Issue #76 - April 2012

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In this issue we learn more about the Keim family of wheel makers in Pennsylvania and about a signed Shaker great wheel in Maine. We revisit an early patented wheel and learn about another Dutch all-in-one wheel. Then we are introduced to a wheel maker from Washington State.


Keim Family Spinning Wheels - Part 2

Ron Walter continues his report on the Keim family of spinning-wheel makers from Pennsylvania, this time focusing on their great wheels. He also discovered a reel made by a William Keim, of Germantown, PA, who might be a cousin.

Great Wheel Signed IH.K 1793
Great Wheel Signed IH.K 1793

Great Wheel Signed IH.K 1817 
Collection of Historical Society of Berks County, Reading, PA
Great Wheel Signed IH.K 1817
Collection of Historical Society of Berks County, Reading, PA

Winder signed WILM KEIM GERMANTOWN
Winder signed WILM KEIM GERMANTOWN

Close-up of label WILM KEIM, GERMANTOWN
Close-up of label WILM KEIM, GERMANTOWN

Update on Skinner Patent Wheels

Michael Taylor gives a short update on the Skinner patented wheels. He found an example that shows the alternative arrangement, as a quiller or bobbin winder, that is described in the written description of this 1818 patent.

Skinner wheel set up as a bobbin winder
Skinner wheel set up as a bobbin winder

Peaks Island's Shaker Great Wheel

In a small museum in Maine, Elizabeth Carey discovered a signed Shaker great wheel. The wheel was made by Allen Bangs of the Shaker community in Poland, ME. She tells about the family that preserved this wheel for 150 years.

Great wheel marked A B
Great wheel marked A B

Close-up of mark A B
Close-up of mark A B

Another All-in-One Dutch Spinning Wheel

When Keira McFleat received her first issue of The Spinning Wheel Sleuth she was surprised to see Donna Lonergan's article about the Dutch all-in-one wheel. Keira recently acquired one that has a horizontal arrangement. She tells us about the Dutch spinner who gave it to her and her family members who spun on it.

From the rear
From the rear

From the side
From the side

Betty Roberts, Spinning- Wheel Maker

Betty Roberts has been making spinning wheels for almost 40 years. Ellen Black spoke with her about her career making spinning wheels and the evolution of her different models.

Betty’s first wheel
Betty’s first wheel

1980s model
1980s model

2010 model
2010 model

Close-up of label WILM KEIM, GERMANTOWN
Recent upright wheel