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February 27, 2012

Montana {Norwegian} Spinning Wheel – completed & finished

And after I don’t know how I have finally completed the repairs, touch-ups and a finish.  I used shellac with brunt umber pigment to match the old stain and patina, then treated the entire wheel with Moses T’s Reviver.  I put the Reviver on with an old toothbrush to get into all of the details of the turnings, allowed it to sit for 10 minutes and wiped off the excess.  Disposing of my oily rags properly.

I assembled all the parts and used hemp cord for the power belt and a strip of leather for the transition between the foot treadle and the pitman.  After the crank was straightened it works fine without hitting the wheel support or the pitman.

Fun project, now on to something entirely different.




  1. The wheel looks great. The owner will be thrilled.

    Comment by Dave Buss — February 28, 2012 @ 6:34 am

  2. That really looks great! I have repaired some early American/English wheels. I know what difficulties that can occur. I think the owner will love it!

    Comment by John Elliott — February 28, 2012 @ 10:54 am

  3. Amazing wheel firt time I have ever seen such a design. I am repairing a Hebridian and copying the style to make my wife one. http://woolnwood.blogspot.com.au/

    I found your site some time back but have not been back to check on your work, I will have to more often.


    Comment by Ray Sanderson — April 4, 2012 @ 2:21 am

  4. …good mornin’…..how does one replace a missing cog?…..in my wildest imagination i cannot figure how to replace a cog/spoke in the wheel w/o disassembling, which makes me think of disaster!…..any suggestions?……thanks…john…ps….what a wonderful spinning wheel….a job well done…

    Comment by doctor john — April 5, 2012 @ 6:22 am

  5. Dr. John,
    Spokes can easily be replaced on most spinning wheels as they are not tenoned into the rim, just the hub. At the rim the end of the spoke slips in and is pegged from the side.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — April 5, 2012 @ 7:26 am

  6. …hi stephen…thanks, i will give her a look see…….my wife has been more than patient with me on this project….i hope this will get the job done….have a most wonder filled weekend….

    Comment by doctor john — April 6, 2012 @ 6:53 am

  7. The wheel was finally picked up this morning, been storing it for over a year.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — March 11, 2013 @ 10:17 am

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