It's true, that's what she is. Small compared to my other wheel, which was really becoming rather cumbersome to lug to and from spinning group each week. Something compact(ish) was what I was after and the classified gods smiled upon me last week when I went to see this little treasure and ended up bringing her home with me..
This is Tarra, a Carousel:
These spinning wheels were made in Yarram, Victoria up until the 1980's (I think). I can't seem to find much information about them although my spinning friend tells me that they are made from Tasmanian myrtle and are very well built.
It had been used as a display piece in someone's home for several years and as a result the spun wool on the bobbins was brittle and disintegrating to the touch..
She was also rather dusty and missing a drive band. Along with a couple of loose screws and sadly lacking oil on the joints...
I brought her home and got to work cleaning and assessing just what I had on my hands. Was it a crazy, impulse buy that would end up being a dud?
The flyer was removed and I was so glad to see just how sturdy it was, being formed from metal. The surface rust was removed with a dry pot scubbing pad...
A piece of kitchen string was called in to action to serve as a drive band..
All the moving parts were oiled and the screws tightened (and the identification of just where that rattle was coming from!).
And the bobbins came up a treat after the perished wool had been removed. Loathe to waste it, I placed it into the compost..
One of the features that I am loving is the weighted wheel. You can see the weights there at the bottom of the wheel - this means that whenever the foot is released from the pedal the wheel stops in exactly the same position each time..
And hey, hey, you wouldn't believe it but she spins! Smoothly too..thank goodness! I really didn't want to go to all this trouble to have my own 'display piece' to find a spot for, as charming as that would be..
Small, sweet....and upright!
My new carousel obsession in no way lowers my opinion of the Sheridan. That old faithful will most certainly (still) be wonderful to spin on...at home. It's just that sometimes a crafter needs a smaller apparatus, you know?