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January 9, 2014

Distaff design

While I should be working on the Black Beauty leg [which I intend to do later today], but I want to work on the design of the distaff for the wheel I am restoring for myself [and will be for sale].

distaff

The original part is all that is left, so I will have to turn the other two pieces that hold this as well as turn the finial and make the 4 ribs of the birdcage.  Made of birch the part remaining also has a peg [cut off now] that holds a donut cup for water to help lubricate the flax during spinning.  I am having the water cup made by a local tinsmith.

What do you think of the design I came up with for the finial?  I copied the profile of the lower part, but not sure if it should have a lower pendant or not?

Stephen

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  1. Hi Stephen,

    Inspiring as always, I’ve been reading more and more about flax production and spinning, it’s a fascinating trade, I’m building some more contemporary wheels and plan to raise a patch of flax this summer.

    My opinion on the finial would be to add a lower pendant. It looks somewhat truncated in it’s current state.

    Thanks,

    Comment by Trevor Walsh — January 10, 2014 @ 1:15 pm

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