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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 itโ€™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. Nice shot of the Craftsman – my first wheel was a CC – also unused, originally purchased in 1988 for decoration. Almost blasphemy, I know!

    You know the saying “we’ve done so much with so little for so long, we’re convinced we can do anything with nothing at all” – having learned to spin on a Craftsman, I’m *pretty* sure I can tackle any wheel thrown my way. Not master, by any means, but adequate.

  2. Boy, and people think *I* have a lot of wheels! :snicker: I only have…let’s see…AA Norwegian Saxony, AA Scottish Castle, AA Banjo Charka (seems to be a trend), Ashford Traveller (on loan), Antique Candian Production Wheel (still in Boston, ’cause we can’t figure out how to ship it home), and an AA Production Wheel that’s due to be shipped..sometime soon, if the wheel stork is to be believed. (I’ve also owned – and rehomed – an Ashford Joy and Louet S-15)

    I am going to show your photo to people to show that *I* am not at all out of line! ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. any hints as to who will be moving on?

  4. You are my hero.

  5. That photo of the family left me breathless.

  6. I am glad you will be writing about each one. I have been trying to learn about the similarities and differences of a few of the wheels.

  7. OMG. Awesome.

    That class photo is like the “Who’s Who” of wheels. Is one of them the validictorian? Or are they all honors students?

  8. oh wow!!!! and here i was thinking that a second wheel would be horrible! hahahaha
    i’m really curious to hear how you like the schacht vs the majacraft. maybe i should just email you about it, as i don’t think i can wait all summer!!! hahaha
    but i can’t wait to meet all of the children in your class! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. *sigh* I only have 2. plus spindles. though I am dreaming of a victoria, you enabler you ๐Ÿ˜‰ (this would mean yes, I did open that Louet account) ๐Ÿ˜›

  10. You have now made me feel better about my wheel collection. I thought I was becoming a “crazy wheel lady” but I’ve got nothing on you!

  11. Nice collection of wheels. What do you do with so many of them?

  12. Most amusing, and thank you for the portrait. I wish I had room for more wheels!

    Then again, I do like the two I have: my first wheel (c. 1974) and my second wheel (c. 1993, although I have to check the calendar to vouch for that one . . . it was a year my birthday occurred during SOAR . . . yes, 1993).

    I do have more spindles than I can recall.

  13. Wait…I thought you had a lendrum?

  14. Which two? It could be Spinning Survivor. Challenges for immunity and then one wheel gets voted off….

  15. I wonder what it means that you and I don’t have a single matching wheel.

  16. Okay, now it’s time to flash your spindle collection! Yes, I’m sure it’s epic — all the more fun for us to see it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Um, you have almost as many wheels as Beth does in her shop. Yowza! I’m placing my vote to see your spindle collection, too.

  18. Love the class photo!
    Very clever!

  19. I have my favorite, and you know what it is! (you are my hero).

    I did a tally and you have more wheels than I do, and a bigger variety, but I think I could fit all of mine in my car in a pinch.

  20. Wow!

    Ok, devil’s advocate here: Why do you have so many? Are certain wheels better for spinning certain kinds of yarns? And how do you justify buying a new one? (I know I’d have a hard time convincing my husband that I needed more than one wheel, thus I ask.)

  21. Wow. That’s a fantastic collection — in what order did you acquire them? (I’ll throw in another vote for a class photo of your spindle collection, if you’re up for it.)

    If you had to narrow the collection down to only four wheels, which ones would you pick, and why? Could you choose only one, and if so, what would impact that decision most strongly?

  22. I was totally shocked a minute ago. My hubby was walking by as I looked at your pics and said, “that one looks like yours.” and thats because it is, I’ve got a Fricke too! I can’t believe he actually noticed.

    I love your collection!

  23. Lookin’ good!

  24. You know, now I don’t feel quite so bad about that Jensen Tina II following me home from conference. And with the newly purchased high-speed kit and a tightened drive band, she purrrrrs. Especially with cormo ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Very good Abby, now if we can get Carole to get a photo of all of hers. I am still lagging behind you both with only 7 at moment. Love your collection!!

  26. 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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. 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…

  28. 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 ]

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

  30. 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!

  31. 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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. 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.

  33. I want to be just like you! Now I want to look for additions!

  34. 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.

  35. 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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