Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Spinning Wheel Restoration

We really appreciate this letter we received from a customer in Scotland and the story behind the photographs she sent us.

"Enclosed is a before and after photo you kindly helped try to find a bobbin for to fit this 24" Norwegian Wheel - I have now met the lady owner from Iceland, who confirms that it belonged to her great grandmother, so must be in excess of 100 years plus."

"We have a good friend professional wood turner who has made 2 more bobbins [made from the dimensions of the bobbin she already had], my husband has completely restored/balanced this lovely wheel - giving her lessons myself, enrolled in the Dumfries Spinning Guild (with over 40 members meeting once a month)."

"In conclusion, your company will be quietly distributed in South West Scotland, as very helpful to keep us spinning."

Although we were unable to find new bobbins that matched the original bobbin, we suggested that she have them made by a wood turner and supplied her with contact details of a professional we have used in the past.  This feedback inspired the lady to contact her friend to make the bobbins.  We were able to help further, the reconditioned wheel now sports an Ashford Drive Band and replacement flyer hooks and its smooth running is assisted by the purchase of an Ashford Oil Bottle.

Spinning wheel waiting to be restored

Before

The spinning wheel is restored and now working

After

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