April 01, 2011

Luttrell Psalter Film

There is a spinning wheel pictured in the Luttrell Psalter, a 14th century European manuscript, and that wheel is constructed on the same principles as a great wheel.

You can see a wheel based on the Luttrell Psalter in use WAG Screen's Luttrell Psalter Film online at http://www.luttrellpsalter.org.uk/.  The film is a live action interpretation of the manuscript.  The wheel appears at the 4:30 mark.  There's a closeup of winding yarn on the wheel's spindle at 5:45.  The spinner is using a wheelboy to turn the wheel.

Stick around for the 12 minute mark.  I have no idea how the angry wife's drop spindle stays attached to her flax distaff as she beats the cowering husband over the head with it.

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