09 July, 2010

Repaired Spinning Wheel


I may have gotten unpleasantly emphatic and insistent while talking with an antique shop owner, regarding my opinion that the spinning wheel on display does not need repair but rather needs replacement parts. (I look back with regret on my breach of Canadian reticence and good manners.)

Whoever the original spinning wheel owner was, he or she was faced with a broken bit that accepts the threaded adjustment knob. He or she glued the mother of all in place.

Glue the mother of all in place, and tension cannot be adjusted. I spin on a spindle and therefore don't fiddle with tension myself, but doesn't such a repair render the wheel pretty much unusable?

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