This is the first Spinning Wheel restoration on a well documented wheel; I know who made it, where it was made, and when it was made. It is an unusual wheel in that it is a 20th century interpretation of a much earlier wheel, without the benefit of knowing how old wheels were actually constructed.
When the client brought in the wheel to have a new crank made [the previous one was soldered onto the shaft] and it was missing a garter on the tensioner; they also brought in the documentation including a set of blueprints from Popular Mechanics from which this wheel was made. It was made by a family member in southern Utah from local black walnut. Black walnut is not native to Utah but many trees were planted in the early pioneer period.
This paper pattern was also with the documentation materials.
The plans for this spinning wheel were ordered in 1962 for $1.55.
Here are the blueprints.
After Mr. Croft finished the spinning wheel it was featured in a local newspaper.
Master blacksmith Mark Schramm made an iron crank, from the original blueprints, it is threaded into the brass shaft and will not break off like the previous crank.
I made a small walnut garter to hold the tensioner, but I also had to file down the hickory shaft where the threads on each end as the walnut had shrunk a bit and was too tight to function, reducing the size where it was in the walnut made if work smoothly.
I then put a coat of Moses T’s St. John’s Oil on all of the parts, made a few adjustments and the wheel was finished.
Interesting project, great documentation and a working wheel. Also available spinning wheel parts here.