean Spinning Wheel.
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