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June 28, 2012

Double Flax Spinning Wheel Flyer – done

I started this documentation of the restoration of this flyer here.  And continued here and here.  The flyer was broken in two around the mandrel, which I repaired with Hot Hide Glue, I also served linen thread around the base to strengthen, secured with a couple coats of shellac.

I could not bend the hooks the way I normally do as they are too small.  So I had to bend them in the reverse order than normal.  I used the thickness of the needle nose pliers to determine the length of the hook shank, then bent it over and hit it with a hammer to create a sharp corner.

I then bent the hook end and nipped them off.  I had to be careful as I only had a short length of old iron wire the correct size to match the other flyer.

After making 20 iron wire hooks I had plenty left over, see the 1/2″ piece on the gnomon?  I was sweating the last five, but when I got down to 3 I knew I had it made.

I then had to file all of the ends of the hooks to remove any sharp edges and flatten out the shank of the hook.

The lower hook is flattened on an anvil with a hammer and has not been sharpened to a triangular point on the end.

And here it is completed, I did use Fish Glue to secure the hooks, I also etched the iron wire with garlic prior to gluing.  I used the little clamp from Lee Valley to push down a couple of difficult hooks, most went in by gently pushing with pliers while very gently twisting.





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    Pingback by Double Flax Spinning Wheel Flyer – done « Full Chisel Blog | Fiber Arts | Scoop.it — June 29, 2012 @ 12:40 am

  2. Do you know where I may be able to purchase the Mandrel for the flyer and bobbin for antique spinning wheels?

    Comment by H. C. Garman — December 15, 2012 @ 2:23 pm

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