I went to the antique store down the street last Saturday and found this:
Yesterday, with ten minutes before the store closed, I went to the store and bought it! Thanks, God!
I am so happy I can barely restrain myself from using all caps! I feel like the little girl in Despicable Me who shouted, "IT'S SO FLUFFY!"
I am no expert on spinning wheels, antique or not, by any means, but I am pretty sure this one is only missing the hooks on the flyer and a drive belt. There is no maker's mark, so I have no idea who made this.
First thing to do when I got it home was to get out the Murphy's Oil soap and clean off the bit of mold/mildew/whatever that was on it. This is the after picture. Such a beautiful color of wood!
The drive band on my Kiwi, which connects the wheel to the bobbin to spin it, is made of a clear rubber/plastic that is just stretchy enough to work but not too stretchy that it doesn't move when the wheel does. I'm pretty sure the antique wheels had leather drive bands, so I tried to make one.
I have some spinning to do on my Kiwi so I can get the shawls done on the loom. But first, I'm pretty sure my girls want me to feed them. Kids, always wanting food!