|Project by hoss12992||posted 252 days ago||752 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
This was a really cool project and I felt honored to have the opportunity to work on this one. This flax wheel does not have a nail or anything in it. It was built using various types of wood, green and seasoned. As the green wood dried out, it compressed and thats how the spokes where held in place, well that and a twig used as a tenon. The wheel was much the same. The story behind it was that this flax wheel belonged to a 86 year old lady and had belonged to at least her great grandmother, that we know of. It had been passed down through the family until it reached her. Somehow something fell on it and busted it all to pieces, and the lady was beside herself to say the least. Her son said not to worry and that he would get it fixed if possible. He talked to a mutual friend and was describing the situation and had no idea of where to find somebody to see if it could be repaired. Our mutual friend told him that he knew a fellar that could fix it if it could be fixed. So I then got a call, and felt like I won the lottery to have the chance to work on such a fine piece. I had to make several spokes and also in my research learned that it was missing several pieces from its original hay day. So I then made those pieces too. Some where made of iron so I got to fire up the old coal fired forge and make those too. Most were various types of wood. Needless to say, the elderly lady was totally blown away by it and the son was happy, happy, happy! I had checked with several museums, and nobody around here had one nearly this old. I think it turned out pretty good.
-- The Old Rednek Workshop