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Old 05-23-2007, 05:18 PM   #1
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Which Wheel do you all think is better?
I'm looking to buy my first spinning wheel. There are a few things to keep in mind.

1. I'm a new spinner. I've only spun on a wheel about 5 times in the last 5 years.

2. I'm going to be involved with the SCA (Historical reinactors) where I would like to be able to use my wheel.

3. Do you recomend a single or double Treadle for a beginner?

Now my choices in my price range are:
Ashford Traveler
Ashford Traditional
Louet S10 (would probably not be able to use at the SCA)
Lendrum Single Treadle (Folding)

Thank you for all the help!
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Old 05-23-2007, 06:09 PM   #2
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They're all good wheels, so I'm basing my opinion on looks only. I would suggest the Ashford Traditional because it is such a "traditional" looking wheel so it would work nicely with your reenactments. And I think that type of wheel is prettier all around. But it doesn't travel as easily as the smaller upright wheels.

My wheel is a traditional style (plus it's pretty heavy) and when I have to take it somewhere, it's quite an ordeal. But hubby made a little cart for me to wheel it around so I make do just fine.

Anyway, I'm not much help, I know. But good luck on whichever you choose!!
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Thank you for the info. I wasn't sure if one would be better then the others for a beginner. I'm leaning toward the traditional and the traveler, for the looks as well. I can't wait...lol
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I made my decission and went with the single treadle, single drive, scotch tension system Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel. It was a better value came with more accessories and can be used in SCA type events as well as historical events.

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YAY!!! My dad made my wheel, but he fashioned it after that very Ashford Traditional with scotch tension. You'll love it!!!
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wow silver- your dad did a great job, thats a beautiful wheel!
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I bought my Ashford Traveller from a friend who used it in re-enactments for the historical society. She hid the scotch tension somehow, but felt that the Walnut Finish made it look like it fit the period better? I dunno. I think it's gorgeous though. And I love spinning on it.
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Wow that is a beautiful wheel Silver! I tried to get my Dad to make me one, but retirement has been just too busy...

I soooooo can't wait to get my wheel... it will take 4+ weeks for shipping
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Originally Posted by Leah22b View Post
I soooooo can't wait to get my wheel... it will take 4+ weeks for shipping
4+ weeks?
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Old 05-25-2007, 10:03 AM   #10
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Congratulations on your wheel, Leah!!!

And Silver, yours is beautiful!!

I STILL have not played with my Joy since getting it for Christmas. However, I have a lot more time to do what I want (I just recently got divorced) so I'm looking forward to spinning!!
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