Issue #120 – July 2023


• An Unusual Tension Design on CPWs (Canadian Production Wheels)
• Uncovering a Spinning-Wheel Maker
• In Memoriam: Michael Holcomb
• An Antique Spinning-Wheel Collectors’ Group


Highlights From This Issue

In this issue we learn about two slightly different approaches to finding spinning-wheel makers. A dozen Canadian production wheels with an unusual tension device are studied to determine similarities that might indicate who made them. An unsigned wheel in Pennsylvania is compared with some that are signed; genealogical information was used to try to trace the maker. An early supporter/contributor is remembered, and a group for people who collect antique spinning wheels is proposed.

An Unusual Tension Design on CPWs

When David Maxwell was asked to repair a Canadian Production Wheel [CPW] with an unusual tension device, he consulted the CPW Forum on Ravelry. Over the years at least a dozen examples of wheels with this feature had been found. Studying other parts of the wheel structures, he was able to divide them into two types. He explains his reasoning, although he was unable to figure out who made them.

Uncovering a Spinning-Wheel Maker

Tina Mickley’s first and favorite spinning wheel is unsigned. She found pictures of similar ones with initials on them. With help from several people, she tried to work out who was the maker. Her husband Warren enjoys genealogical research and contributed some helpful information. A recent acquisition of a signed wheel helped solve the mystery.

In Memoriam: Michael Holcomb

I learned in June that Michael Holcomb, an early supporter/contributor, had died in May. I share memories of him and his many contributions to SWS.

An Antique Spinning-Wheel Collectors’ Group

A discussion at the Antique Spinning Wheel Symposium in Marshfield, VT, in June 2023, moderated by Brenda Page and Nora Rubinstein, led to a proposal for organizing a group for people who collect antique spinning wheels and would include how to preserve the wheels and information about them. Nora outlines the objectives of such a group.