Full Chisel Blog

October 27, 2013

Spinning Wheel Flyer, first order completed

The first order for a complete Spinning Wheel Flyer, mandrel, whorl and bobbin is finished together with two extra bobbins [customer saved on shipping] and it will be ready to mail out the first of the week.

You can order Spinning Wheel parts at the Full Chisel Store.

Before gluing the mandrel into the flyer, I used a cold chisel to upset a series of burrs on the edges of the square part of the mandrel to help secure it to the maple flyer.  I then washed it down with alcohol to remove any residue of the charcoal I had used to fit the mandrel to the hole.  Don’t use graphite as it can interfere with the hide glue or in this case liquid fish glue from Lee Valley.

first order flyer9

I also used alcohol to clean the inside of the tapered mortise in the maple flyer to remove any charcoal remaining.  I then etched the metal mandrel with a fresh clove of garlic and glued it together.

finished order

I had marked out the flyer to length, cut off the excess and then installed the dozen wire hooks.  I flattened them where they go into the maple to prevent them from turning.

Fun project and I hope a happy customer.



  1. Can’t wait!

    Comment by Paula Chase — October 31, 2013 @ 11:52 am

  2. Paula,
    Mailed them off this morning, enjoy.

    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — October 31, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

  3. Installed the new flyer assembly onto my 1820 flax wheel! Very exciting to see all the parts put together. Minor tinkering needed to make the assemble fit, but it is working and I am spinning! Thank you, Stephen for a beautiful job.

    Comment by Paula Chase — November 6, 2013 @ 8:57 am

  4. Would love to order this! Tell me how:)
    And would you ship to Alaska?

    Comment by Paula tobin — December 6, 2013 @ 5:52 pm

  5. Paula,
    Yes I ship to Alaska, you can order them at the Full Chisel Store, will need the distance between maidens and distance between leather bearings.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — December 6, 2013 @ 6:51 pm

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