Current Issue #68 - April 2010

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This issue contains the sequel to topics we began in the last issue. We have the second and last part of the study of moving-spindle wheels on tracks. The second installment in the series on Canadian Production Wheels comes in two parts. One part is a guide to the wheel makers located thus far. The second part focuses on one of the families of wheel makers.


Moving Spindles—on Tracks by Ron Walter

Ron Walter describes two more moving-spindle wheels in his collection. On these examples the spindle head is mounted on a trolley that travels on very long tracks. He presents the three existing 19th-century patents that have similar designs. He also discusses four examples, two signed by a well-known wheel maker, that come from the southwest corner of Pennsylvania.

Long track wheel from Kentucky
Long track wheel from Kentucky

Close-up of trolley on Kentucky wheel
Close-up of trolley on Kentucky wheel

Long track wheel from Virginia
Long track wheel from Virginia

Close-up of trolley on Virginia wheel
Close-up of trolley on Virginia wheel

A Brief Guide to CPW Makers by Caroline Foty and Ravelry CPW Lovers Forum

Continuing the series on Canadian Production Wheels [CPW], Caroline Foty has compiled a brief guide to the wheel makers that the members of the Ravelry forum on CPWs have found. This is an excellent example of how much can be learned when a group of people is searching and exchanging information and ideas.

Map of Quebec, Canada, showing A = St. Hyacinthe and B= St. André
Map of Quebec, Canada, showing A = St. Hyacinthe and B = St. André

The Cadorette Family of Hyacinthe, Quebec by Caroline Foty

The Cadorette family of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, produced what is considered the classic style of CPWs. Caroline Foty presents what is known about Michel and Philias Cadorette. She was fortunate to obtain some helpful information from the historical archives in St. Hyacinthe. [All photos courtesy of CPW forum members.]

Michel Cadorette mark
Michel Cadorette mark

Michel Cadorette spinning wheel
Michel Cadorette spinning wheel

Philias Cadorette spinning wheel
Philias Cadorette spinning wheel

Philias Cadorette mark
Philias Cadorette mark

Mother-of-all on Philias Cadorette wheel
Mother-of-all on Philias Cadorette wheel