The Domestic Art Of Spinning

Spinning Wheel     Exhibit 2

     This is another example of a flax wheel, but it was known by another name. It was commonly refered to as a castle wheel. The structure of the wheel, with the overall "vertical" orientation of its parts resembles the turrets and spires of a castle, hence the name. This example probably dates to the early 1800s. It was originally painted black, but the paint has worn off in spots, revealing the wood's natural brown.
     Below are details of the wheel.