Issue #80 – April 2013


• The “McIntosh” Spinning Wheel Adventure
• The 1798 McIntosh Double-Flyer Wheel
• Flat-Rim Spinning Wheels
• A Turkish-Style Spinning Wheel With Boxwood Parts


Highlights From This Issue

In this issue we learn about several wheels that were found in pieces in boxes that were reassembled and brought back to life. A number of wheels with flat rims and treadles are compared in the hope of learning where they originated. And an old favorite is analyzed in a different way.

The “McIntosh” Spinning Wheel Adventure

Nancy Duncan offered to reassemble some spinning-wheel parts that had come in a box from Nova Scotia to Texas. She was pleased to discover two spinning wheels, and one was marked “ALEXR McINTOSH 1858.” This was the beginning of her adventure to learn as much as she could about him and his wheels.

The 1798 McIntosh Double-Flyer Wheel

Another box of wheel parts came to members of the Aurora Colony Handspinners’ Guild in Canby, OR. When restored it was a horizontal double-flyer spinning wheel marked “ALEXR McINTOSH 1798.” It raised even more questions about this family of spinning-wheel makers from Pictou, Nova Scotia.

Flat-Rim Spinning Wheels

Caroline Foty recently acquired a flat-rim spinning wheel that has a treadle. Although Canadian in origin, it is not technically a Canadian Production Wheel. Little is known about this wheel structure, but with help from friends on Ravelry she has compiled a baker’s dozen of samples to analyze.

A Turkish-Style Spinning Wheel With Boxwood Parts

A Turkish-style wheel was my first antique spinning wheel. We have discussed Turkish-style wheels several times over the years, searching for the source and considering how to spin on one. Eugene Klingshirn took a different approach—he analyzed the wood from which it was made.