SA 13 B front overall

Wheel with the tension system on the tabletop

Violin shaped table has three turned legs, regular treadle and footman. Slanted wheel posts hold drive wheel with eight spokes. At other end two short bulbous posts support a turned crosspiece that holds the tension screw and has a hole for a distaff. Two parallel rods come out of this crosspiece and fit through the mother-of-all to the wheel-support posts. The threaded screw goes into the mother-of-all and can change the position of the mother-of-all to adjust the drive-band tension. The area of the rods between the crosspiece and the mother-of-all is smooth, but on the side by the drive wheel they have turnings that limit how far the mother-of-all can be moved.

SA 5 B tension screw

Detail of tension screw

Tension screw goes through the supported crosspiece and into the mother-of-all but the maidens and bobbin/flyer unit are not present. Two smooth dowels on the sides of the tension screw fit through the mother-of-all.

Double rim wheel 15 B overall side

Wheel with three-armed flyer and drive wheel with two rims

Plain rectangular table held by three ornately turned legs; a wooden cut-out is between the legs under the drive wheel; footman on right side of drive wheel. Drive wheel has two rims with short spokes between them. ornately turned maidens have a wooden bridge above them and all three parts of the turned distaff are present.

Double rim wheel 12 B drive wheel

Detail of drive wheel with double rim

Drive wheel with outer rim then short spokes and an inner rim. Spokes and half spokes fit between the inner rim and the hum. Top of the inverted U-shaped support post has a short turned piece with a slot for the drive-wheel axle with a wooden peg to hold it in place.

Double rim wheel 4 B flyer

Detail of bobbin/flyer unit

A hand holds the bobbin/flyer unit with whorl on left and orifice on right. Thumb is on one of the flyer arms, other two are below to the right and above to the right. Thread comes from bobbin along side the thumb and through the orifice.

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Detail of cage on squirrel-cage swift

Horizontal rod fits over square post. Two short posts hold a cage comprised of two disks of wood with dowels in between. Three holes are seen on the side of the rod.

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Squirrel-cage swift

A low base holds a squared post to one side; At the bottom is a movable horizontal rod that fits over the post and holds a cage, which is comprised of two disks of wood with dowels in between. It is facing down. At the top is another movable horizontal rod with a similar cage, facing upwards.

KMW 1 B My 2nd Dominy wheel

Dominy great wheel

Simple rectangular table on three turned legs; drive-wheel post on right end; drive wheel has ten spokes around hub but one is missing, flat rim. Spindle post at left end is gently curved has a barrel tensioner on one side, with the screw to fasten it on the other.

Dominy spindle post B

Spindle post on Dominy wheel

Post curved on the bottom but round on the top, has a barrel shaped piece set through the side of the top section; threaded at the other end with nut.

Stiles patent to leaper B

Advertisement for Stiles Patent pendulum wheel

Old newspaper from Truro, Nova Scotia, dated May 23, 1808. Headline reads “New Advertisements. Stiles’ Patent Spinning Wheel Archibald, Leaper, & Co.”

Stiles and Trite wheel B MS09

"Stiles and Trite" wheel

Table with four legs holds two uprights; the one on right is low, the one on left is two thirds taller. A board goes across the uprights. A drive wheel is attached to the right-hand end of that board. At the top of the taller upright is a pendulum arm with a spindle on the end and a counterweight at the top.

corn husks 23 B

Corn husk bearings on accelerating spindle head

Fresh braided corn husk bearings hold a metal spindle next to the base of an accelerating head that has one post to hold the accelerating wheel at the top.

corn husks 15 B

Banding the corn husk braid

Right hand at top holds metal spindle in front of base of Miner’s head, corn husk braid is bent around metal. An awl is in the left hand at the bottom.

corn husks 13 B

Finished corn husk braid

Right hand at top holds the end of finished braid that is still attached to the vise.

corn husks 12 B

Corn husk braid in progress

Thumb holds piece of dried corn husk next to one section of the braid so that can be attached. Section of braided part can be seen in lower right corner.

Wood turner Kors Pers 1917 B

Photograph of wood turner Kors Pers. Courtesy of the Dalarnas Museum

Man stands on snow in front of a building. Next to him is a sled filled with a pile of three or four spinning wheels.

Women Dala-floda B

Photo of women and spinning wheels. Courtesy of the Dalarnas Museum.

Five women working in cow shed. Straw on the floor in foreground, backs of two cows in background. Women wearing traditional outfits with caps on their heads. Four are sitting at spinning wheels, one in back is reeling thread onto skein winder.

Painted Hjulback B

Hjulbäck wheel with floral design painted on top of table

Horizontal bobbin/flyer wheel in Hjulbäck style viewed from rear, with floral design painted on top surface of table. Paint also on ends of spokes, and on some of the turnings on parts of distaff, maidens, braces, and legs.

First wheel B

Hjulbäck spinning wheel

Spinning wheel with rectangular table on three legs; treadle between front legs, footman in back. Drive wheel with twelve spokes on right side, held by a pair of uprights set into the table, a pair of braces go from the uprights to one-third down the legs. At left end is mother-of-all holding the maidens and bobbin/flyer unit. Two parts of the distaff, set into the end of the table, are visible.

DPES wheel B

Double upright for drive wheel

Close-up of drive wheel with twelve spokes. One pair of uprights that go through the table holds the drive-wheel axle. A second pair of uprights, also set into the table, is connected to the first set by a threaded screw.

Click reel 13 B _082818

Painted reel with clicker and clock with gears engaged.

Two vertical support posts are rectangular up to the level of the reel axle and then turned (round) up to the top cross bar. Under each support posts is a foot running perpendicular with two horizontal spacers stabilizing the base. The axle between the support posts holds a reel consisting of three sets of arms with horizontal bars. On the left post is a clock face with Roman numerals and gears above it, a handle is attached on the right-hand side.

Click reel 12 B _082734

Detail of click reel

Close-up of left support post with painted clock face showing Roman numerals, with dial, date 1872, and a series of four flowers above. Gears can be seen behind post. On upper right end of the six arms of the reel are visible.

1847 RT 3 B mother of all

Detail of spinning wheel marked No. 55, RT,1847

Close-up of left end of table showing mother-of-all on rods going into support posts, bobbin/flyer, tension screw going through mother-of-all, part of drive wheel visible on right.

1847 RT 1 B overall

Spinning wheel marked No. 55, RT,1847

Treadle wheel with table on three legs. Two support posts have braces to table; hold drive wheel with 12 spokes. Mother-of-all rests between two rods that go from a board at end of table to wheel-support posts. A threaded tensioning screw passes through the board and the bottom of the mother-of-all.

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Detail of tabletop spinning wheel

Close-up shows turned horizontal mother-of-all with vertical maidens holding bobbin/flyer mechanism, threaded screw can be seen going through mother-fo-all, and doubled drive band around bobbin and whorl.

Repro Photo4 B_TableSpinningWheelcDavidBryant2020

Tabletop spinning wheel built by David Bryant adapted from a spinning wheel designed by John Jameson of York, England (c. 1780–1802).

A rectangular table with four turned posts that support a turned rectangular framework. Two short posts hold the drive wheel, with eight turned spokes. A handle is attached to the hub of the drive wheel. The mother-of-all, which fits onto the left end of the frame, holds the bobbin/flyer mechanism. It is controlled by a threaded screw set into the end of the frame. One short support arm set into table holds the water cup and another longer one holds the distaff.

Little wheel 9 B finished wheel

Restored laptop wheel

Oval base has rim around it. Two elegantly turned posts hold a drive wheel with six spokes and six half spokes in between them. At the other end the mother-of-all fits into the base; the maidens are turned like the wheel posts; the bobbin is wood but the flyer is brass with notches cut into it. A movable turned rod that is fastened to the base holds a wooden water cup.

Little wheel 6 B brass flyer

Detail of brass flyer from laptop wheel

A thumb and finger hold a U-shaped brass flyer with notches along one side. A wooden whorl is at the other end of the shaft.

Log top 4 B bird cage distaff

Log top double-flyer wheel with bird-cage distaff

Lower table on four legs, with treadle between. Two short posts hold drive-wheel. Four posts hold split upper table with additional round pieces that hold maidens for two bobbin/flyer units as well as four threaded screws. Three parts of turned distaff ends in bird cage style top. 

Burt 7 B spindle post

Detail of secondary table and spindle post.

Close up of secondary table on Granny Greer wheel showing the tension screw and the higher legs on the drive-wheel side making it slant away from the drive wheel.

Burt 2 B overall

"Granny Greer"- style great wheel

Large spindle wheel with three legs on a long table. Drive wheel on turned post has twelve spokes. A secondary table, on four short legs, is attached to other end of table. It holds a spindle post with a spindle head. A threaded screw goes through the end of this table so the spindle post can move in the slot.