Issue #71 - January 2011

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Marking the beginning of our eighteenth year, this issue features European spinning wheels from France and Scandinavia. We learn about a book containing information about Finnish wheels and others from that region. In North America more makers of spinning wheels from Quebec are presented.


A Scandinavian Spinning Wheel

When I had an inquiry from a British antiques dealer about a Scandinavian spinning wheel in need of restoration, I referred him to David Bryant. David tells us about that wheel and its repairs, as well as about the extensive research that he and his wife, Valerie, have done on spinning wheels in the British Isles.

Restored Scandinavian wheel
Restored Scandinavian wheel

Detail of piston crank
Detail of piston crank

Detail of front maiden
Detail of front maiden

The Normandy Spindle Wheel: A Unique Hybrid

Diane Falck writes about the style of great wheels found in Normandy, the region of France where she lives. After closely studying a couple of examples and a number of old photographs, she discovered that they were not only spindle wheels but could have bobbin/flyer units.

Normandy wheel #1
Normandy wheel #1

Detail of spindle on Normandy wheel #1
Detail of spindle on Normandy wheel #1

Normandy wheel #2
Normandy wheel #2

Bobbin/flyer unit for Normandy wheel #2
Bobbin/flyer unit for Normandy wheel #2

A Book About Finnish Spinning Wheels

Having acquired a rare German-language book about Scandinavian spinning wheels, Grace Hatton outlines for us some of the interesting information it contains.

Wool bows: top from Karelia
Wool bows: top from Karelia
middle from northern Russia
bottom from Turkestan

Canadian Production Wheels-Other Makers

In the course of their quest for Canadian production wheels and information about their makers, members of the Ravelry CPW Forum have found some other spinning-wheel makers from Quebec. The wheels with their marks are sometimes precursors of the classic CPW or have some but not all the features. Caroline Foty outlines what they have learned about them so far.

Mark F N Vezina Vercheres
Mark "F N Vezina Vercheres"

Mark J O
Mark "J O"

Wheel marked Louis Bisson
Wheel marked "Louis Bisson"

Inquiry: An Unsigned Canadian Production Wheel

Molly Poremski sent an Inquiry about an unmarked CPW that has some of the characteristics of the classic CPW forms but also other components that are different and unusual.

Unsigned CPW
Unsigned CPW