Class Photo

In that way that things sometimes go, a wheel followed me home yesterday…

It’s an older Country Craftsman, a 24″ Saxony wheel, literally never used. It needs some cleaning up and minor tweaks, but should be a solid enough spinner once those are all squared away.

Posting the picture on Ravelry, though, resulted in folks asking to see pictures of all my wheels. At first I laughed that off, but then, the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like a neat idea. The boys helped me get everybody lined up on the deck for a class picture:

We took a couple.

The tall kids are standing at the rear. We let the Autoknitter join in despite not being a spinning wheel, on account of it’s a very cool machine, and tall. In the middle of the back row of tall kids is my old Majacraft Suzie (more on her later), which I really need to ask Glynis for more info about one of these days. At right in the back row is the Country Craftsman you saw earlier.

Middle row, from left: Bosworth Journey Wheel, Schacht Matchless, Majacraft Suzie Pro with accelerator head, Majacraft Saxonie, Louet Julia (S-11), Fricke S-160F.

Front row (seated), from left: Bosworth Book Charkha and Bosworth Book Charkha B-1, Ertoel Roberta, 1964 vintage double drive electric spinner (LOUD!), Louet Victoria.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be telling you in detail about each of these wheels. And by the end of the summer, I’m expecting a couple of them to matriculate and move out.

(That means I’m going to sell 2 of them before the summer is over)

35 thoughts on “Class Photo

  1. Yowza! I have three wheels and can barely keep them all satisfied! I am looking forward to hearing about the Journey wheel. And the spindle collection! πŸ˜‰

  2. Wheels are just like bikes and cars, they are all different. It takes a while to get to know them too. I also like to play around with different types of brake and drive bands.

    I pretty much leave the double drive for fine worsted spinning. Scotch tension for plying and my half baked version of long draw.

    I’d like to add a bobbin led wheel to my collection.

    I keep telling myself, it’s just a hobby, it’s just a hobby, it’s just a hobby…

  3. and I felt a bit guilty when I bought the double drive Sheridan MacArthur and a Roberta, even though I already had a perfectly servicable Ashford Traddy

    mind you in an apocalypse I’d still take the cats over a wheel [ probably ]

  4. Did I happen to mention I have a crush on your Majacraft Saxony?

  5. The growth of your family, or at least your class, is not over yet (acceptance of this fact will come to you eventually).

    Your group has a number of relatives stranded out in the East who have recently been suffering from adverse climate (flooding) and other threats/risks. They really need to be rescued, and would fit right in with the rest of the family, and not make trouble at least once you got them integrated, found space for them to live, and the like. Some of them are quite unusual; one will certainly qualify as the senior member of the group, and maybe the tallest too.

    Only 2 of them are wheels, but all have traits and quirks that immediately identify them as family members (stubborn or even wooden aspect, inability to be invisible, need for attention, etc.)

    I will send photos of these adorable orphans next time I find my digital camera; you won’t be able to resist their rescue and adoption!

  6. I’m a relatively new spinner (four months), but I think the Country Craftsman is the most underrated wheel out there. I just got one about a month ago, secondhand of course, but it had never been spun on–only used for decoration in a fiber shop. It’s a real production wheel. After I broke it in, it blew my beginner’s Ashford Traditional out of the water in terms of smoothness, fineness, and sheer speed. Talk about spinning like butter. The websites that say the Country Craftsman “practically treadles by itself” are not exaggerating–even on the super-small dime-sized fast whorl, it’s easy to treadle. It’s handcrafted, not manufactured, and though it lacks some of the finer aesthetic touches that the really fine wheels have, its design proportions are lovely to look at (the older and newer ones differ slightly in design, but both are lovely), and it truly cranks out the yarn. I just wish I had the large mother-of-all that accommodates the four-ounce bobbins, though I can usually get four oz. onto my 2-oz bobbins–but I wish I had more room for plying. But hey–that’s why we “need” more than one wheel! πŸ™‚

  7. WOW!!! What a cool set of wheels!!! I’ve always aspired to own a Schacht Matchless, but finding two Ashfords being dumped cheap made it impossible for me to justify the Schacht purchase.

  8. Ok Madame Spinner, when are you writing that article on wheel maintenance?

    Taking in orphans can be a lot of work. I’ve got a Little Gem here that is overdue for its 100k service. Body has a few dings, it runs but I think its looking at a drivetrain overhaul.

  9. Abby, Yours is the only other 13-spoke CC wheel I’ve ever seen!! I have a 13-spoke Country Craftsman made and stamped by Jerome Rooney, the original owner of the company (1972-1981). An email from Cindy Franzek, wife of the 2nd owner of CC, said Mr. Rooney made some 13-spoke wheels but Mr. Franzek didn’t. Anyone have any more information of these wheels?

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