My dad's wheel was his first ever and he really didn't know squat about them when he started. He was optimistic, and the end result is wonderful. Not only beautiful, but spins really, really well. (Thank you for the nice words about it!)
If DH is offering, I'd totally take him up on the offer! What's the worst that can happen? It doesn't work? So you buy one anyway. And if it does work, you'll have a treasured spinning wheel forever!