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.

Line drawing
Line drawing

Photograph
Photograph

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
Wheel marked Charles Regeimbal

Mark on Regeimbal spinning wheel
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
"Conn Fence" wheel

Detail Conn Fence bobbin/flyer
Detail Conn Fence bobbin/flyer

German wheel front view
German wheel front view

German wheel bobbin and flyer
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
Norman Kennedy spinning on his Norwegian wheel

Scandinavian wheel that Donna describes
Scandinavian wheel that Donna describes

Detail of wheel hub
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
Upright wheel with rings on its spokes

Detail of spokes with rings
Detail of spokes with rings