Spinning Wheel Postcards
The postcard set features six rare and unusual spinning wheels from my collection.
The photographs for the postcards were
taken by my husband, Peter T. Wood, Jr.
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Spinning wheels find me. I don't go looking to buy them. In the course of the last ten years, eight antique wheels have come to live with me. They join the three contemporary wheels on which I spin. Some of the antiques are functional. And yes, in the Bownas manner, each one has a name: Sophia, Greta, Jolene, Anna-Lise, Bethsheba (after Solomon Plant's mother) and T. D.
In most cases friends or readers told me about them. In one case a woman came to ask whether what she had was in fact a spinning wheel. I told her it was and offered to buy it from her. That is the double-wheel, double-treadle Farnham-like wheel. This wheel is also in a subset of three wheels that were restored by the late Bill Ralph. The other two are the A-frame and the Solomon Plant double-flyer wheels.
The wheels range in size from the
2-foot-long hand-cranked Turkish wheel to the 7-foot-long T. D. Brown patented
moving-spindle wheel. Sometimes I acquired the wheel because I had been researching the
wheel maker (the Solomon Plant and the T. D. Brown), or I did research after I obtained
the wheel to learn more about it (the Turkish wheel and the double-wheel, double-treadle).
The others I bought just because I think that they are beautiful and elegant (the
tripod-frame and the A-frame).
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