Several months ago, John Switzer of Black Bear Forge posted a picture on Instagram of his wife’s spinning wheel. The rim of the wheel was made of two pieces and laminated together but the laminations were coming apart. He asked for advice on repairing it and had many suggestions including mine. The wheel was a gift and has sentimental value, which you can’t put a price tag on. My advice was simply to leave the original wheel alone and make a new one that would be usable and offered to attempt to make one.
I had no idea if I would be able to make it or not, but John agreed to send me the wheel and let me give it a try. It is 24″ in diameter with five irregular spokes, made from quarter sawn white oak and has an orange shellac finish.
There are some interesting challenges with working in the round. I’m looking forward to learning some new things and working out the process.