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February 17, 2012

Montana [Norwegian] Spinning Wheel IV

After soaking and cursing the modern glue used for this ‘butcher repair’ on the spinning wheel it was time to glue it back together with hot hide glue [192 double grams Bloom from Tools for Working Wood].  A joint was loose and had been ‘glued’ improperly, first the wrong glue then not aligned properly as was the split off piece of the rim of the wheel.  I clamped it back together with my rope clamp, this tool comes in very handy for just such clamping needs.

Because the repair to the rim was so bad, I couldn’t tell that there was some wood missing, until I started to put it back together.  I ended up gluing in the existing piece then infilling with wood [pine to match the original] into the crack, not an easy task.  I used Lee Valley Fish Glue for this repair.

There were also some dent marks on only one side of the wheel, not sure what caused them, not a dog or animal as they are just on one side?  There is also a previous repair that was done properly.

I mostly steamed them out using a clothes iron and wet cloth, but some remained but were taken care of in the filling process.  A mixture of calcium carbonate [whiting], linseed oil and burnt umber and black iron oxide pigment.  It will take a couple of days to dry, but looks great.

I also cut two new leather bearings for the maidens after removing the original.  It was held by the small pointed wedge from an angle, most unusual method to secure the leather bearings.

I will be able to put a coat of shellac on the wheel later today, then put the thing back together.  This has been a fun project, although I took way too long.



  1. Nice patch on the wheel, Stephen.

    Was there a particular reason that you left out the small tapered spoke at about the 11:55 position? There has to be a reason.

    Terry in Ottawa

    Comment by Terry in Ottawa — February 18, 2012 @ 3:43 pm

  2. Terry,

    Thanks, I made the small tapered spoke on my fiddle [bow] lathe on the previous post and I just haven’t glued it in place yet.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — February 19, 2012 @ 9:09 am

  3. WOW … very nice. Skill, tools and knowledge … much of which I lack but certainly admire. Look forward to seeing the finished wheel. Will it be for sale or is it headed for a museum?

    Comment by Tropical Twister — February 24, 2012 @ 10:43 am

  4. T.Twisted,
    This is a commission repair/restoration for a client that lives in Montana. Should be finished first of next week.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — February 24, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

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