Hello I am hoping someone out there can help with identifying or giving me any information on this spinning wheel I just purchased at a consignment store who got it at auction. A few adjustments and it does a fine job spinning. But it only came with one bobbin. The flyer has 9 hooks on each side and spins very fast compared to the traditional Ashford I have been working with. Any information would be so greatly appreciated. I have more pics if that would help you. It is a double drive but missing the second drive band at the time of this pic.
This almost looks like my Country Craftsman. Your's only has one drive band however which makes me think it is an early Ashford. So I'm not convinced that yours is a County Craftsman.
One reason your wheel spins fast is that it is designed for high output and only for thinner yarn/threads. It would be nice to see a close up of the spool on the wheel especially where the band drives the spool. Flax wheels also spin fast.
If it is a C.C. they are no longer being made. The spools can be found but are typically in poor condition. Check on eBay. Or with spinning groups in your area.
Nice looking wheel.
I believe most Country Craftsman are signed under the base. Did you look underneath for identification that might help?
Thank you so much for your response! Here is a pic of the spool. Also the wheel has 14 spokes if that makes any difference.
No there is no markings anywhere that I can see at this time. :-( I do know a excellent furnature maker who might be able to make some bobbins for me. I will keep my fingers crossed and call him.
Looks like an Ashford. I'm going to see some spinning and weaving friends next weekend. I'll take the photos with me.
If you need some bobbins made, contact:
Q's Quality Wood Work: Steven R. McEwen, Artisan
Spinning Wheels & Accessories
web page is coming: qsqualitywoodwork.com
Steve does really good work and will make sure he gets it right.
It looks like it can be set up as a double drive. You would just need to make a longer drive belt.
It doesn't look like you ever received satisfactory information on your wheel, which is not an Ashford. Ashfords are and always have been easily identified by a craftsman's mark, and their whorls are not so ornate, either. This looks like a small maker, and whatever that wood is, it's not the Ashford silverbeech or plywood that they use.
Anyway, should you still desire clarification on your very pretty wheel, I would recommend posting this information into a Ravelry.com forum where many an antique, rare, and unmarked wheel have been successfully IDed by that community. I'm sorry I can't help beyond removing one possibility of maker. Best of luck!