I have in my possession a spinning wheel that’s been in my family for generations. My great? grandfather RESTORED it, but it’s not in perfect condition. It’s actually been in pieces in a box as far back as I can remember. I think I may have just assembled it for the first time in decades. I became interested in it after trying to determine what another old spinning thing was in my attic (turns out it’s a spinner’s weasel), and that reminded me I had a wheel as well and I decided to take it out.
I’m decent at fixing things, so I think most of the repairs it needs are well within my capability - shouldn’t be anything more than some wood glue, a dowel, and some oil, but one that will be a real problem is that at some point it was turned from a functional piece into a decorative piece. I know this because they replaced the flyer spindle and orifice with a hand-carved wooden replica that’s painted silver.
Bless their heart. It’s obvious they put a lot of work into mimicking the original piece, and had no idea they were rendering the wheel inoperable. My question is if you all are aware if I can purchase just this piece of a wheel. I’d like to keep the rest of the flyer/ spindle assembly, since it matches the wheel and is in excellent condition. Can I buy only this part somewhere?
If it turns out I can’t, I may try and have a machinist friend of mine fabricate a new one based on the wooden model. I’m not sure what else I could do.