This is a blog about a would be fiber artist/addict riding the slippery slope from middle age to senility. Welcome to the ride!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Canadian Production Wheel
Last week a Canadian Production Wheel came to live at my house. She is a beauty and she spins like the wind. I have been fascinated by these lovely wheels for over a year; they are relatively available, reasonably priced and spin well. Finding a wheel is not a problem, I see them at The Merlin Tree booth at fiber festivals, on Craig's List and on Ebay. This particular wheel came from the long time owner of the wheel who happens to own a small Antique shop in a nearby town. The wheel was not actually for sale, it was just in the shop so that the owner could spin while the shop was quiet. And she had spun on it for may many years, I am guessing since the 30's. Over a year ago I was in the shop, which is rarely open, and I asked about the wheel, she let me spin on it, and honestly I was not impressed. I asked if she would sell it anyway, though I was not seriously interested, and the price was, honestly, unbelievably low.
Mother of All
Over a year went by, every time I went through the small town the shop was closed, and I thought perhaps that the woman had passed away. Then, early last week the shop was open so I went in. The wheel was still there, still not really for sale, and was a lot dustier; in fact, part of a plaster wall had collapsed in it, so we had to dig it out. I asked if it was for sale ( and I knew it would probably be the only sale that week, if not that month) and the owner quoted the same low price. I bought her, brought her home, bathed her in Murphy's Oil Soap and made a new drive band. Then I sat down to spin and I am in heaven. She's fast and smooth and spins fine, smooth yarn in a flash. I posted her picture on Ravelry and within minutes found out that she was built by Fred Bodura in St Hyacinthe, Quebec, probably in the early 20th century. She is an unmarked wheel and a tuplet ( past a quintuplet and sextuplet...) there are many just like her attributed to the same family of wheel makers. Since many CPWs have names, hers is Annette.