Originally uploaded by purlingswine
Do you see it? all shiny and old/new?
This wheel was among some antiques being sold at the Pickle Festival on Sunday. One of the historical society members had it for sale, but it was covered in dirt, has only one bobbin and I wasn’t completely convinced it would work.
My friend Flair helped me to negotiate a sweet deal and I brought it home. I have spent yesterday and today cleaning it up.
I first gave it a bath with Murphy’s. Then I put two coats of butcher’s wax. It is a Canadian production wheel with a cast iron treadle and a clamp for tensioning (can you tell I did a bit of Internet research as well?). So I thought I would put some Linseed oil on the metal parts.
I could not get the cap off the Linseed oil and I grabbed some peanut oil out of my pantry. Well, it made the metal look so nice that I rubbed it into the entire wheel.
I should have just coated it with peanut butter because now Mr. Poe keeps licking it!!
Anyway, it cleaned up beautifully (check out the Flickr pages for some before shots) and it is going to work. I just need some advice on the double drive situation. It seems that the bobbin and flyer are spinning at the exact same rate and the yarn is not being pulled onto the bobbin as a result. I did find a cotton string for the drive band, but that did not do the trick. I wonder if I have too much oil on it and it’s simply too slippery ?
anyway, guild is in two weeks and it just so happens that the topic will be equipment! I am sure that someone there will be able to get me on the right track. For now I will have to be content to simply stare at it!