Issue #77 - July 2012
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Again we will study more Canadian wheel makers. Two readers inquire about metal spinning wheels, while other readers offer feedback about Scandinavian style-wheels and Swiss uprights discussed in recent issues.
Spinning Wheels Marked "Desjardins"
Spinning wheels marked Paradis and Desjardins were discussed in an article in SWS Issue #70. When it was published, I sent a copy to Desjardins Industries in St. André, Quebec. This is a large company producing equipment for agriculture, saw mills, and woodworking. As luck would have it, that letter reached Jerome Bouchard who is interested in the history of the company. I report on what he found.
This line drawing and photograph come from a 1928 brochure published by the company.
Charles Regeimbal, Spinning Wheel Maker from Quebec
A spinning wheel marked Charles Regeimbal started Caroline Foty researching another Quebec wheel maker. She found a good amount of family history and describes how this wheel resembles other wheels she has studied.
Wheel marked Charles Regeimbal
Mark on Regeimbal spinning wheel
Inquiry: Two Metal Spinning Wheels
Two readers have recently acquired spinning wheels made from metal. Andrea Myklebust got hers from the estate sale of a well-known spinner. It came with the name "Conn Fence." Owen Evans bought his wheel from a couple in Germany. The question is, are they "one-of-a-kind" spinning wheels?
"Conn Fence" wheel
Detail Conn Fence bobbin/flyer
German wheel front view
German wheel bobbin and flyer
Scandinavian Spinning Wheels Revisited
The article in Issue #71 about a Scandinavian wheel brought in two more responses from readers. Norman Kennedy writes about how he acquired one many years ago. Donna Lonergan describes an example, with an odd construction feature on the hub, that was brought to her husband, Paul, to fix.
Norman Kennedy spinning on his Norwegian wheel
Scandinavian wheel that Donna describes
Detail of wheel hub
ClacketyClack! Rings on Spokes!
Grace Hatton also tells about an unusual, noisy feature on a wheel that her husband, Fred, was asked to repair. That wheel is very similar to the Swiss upright wheel I wrote about in Issue #72.
Upright wheel with rings on its spokes
Detail of spokes with rings