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Old 05-02-2008, 03:15 PM   #1
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Anyone heard of this book
I saw this book on Ebay, but I can't see it on Amazon or abebooks. Its called "understanding the spinning wheel" by Eric Corran. My dad has a wood turning lathe and was interested to find out how to make spinning wheels, but I am trying to persuade him that it's too complicated and his lathe doesn't do big pieces. That and the fact that I've never used a wheel so I wouldn't know what I wanted! It's supposed to be written by someone who used to make spinning wheels and has plans (I think). I did a search on the internet and someone recommended it for plans.
The postage alone is the nearly the same price as the book...
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Old 05-02-2008, 06:42 PM   #2
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there is a book called A No-Lathe Saxony-Style Spinning Wheel Construction Manual by Richard & Myrna Schneider. Tell your dad to check this book out.
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I two used ones available on Amazon but even used they start at $78.95.
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Old 05-07-2008, 11:56 PM   #4
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Silver's dad made her wheel but he works with wood for a living. Still, she may be able to put your dad on the right track. You can find good wheels on e-bay for decent prices.
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My dad's been trying to convince me to learn to spin since I started knitting. He too offered to make me a spinning wheel. I was able to convince him that building a spinning wheel was to complicated by borrowing some books about building spinning wheels from the library. Wheels and looms : making equipment for spinning and weaving by David Bryant was a good one.

As for the one that you mentioned. I'd never seen it but I found it on chapters.ca in used & rare books for $313.55, which works out to about 160 GBP. So the one you found on ebay is certainly a steal.
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Originally Posted by KnittinMitchie View Post
there is a book called A No-Lathe Saxony-Style Spinning Wheel Construction Manual by Richard & Myrna Schneider. Tell your dad to check this book out.
My dad found it on Amazon and is now happily sitting on the couch reading it. He likes playing with wood, and as he's semi-retired he gets bored easily - so it might be a project to keep him occupied!
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He's got as far as the bobbins and flyer, and he's cut out the wheel. He got some bits of metal piping etc for free as when he went to the builders merchants they were a bit entertained when they asked what he wanted parts for. He's made the actual wheel out of MDF, which I'm not sure about myself - beggars can't be choosers but I don't know if it'll affect performance. It's keeping him occupied anyhow, but I hope it works!
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oh how nice to have someone to build a wheel for ya!

and i don't think the mdf would be a problem at all..ashford kiwi's are made of it ans i only hear good things about those. i'm sure there are a few others made of it too

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