Rick Reeves Spinning Wheels’ Distaffs

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My “new” Rick Reeves 24″ Norwegian Spinning Wheel arrived home to join her cousin, a 24″ Rick Reeves Saxony Spinning Wheel with added 1/2 spokes. Notice the Saxony has a “bird’s nest” distaff and the Norwegian, a sold distaff.

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Traditionally, spinners in Western Europe either held a distaff under one arm when using a hand spindle or the distaff was attached to the spinning wheel.

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And yes, that’s a CPW, Canadian Production Wheel, behind the Norwegian; there’s also my first wheel, an Ashford saxony, lerking in the shadows. The new wheel hasn’t found her permanent home. She’ll be slathered with Bee’s Wax and Orange Oil before she settles in.

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4 Responses to “Rick Reeves Spinning Wheels’ Distaffs”

  1. Lyndal Anthony says, March 13th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    I am interviewing Rick for an article for the American Woodturners magazine. I belong to the same club(Quad Cities Woodturners)that Rick and Marge belong to.

    Ironically, my daughter is engaged to the guy that bought Rick and Marges house near the Amana Colonies.

    My question is, what are some of the prices that Rick wheels are going for? I am only trying to get some info for the magazine article.

    Thank you for your time.

    Lyndal Anthony

  2. Tropical Twister says, March 14th, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Although many were built, the wheels seldom are available for resale as they are highly valued by spinners for their esthetics and for their fine spinning ability. A good place to get a sense of current prices is by visiting the Ravelry.com web site and following the “Reeves Rock” group. Walnut wheels, when available can sell for over $3000 and the oak in the $1000 plus range. Obviously the size and the condition of the wheel influences the actual sale price.

  3. vivian hanson says, November 14th, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    i AM LOOKING TO PURCHASE AN OLDER (NOT NECESSARILY ANTIQUE) DISTAFF FOR MY 25 YEAAR OLD ASHFORD TRADITIONAL SPINNING WHEEL..THANK YOU…VIVIAN HANSON

  4. Tropical Twister says, November 15th, 2011 at 9:43 am

    If you have not already done so, I would encourage you to look on Ravelry. If you go to the Spinners’ Maketplace and list: ISO Ashford traditional spindle you are likely to find someone who can help you. There is also a group for Ashford spinning wheels you might want to try. You would be welcome to list it on the Seabreeze Spinners Ravelry group as well.

    You might also try Spinner’s, Weaver’s, Kitter’s Housekeeping Pages … OSWG Online Spinning and Weaving Guilde

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