|Project by Stonekettle||posted 08-26-2014 02:22 AM||512 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Bobbins – or what I did with an hour of my afternoon.
A spinner at the Alaska State Fair asked if I could duplicate the bobbin for her antique spinning wheel.
That’s it, the original piece, in the back of the picture there. She only had the one – and since the wheel was handmade in Canada long ago, it’s not like she could just order up another from Amazon. These things are hardly stock items in standard sizes, at least for the antique wheels anyway. I’ve got no idea what the original is made from, some kind of softwood, spruce maybe. It’s been broken and glued back together so many times it looks like a jigsaw puzzle on close examination.
I made her two new bobbins. You can see the first finished and laying on top of the rough components for the second one. The new ones are made from maple and have brass bushings so they should last at least as long as the original. The finish is Mahoney’s oil wax.
-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station