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Is it worth restoring wool spinning wheel?

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Asked by Tim Wright | Question date:  Aug 11, 2022 | Member since:  Aug 11, 2022

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I have come across an old vintage wool spinning wheel and was wondering if there are any experts out there who could offer me a bit of advice.

I quite like the idea of restoring it, and the more I look at it, the more I realise what a clever, simple piece of engineering a spinning wheel is. So it would great to see it working again and maybe even have a go at spinning some wool myself. My wife loves to knit and it might be quite a fun project we could do together. We could set up a production line and turn sheep into scarves, lol.

But this spinning wheel I think has seen much better days, and I don't think they have any inherent value, even if it was in very good condition. What do you think?

Also I think there are a few pieces missing. Obviously it is missing the belt that drives the spindle from the wheel and the connecting linkage from the foot pedal up to the wheel crank. I'm not really sure what the long stick is for, anyone know?

But the biggest problem, you can probably see from the pictures, is the wood worm. I'm not sure where it was left, but I think it sat there for quite a few years. The whole thing is actually a little warped. I'm not sure how much of a problem wood worm is, after it has been treated. I once had an old house that had beams in the ceiling, and some of them had wood worm and they were fine.

So maybe I could just treat it and repair the odd bits here and there and it would be fine. Then I'm only left with one problem. How to spin wool? But that's a problem for another day.

Anyway, just wanted to see if there was anyone out there who had any good experience of a woollen spinning wheel. And if they thought it would be an easy or difficult task to get it back to working condition. And if I have missed anything glaringly obvious?

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Question date:  Aug 11, 2022
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