Years ago in May of 2009 I bought a spinning wheel at my Uncle Otto and Aunt Marie’s Auction Sale. It belonged to Otto’s Grandmother and it came on a ship from Norway about 1880 something.
It has been on my bucket list. First to see if it spins. Not sure if I can learn to spin but I wanted to know if it still worked. We had so many oddball accessories, who knew what went with the spinning wheel and what did not.
This is my wheel and the accessories. Only two of the bobbins and the bobbin winder go with this wheel. The blue and red bobbins are too long to be used with this wheel. The rest of it goes with some kind of Industrial Spinning “stuff.” The one long handled piece of wood might be a laundry stick.
I met Bruce back in May. He was anxious to see my wheel and see if it worked.
Bruce put cord around the wheel and oiled it here and there. He said “It is in pretty good shape for how old it is.” He also said at one time it was painted blue.
The winder was stiff, it took awhile and some more oil before he gave it a whirl.
He adjusted it here and there…see it does spin. He used T Pins to hold the leather in place he said I could switch them out for toothpicks.
I took lots of photos because we had to take it apart to bring it home. As soon as we got it upstairs we put it back together again.
One of these days I will give it a whirl. Not that I need another hobby…but at least I can say I tried to spin.
Most people name their spinning wheels. Most of the time they are named after women. Mine will be different….Otto Bruce has a nice ring to it!