BLUE SCANDINAVIAN SPINNING WHEEL
It was pretty tricky to get the leg stretcher fitted into the existing hole in the crossbar between the two back legs and into the front leg. Fred only had some photocopies of similar wheels from Vesterheim to go by along with online photos from the Norsk Folke Museum.
The wheel belongs to the group of Norwegian wheels I call “steep slanted table” types in an article here.
This wheel has a 24” drive wheel with a whorl with two ratios. One is 1: 16 and the other is 1: 14.75. It is extremely light weight.
The wheel is loaded with decorative details. There are pretty cut outs on the table; turned ends on the bottom of the wheels supports, a hand forged wrought iron footman with a curlicue at the end of its hook over the axle cam. Instead of having an external crank for the footman, the axle crank is between one side of the wheel and the wheel support.
I painted the new parts of the wheel so they would be a close match in color to the rest of the wheel, but am not sure whether to keep the “shabby chic” look or ad more paint to cover the bare spots.