I came accross this beauty in a local "Antique Barn". It was hiding in the corner with a very dead spinning wheel. i took a moment to say goodbye to the wheel before I, literally, jumped on this.
The arms had been broken off and when I brought my new found friend home, my sweet hubby was puzzled. It was dirty and broken and he wasn;t sure why I would bring a piece like this into our clean and orderly home.
I bathed it and I lemon oiled it and soon the importance came to light. As you can see it stands alone and rotates by the turning of the crank but what you can't see it that it is ALL made of wood. The interior crank and the gears are ALL made of wood. Such wonderful craftmanship. The only nails int he piece are on the outside where some misguided soul attempted to "fix" it.
The built in counter marks 40 rotations. Once it marks that it "snaps" and continues on.
The arms my extraordinary hubby has put on it will hold 2 yards with one rotation. 80 total yars each time it "snaps" He also improved on the arms to make them adjustable. I can bring it in to only one yard per rotation if it is needed. Or when I need to remove the yarn from the machine I just drop in one hand and the skein comes off perfectly.
I plan on darkening the new pieces to match the original. Oh yeah, and the arms are removable to make it easy for storage. Like I'll ever NOT be using this.........but it was a nice idea.
I've used it many time since I purchased it 2 weeks ago. It is light and very easy to use. I love it!!
Oh and BTW, I got this gem for $20.00. Some guys just don't know what they have......
He has another larger version that I may have to go snag for Jenn for christmas........
Happy Crafting all!