March 12, 2012

J. Young

Judith Buxton's Selected Canadian Spinning Wheels in Perspective: An Analytical Approach (Hull: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1992) refers on page 154 to a family of chair makers in Lunenburg, NS that also made spinning wheels under the names J. Young and F. Young.

When I visited the Knaut-Rhuland House museum in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia last year, there was a spinning wheel in the front room marked J. Young.  Makes it a very local product.


  1. I am the proud owner of 3 flax spinning wheels made by the Young Bros of Lunenburg,NS. One is signed J. Young, one F. Young and an identical one which is not signed. I am missing the spindle and flyer on one. If anyone out there has the original parts for sale I'm interested. E-mail address is

    1. thanks, I'm sure your pride of ownership is well-founded since these wheels are held in museum collections too.

      If you haven't already, you might also try posting on the discussion board

      All the best. Other spinners tell me that it's challenging to get replacement flyers and bobbins to fit antique wheels, whether antique or custom reproduction.


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