A Country Craftsman is a brand of a Saxony style wheel. There are many, many makers of Saxon wheels, just saying.
A distaff is used to spin flax. The flax is prepped by making layers of the fiber crossways to each other, than draped and tied on to the distaff. Sometimes a basket is used, but it is not needed. You can also use a distaff to hold your wool for spinning, again it needs to be gently tied to the distaff.
The color of the ribbons used on the distaff used to signify if the spinner was single, married, et al. I can't find the url for that, but it was very interesting reading!
As for making a flyer, bobbins & whorl.... are you a woodworker of have acess to one?
Grace Hatton (and her husband) restores wheels. They would be a good resource for you.