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More Wheel Pics!

Here are some more pics of the wheel, this time in better quality and in front of a proper background. The photos are all quite large, so you can click on them for a more detailed view.

The complete wheel is about 1.7 m long and almost 2 m in height, thanks to the large wheel with 1.15 m diameter. It’s mounted with the axis between my breast and shoulder height.

The extra wedges at the foot of the spindle holders is a concession to the transportability – they serve for adjusting the spindle holders and spindle. For a stationary wheel, I would adjust the holders once and then mount them to stay – but for transportable, this is of course not helpful.

There’s only one wedge to keep the wheel stand in place – just like in the medieval depictions.

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7 Responses to More Wheel Pics!

  1. doushkasmum says:

    That looks lovely. I am curious as to how you attached the spindle, could you possibly post a pic that shows this? I am planning to build a similar wheel myself and that is one of my sticking points. 8->

  2. I had planned to stick the spindle directly through the holes in the wooden spindle-stands, but this was not feasible due to the slight crookedness of the current spindle. So I have pulled leather thongs through the holes that now serve as spindle bearings, holding the spindle right in front of the stands on the wheel side. Two wedges on the other side of the wheel stands serve for fine-tuning the arrangement. You can more or less see the whole thing on the second photo, if you click on it and enlarge it.

  3. Panth says:

    Oh, that is such a lovely wheel! Tis a very impressive project.

    I notice it is rather longer in the leg than the Luttrell Psalter wheel. Is there a particular reason for that?

  4. Cathelina says:

    Wow, great work. Do you spin with a spindle at all? I'm wondering how wpinning with this differs time wise and technique wise to using a hand spindle.

  5. Panth, yes – I looked at another manuscript for the overall height, and that one set the axis consistently at somewhere between breast and shoulder height, with the accompanying long legs. And then I reasoned that it's easier to shorten long legs than elongate short ones…

    Cathelina, yes, I spin with hand-spindles as well (you should be able to find some posts about that under the "spinning" tag). The wool has to be prepared differently, for long-draw, for this wheel, and thus the technique is also different. And the wheel is much, much faster than the spindle. I am planning on doing some tests soon.

  6. Laura Iseman says:

    Can I ask how you have made your drive band? It looks like round leather with some kind of tensioning string built in. How is it fastened?

    • Katrin says:

      It’s a leather band (not a round one, though, but a square one), and I tied it together with, indeed, a tensioning string made from linen. I just knotted the string around the leather band tightly enough that it doesn’t slip on its own, but it is possible to slide the knot along the leather to adjust the tension. It’s neither very beautiful nor very sophisticated, but it does work!

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