Spinning wheel making
The making of spinning wheels to spin yarn from natural or synthetic fibres. (See also spinning)
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Spinning wheels were first used in India, between 500 and 1000 AD. Spinning machinery, such as the spinning jenny and spinning frame, displaced the spinning wheel in industry, though its use has continued in cottage industry and artisan production.
Issues affecting the viability of the craft
- There is an upsurge in knitting and weaving and there are a number of small multinational suppliers of spinning and weaving equipment that meet the demand. These companies tend to use modern materials and high end equipment to make an acceptable product at a competitive price.
Craftspeople currently known
- Rod Grant
- David Bryant
- Tracy Miles sells a Georgian great wheel made by her father.
- Michael Williams has made one great wheel and may be prepared to make more if people are willing to pay the asking price which is a fair rate for the hours and materials.
Woodland Turnery has recently closed following retirement. Owners Clive and Joan Jones tried to sell the business with five potential buyers all dropping out for various reasons. They have now sold on their demo wheels.
Valerie and David Bryant have been researching early spinning-wheel makers in the UK for many years.