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FilzSpecht : Spinnrad von Breco

FilzSpecht : Spinnrad von Breco

First wheel made by Patrick Jennings

First wheel made by Patrick Jennings

Harold Smithies (1911-2006) of Invercargill, NZ worked in the construction industry, and was very conversant with all kinds of metal framing. On his retirement in 1976 he began to make spinning wheels, using wheels of treadle sewing machines he found at the dump but making the remainder of the mechanism himself. His records show that he made 90 in all. The height of the post (and thereby also the drive band tension and orifice height) is adjustable.

Harold Smithies (1911-2006) of Invercargill, NZ worked in the construction industry, and was very conversant with all kinds of metal framing. On his retirement in 1976 he began to make spinning wheels, using wheels of treadle sewing machines he found at the dump but making the remainder of the mechanism himself. His records show that he made 90 in all. The height of the post (and thereby also the drive band tension and orifice height) is adjustable.

They were made in Germany in the 1920ies-50ies by a company called Breco.

They were made in Germany in the 1920ies-50ies by a company called Breco.

Nach fast drei Jahren suche im Internet konnte ich im April endlich ein Breco-klapprad kaufen. Es wurde in einem Hamburger Gebrauchtwarenkaufhaus gefunden und für mich gekauft.

Nach fast drei Jahren suche im Internet konnte ich im April endlich ein Breco-klapprad kaufen. Es wurde in einem Hamburger Gebrauchtwarenkaufhaus gefunden und für mich gekauft.

spinning wheel:  uh.....would you call that a castle wheel????  Look at the orifice and bobbin on that baby!!  That is for some chunky yarn!!!

spinning wheel: uh.....would you call that a castle wheel???? Look at the orifice and bobbin on that baby!! That is for some chunky yarn!!!

aspenmoonarts  traddy wheels  on ravelry

aspenmoonarts traddy wheels on ravelry

Margaret's Debbi #58 cast aluminum wheel, September 1982

Margaret's Debbi #58 cast aluminum wheel, September 1982

Most of the other photographs in the book can be found on the original website, but chapter 6, “Discussion and speculation”, is only in the book. So here are the colour versions of its …

Chapter 6 – Colour Photos

Most of the other photographs in the book can be found on the original website, but chapter 6, “Discussion and speculation”, is only in the book. So here are the colour versions of its …

Carson Cooper "Colette" spinning wheel Modernized reproduction of a late 1700's French spinning wheel Currently in production

Carson Cooper "Colette" spinning wheel Modernized reproduction of a late 1700's French spinning wheel Currently in production

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