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Styles of Spinning Wheels|
The Great Wheel
The most commonly known version of the spindle wheel, is the Great Wheel. The spindle wheel played
a very important role in the development of spinning for several years. It was designed specifically as a
devise to rotate the spindle, which had been previously been done by hand.
Spindle wheels were used to spin fine fibers, like cotton and silk, into thin thread and yarn.
Wyatt Wheels currently manufactures Great Wheels.
|The common spinning (flyer) wheel styles are classified as; saxony wheels, castle wheels, norwegian wheels or modern wheels.|
When most people think of spinning wheels, the saxony style is the most familiar. It is often referred to as the
"Cinderella" wheel. The elements of a saxony wheel are arranged horizontally, with a large wheel at one end
and the flyer at the other, and normally have three legs. The Ashford Traditional and Elizabeth wheels are
good examples of saxony wheels.
The component parts of a castle wheel are stacked vertically with the flyer being positioned above the wheel.
Good examples are the Ashford Traveller, and Majacraft wheels.
Antique Norwegian wheel
The norwegian wheel looks similar to the saxony wheel. It usually has a large wheel and four legs, and
a horizontal bench. Kromski manufactures a Norwegian style wheel.
The modern wheels take advantage of technology for enhancing performance and have a more
advant-garde appearance. Examples of modern wheels are Louet wheels and the Ashford Joy.