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American Saxony Wheel
American Saxony - starts at $1,400.00
We have been making this one to custom fit since 1975. 26" or 28" heavy-rim 'felly-built' wheel, precise vernier tension adjustments, superb flyer & bobbin arrangement (to your choice), any reasonable native North American wood (again, your choice)... this is the one responsible for the term 'production wheel'. Function first & foremost, but even so, much attention to decorative details, turnings & finish. Flyer & bobbins statically & dynamically balanced, proofed at high speeds. Bearing inserts used with all rotating surfaces, except tension screw. Furnished with oil bottle, extra drive cord, wheel hook, bobbin rack, 3 spare bobbins, pin & leg starter, & a cake of beeswax. 24 to 36 month wait.

Canadian Saxony Production Wheel
Canadian Saxony - starts at $1,000.00
Built to give the same performance as the American Saxony, but in a 'no-frills' mode. Standard wheel is 26" in dia., 'felly-built'. Simple, positive strap-&-bar tension adjustment, plain legs & posts, no detail decorations. MLH. Still, you have a choice of drive systems & flyer arrays. Wheel geometry & dimensions are custom fit to your needs. Knocks down for storage, transport. Furnished with oil bottle, extra drive cord, wheel hook, bobbin rack, 2 spare bobbins, pin & leg starter, & a cake of beeswax. 12 to 18 month wait.

Jumbo Canadian Saxony Wheel
Jumbo Canadian Saxony - starts at $2,200.00
This is the 'big' one. 36" flat-rim wheel, 12 spokes, 30" bench. We build these to meet the needs of demonstrators, historical interpreters & other public performers. Uses strap-&-bar tension system. Will work with any of our flyer arrays but we recommend our #1-1/2 flyer or our #2 flyer. Built to your measure (treadle & leg geometry, positioning). Furnished with oil bottle, extra drive cord, wheel hook, bobbin rack, 2 spare bobbins, pin & leg starter, & a cake of beeswax. Draws spectators like honey draws flies. Knocks down for transport & storage, but with a 36" wheel, 'knocks down' is a relative term. Oak with maple. 24 to 36 month wait.

Canadian Flat Rim Wheel
24" Flat Rim Canadian - starts at $950.00
Nearest thing we have to a 'standard model' spinning wheel. 24" dia. flat-rim drive wheel, 12 spokes. Overall height is 40", requires about a 30"-by-40" footprint. Strap & bar tension system. Your choice of flyer arrays, but we recommend our #3/4 or #1. MLH. Leg treadle geometry made to customer measure. Knocks down for storage, transport. Furnished with oil bottle, extra drive cord, wheel hook, bobbin rack, 2 spare bobbins, pin & leg starter, & a cake of beeswax. 12 to 18 month wait.
English Flat Rim - starts at $1,100.00
Small Saxon-style spinning wheel. Flat rim wheel. 18" dia., 2" wide, 12 spokes. Overall height is 36". Bench is 20" long. MLH. Tension adjustment is traditional screw-&-mortise system. Flyer-bobbin array is Amos #1/2 double-drive flyer. Drive ratios are determined by customer parameters & abilities; typical values are in the 15-to-20/1 range. Decorative details & turnings are English idiom circa 1740. this wheel disassembles, transports easily in a 20" suitcase. Includes oil bottle, extra drive cord, wheel hook, bobbin rack, 2 spare bobbins, pin & leg starter, & a hunk of beeswax. 12 to 18 month wait.

Irish Castle Wheel
Irish Castle Wheel, maple - Ask for quote
The Irish Castle Wheel is one of the few spinning designs that has a true home of origin - Donegal, and in particular, County Antrim. The design dates from perhaps the late 17th century; certainly there are example in museums dating prior to the last quarter of the 18th century. By the 1830's, this type of wheel was being built in North America. The set-up has several advantages: for one, it is quite stable. For another, the wheel is 'non-handed'; that is, it makes no difference if you are right or left handed. From the builder's point of view, the wheel does not require any planks or slabs in construction. It is a tall design, with our version (22-inch diameter wheel) reaching about 48 inches above the floor. The Irish Castle wheel does NOT break down for ease in packing and transport. The drive wheel may be dismounted from the frame, but you are still left with a rather heavy, robust 30-inch tall sort of three-legged barstool, and that part does not get any smaller. Irish Castle wheels were originally designed for the spinning of flax, a job that they do well at. For various mechanical reasons, there are obvious limits as to how large a flyer and bobbin can be fitted - which means that the set-up does best with garment-range yarns, say from 2000 ypp to 10,000 ypp. Since the tension adjustments are 'upside down' with respect to the operator, they take some getting used to. This wheel comes with your choice of flyer-bobbin arrangements, two additional bobbins, bobbin rack, oil bottle, threading hook, spare drive cord, bee's wax, and a ply sampling 'aid'. We recommend our #3/4 double-drive, bobbin-lead flyer array. The example wheel is in sugar maple; also available in oak.

Scottish Castle Wheel
Scottish Castle Wheel, maple - No longer available
Scottish Castle Wheel - Like its cousin, the Irish Castle, this wheel takes advantage of its height (40+ inches) by putting a good-sized drive wheel (22 inch diameter) into a small floor space, or 'footprint'. Un-like the Irish Castle, this wheel may be built as 'right' or 'left' handed: That is, the flyer orifice may be to either the left side of the bench, or to the right side of the bench. In addition, the wheel dis-assembles easily for transport and shipping. A traditional design, and one suited for the historical personage. Wheels of this basic design have been in use since the middle of the 18th century, and this wheel is appropriate for spinning flax and wool to garment and domestic standards. Comes with your choice of flyer/bobbin array ( we advise our # 1, double-drive, bobbin-lead setup), two additional bobbins, bobbin rack, oil bottle, hunk of bee's wax, extra drive cord material, threading hook and a twist sampling aid. Available in Oak (traditional Scottish) or Sugar Maple (Colonial American). Example pictured has bench mounted distaff, available at xtra cost. Additional flyer/bobbin arrays are available, and are easily changed. Tensioning is of the strap type, similar to our Canadian wheels.

Williamsburg Great Wheel


Williamsburg Great Wheel
Colonial Great Wheel - starts at $1,600.00
Full-size 'generic' facsimile of typical North American Great or Wool Wheel, circa 1770-1830. This is a composite design, not a duplicate of any one wheel. Drive wheel is approx. 40" in dia., with 2-1/4" wide rim. MLH. All pegs, keys, nuts, etc. of appropriate woods. Spindle support post has iron or copper collar; tapered socket for various spindle heads. Drive-cord tension adjustment is by through-post hand screw, locking nuts. Wheel is furnished with our 'bat' or 'palm' spindle head. Wheel bearings are 'cone & box' type (similar to wagon wheels). Knocks down for storage, transport. Furnished with modern oil bottle, extra drive cord material, & a chunk of beeswax. 18 to 24 month wait.

Vertical-Frame Swiss Wheel


Vertical-Frame Swiss Wheel
Vertical Frame Swiss Spinning Wheel - starts at $1,200.00
Efficient, 'modern' design from Switzerland. In use from 19th century (possibly much earlier) to present day. Excellent for flax spinning. Simple, robust design. 22" 'Felly-Built' drive wheel, plain timber frame base. Screw tensioning for mother-of-All. Our #1 flyer is recommended for general service; our Flat-arm Saxon flyer for wool, & the Old-Style Wide flyer for flax. Compact 'footprint' (22" by 14"), useful in cramped quarters. MLH. Furnished with oil bottle, extra drive cord, wheel hook, bobbin rack, 2 spare bobbins & a cake of beeswax. This wheel DOES NOT knock down. 24 to 36 month wait.

Minor's Head
Minor's Head - $400.00
Replica Minor's Head (accelerating head) for great wheels. This is a duplicate of an original (circa 1820) Minor's Patent Head: 12" steel spindle, braided straw or husk bearings, wooden copp disk, 6-to-1 drive ratio, 'grommet'-style drive band. Input whorl dia.: 1-1/2", 3-groove. Head is designed to mount in tapered spindle post socket. Taper is about 5 degrees; major dia. is 1".

Palm or Bat Spindle Head
Palm or Batt Spindle Head - $265.00
Universal replacement spindle head for great wheels. Plugs into socket of spindle support post or block... about a 5 degree taper. Same unit as supplied with the Colonial Great Wheel. 14" tapered steel spindle, 'mule'-style (square) tip, 2" copp, bronze bearings, leather bearing supports. Has multi-groove, 1-1/4" dia. drive whorl.

Motor Spinner - #1 Motor Base
#1 Motor Base - $850.00
For faultless, consistent performance at any speed, this is the one. Heavy-duty, T-frame base with 3 removable legs; industrial double-shaft 1/15 HP series-wound motor; heavy-duty speed controller & foot rheostat; 12-foot line cord, 6-foot control cord. Standard flyer/bobbin array is Amos' #1-1/2 double-drive BL system, 3 bobbins. Array is static/dynamic balanced, proofed over 3600 rpm. 1/4" orifice; eye; polished & relieved. Flyer fitted with steel ferrule; bobbins have BostoneTM insert shaft bearings; flyer supports with BostoneTM sleeve & flange bearings. mother-of-All fully adjustable for bias, drive cord tension, alignment. Motor mount adjustable for swing, bias, direction. Comes with rack for 2 spare bobbins, oil bottle, threading hook, drive-cord jig, manual of sorts, & a twisty-stick sampling aid.


A word about woods: Much of what we make is constructed of 'MLH' or 'Mixed Light Hardwoods'... which is to say mostly maple, birch, beech & the like. The woods are not light in weight, just light-colored.

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