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January 26, 2014

Black Beauty Spinning Wheel Restoration, complete


Well I have finally finished this wheel after much work, as documented here and earlier.  The owner of the wheel had called her the ‘Black Beauty’, and she was until I got into the restoration which was much more involved than I had originally imagined.  The wheel was called ‘Black Beast’ during most of its stay in my shop.  The owner said that if she knew what kind of condition it was in she would never have purchased the wheel.  But that is in the past and now the wheel is in working condition with two extra [new] bobbins and it is good for another 100 years or so.  The wrought iron crank may need some attention in the future.

Everything was done and I put it all together but could not find the tension garter wedge I had previously fabricated.  I then spent more time looking for it on my bench that it would have taken me to make a new one.  So I decided to take the spinning wheel out for this final photograph, then put my vise back on my bench and make a new wedge.  I took the picture, came back in the shop and there in the middle of my bench was the wedge.



  1. … and now it IS a beauty!

    BTW, there’s a spirit who visits my shop too, borrowing things for a time and returning them when I’m not watching.

    Comment by Bob Easton — January 26, 2014 @ 1:00 pm

  2. Thanks for sharing such a nice information, its beneficial for me. I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post. Keep sharing.


    Comment by DavisMiller — March 15, 2014 @ 3:07 am

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