Woo hoo!!! I'm soooo excited today! I found an antique German spinning wheel on Craig's List in Iowa City. I corresponded with the owner of it, and she needed a small repair done on an armoire that she had. She offered the spinning wheel (which does need some minor repair) in exchange for the repair. Kelly, being a woodworker, was perfect for the job! So, off he went, and today he brought home this darling wheel.
All I know is that it is German, and that it belonged to the woman's grandmother. The woman herself came to the US from Germany as a teen, and I estimate she is in her mid 40s. Does anyone know anything about German wheels and what kind this might be, etc? I would love to learn more about it.
As you can see, it has these little white headed pins or tacks all the way around the wheel and at the base. I don't know if they are original, but the heads feel cold to the touch, as if they might be glass and not plastic.
I just can't wait to learn how to use it. We are taking a class starting on Jan 13 to learn how to spin our own wool. We will learn drop spindle and wheel techniques. Then of course I will have to wait for spring and our own shearing, but in the meantime, I have purchased some lovely rovings for practice.
Hope that someone can tell me more about my new (to me!) wheel! I will be doing a little bit of dusting and cleaning of it soon. I love it that it will be put to use again for its original purpose. Not soon enough for impatient little me!