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May 29, 2014

Boycott this Movie

Filed under: Documentation,Historical Material,Of Interest,Spinning Wheel,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 9:08 am

This is the partial dedication to my next book on Spinning Wheel Repair.  I have not mentioned the company by name but you can figure it out; I did this to avoid any legal problems.  Do not support this movie!


This book is dedicated to the loving memory of the 44 spinning wheels, new and antique that were destroyed by fire in the production of a recent movie of a classic French/German fairy tale. Those Forty-four will be remembered and lamented as a senseless waste of historic material culture that can never be replaced. There are only a limited number of ‘antique’ spinning wheels and they are just not making them anymore and this large movie production company has eliminated forever these examples. This hits home for me because I restore old spinning wheels and I have done sets and been a property master on movies and commercials and it is indeed possible to make reproduction spinning wheel props that could have served the purpose without sacrificing heirlooms. At least they could have used computer generated images and ‘burned’ those instead of removing from our history extant examples and forever depriving those in the future of their legacy, enjoyment, educational value and historical significance. Had the filming been done in certain countries that have antiquities laws the large company would be criminally liable for their thoughtless actions. This is simply an act of historical vandalism done by the large heartless corporation and they should be held responsible for this tragedy. For a company that is dedicated to animal conservation and preservation, apparently historical objects can be destroyed with reckless abandon. The audacity of this studio is an absolute disgrace This dastardly deed cannot be undone nor forgiven.



  1. I think I know which film/production company you’re speaking with. I didn’t know this, and though I was actually mildly intrigued to see how they’d tell the story from the “other side” enough to consider going, this, if even close to true, makes me sick and sad. Thanks for the heads up.

    Comment by Chris Durrill — May 29, 2014 @ 11:17 am

  2. It seems to me that making an issue out of destruction of historically-significant antiques could start with a newspaper article; often the national press or TV will then pick it up. It may be likened to The ASPCA protection of animals used in movies, “No animals were harmed during the making of this movie.” Perhaps a “Society for the Preservation of Antiques Used as Props” could be chartered.
    In a way, the burning of actual spinning wheels comes as a surprise, since most historically-valuable props slated for destruction such as classic automobiles, historic homes, musical instruments, wagons, etc. are reproduced specifically for the film. and the making of the replicas amounts to a very small percentage of the budget.
    As a personal example I refer to the replication of a percussion rifle by violin-maker Ken Pollard for the movie “The Adventures of Frontier Fremont,” in which we decided not to destroy the original gun by smashing it over a rock, but to build a facsimile. No one grieved for the facsimile.

    Comment by George Stapleford — May 29, 2014 @ 1:16 pm

  3. maybe you should get in touch with the magazine Spin-off they may do a lot to protest the movie. BTW what movie are we talking about….

    Comment by baana — May 29, 2014 @ 9:39 pm

  4. Curious as to how YOU KNOW for a FACT that period spinning wheels were used and destroyed?
    Otherwise you are casting aspersions on what may indeed be innocent parties.
    What is your source of this information that you are decrying?

    Comment by Michael Holden — May 30, 2014 @ 8:26 am

  5. Michael,
    It is well documented over on Ravelry.com. A lady in England got ahold of some parts left over after the filming and put together a Norwegian Wheel.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — May 30, 2014 @ 10:01 am

  6. Stephen, joined ravelry, searched by movie name, Maleficient, and by “spinning wheels destroyed” neither gave up any hits.
    What should I search for on that site?

    Comment by Michael Holden — June 2, 2014 @ 9:28 am

  7. Michael,
    Here is a link from a Google search: http://www.accidentalsmallholder.net/forum/index.php?topic=28610.0


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — June 2, 2014 @ 2:48 pm

  8. Sorry Stephen, but until it gets confirmed by a more reliable source then a forum (and I’ve done a bit of googling to no avail), I’m going to have to call this hearsay.

    Comment by Daniel — June 5, 2014 @ 12:13 am

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