Earlier this year I found this lovely little spinning wheel in a very sorrowful state in the back of an antique shop.
Dirty, broken and very unloved, but almost complete.
I have done some research on it and it appears to be French and about a hundred years old. I am amazed that it is made completely out of wood and leather, apart from the metal spindle through the wheel and you can see that that has been handmade.
Well my husband lovingly dismantled it, cleaned it, repaired it, fed it with linseed oil and made me a couple of spools. They are quite small and I only had one with it. Now I can spin and ply with it.