Full Chisel Blog

July 8, 2009

Spinning Wheel, last part

Well, this spinning wheel is finally finished and spinning admirably.  I had a couple of large thick oak tanned leather washers made courtesy of Diamond Jim Davis the Leather Worker at the Saddlery at This is The Place Heritage Park.  He also drilled a hole in the whorl washer of the same live oak leather.

Spinning wheel with iron rim

I used linseed oil and burnt umber pigment in two coats to get the pitman and wheel nut stained.  After several days of drying, I then used some shellac with black iron oxide to get the details darker, followed by a coat of linseed oil and after that dried a couple of days another light coat of shellac.  They were a bit too shiny so I roughed them up a bit and brushed on some dust, then brushed it off.

I did use Hide Glue in a couple of repairs and to glue the treadle back together, I used liquid hide glue and glycerin, to keep it flexible.  I also had to fashion some straight grain birch pegs to hold everything back together again but still allowing for the wheel to be disassembled as it is a traveling wheel.



  1. Hey the wheel looks great. I’m sure Kelly will enjoy many happy hours spinning on it.

    Comment by Robin B — July 8, 2009 @ 8:17 pm

  2. Robin,

    Thanks and welcome to my blog. It seems that I am getting known for my spinning wheel repairs, I am meeting a client on Saturday to look at another spinning wheel, this one from Germany.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — July 9, 2009 @ 5:36 am

  3. Beautiful piece, Stephen. I’ve used linseed/burnt_umber on carvings but I’ve never heard of applying iron oxide. Where do you get “black iron oxide”? It grows on my tools sometimes but that stuff is orange 🙂

    Cheers — Larry

    Comment by Larry Marshall — July 9, 2009 @ 6:24 am

  4. Larry,

    Thanks and I use both red iron oxide and black iron oxide (which I like better than lamp black, which has a tint of blue). I get the stuff from pottery or ceramic supply houses and it is dirt cheap, wait it is dirt.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — July 9, 2009 @ 6:46 am

  5. I received a banana cake with chocolate as a down payment, delicious, some tinware is in my future, the wheel was picked up and all are happy.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — July 9, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

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