Wednesday, December 05, 2007

A Post for Tammy - or - Pardon The Dust on My Wheel

Tammy at Fairlight Farm had recently acquired a spinning wheel which turned out to be a double-drive wheel. While these wheels look like they have two drivebands transferring the energy from the movement of the wheel to the flyer assembly, it is, in fact, one band that crosses over itself. I had tried to send some photos to Tammy via email, but alas, we both must not have been holding our tongues correctly as nothing would work getting information back and forth. Hence the subject of this post. So just bear with us, please, Dear Readers....

In these pictures, you can see that the drive band runs in two grooves in the flyer assembly, one in the groove on the bobbin where you spin, the other on separate whorls. The difference between the two placements actually creates the twist in the spinning and a brake system of sorts to control just how fast the spun yarn winds on to the bobbin.

These photos are to illustrate to Tammy a few items we were talking about over the phone.

This last picture is of the Table of this wheel and the wooden screw which adjusts its tensioning. This Tension Screw actually is adjusted at the very front of the wheel. Some wheels have a wooden nut underneath the flyer assembly (Mother of All) which have to be loosened to be able to turn the tension screw, others just have this screw.
The Table is the main body of the wheel upon which uprights for the wheel, and the flyer assembly, sit. The driveband is a belt that transfers power from the turning wheel over to the whorls and flyer to power the twist when you spin. After all, a spinning wheel is a wooden machine.

So, there you have it....a post that's really an email hoping it will help a fellow spinner get better acquainted with her "new" wheel. I got excited when Tammy asked if anyone could help her with the driveband. If I had only been close enough, we could have had her wheel up and running in about five minutes. Thank Heavens for phones and computers - when they work right and messages don't go off into oblivion.

Best of luck, Tammy! I can hardly wait to see a post on your blog about your handspun yarn! :) (Just don't look at the dust all over this wheel! Hmm...I'll have to talk to the person who's supposed to be dusting around here. Oh, wait...that would be me, wouldn't it?)


Tammy said...

Thanks SO much for calling me last night. I really enjoyed our conversation. What fun. :-)
I'm going to take a picture of the bobbin area on mine and try to either email it to you or put it on the blog. I'm still a little confused about that part, as it isn't seperated like yours. I see what you were saying now, since it looks totally different from mine. I hope to get more time this weekend to work on the tension and adjustment and will keep you posted! Thanks again ---I appreciate your help so much.

shepherdchik said...

One of my spinning wheels is a double drive, but I just have never really gotten the hang of it. I learned on scotch tension and that is what I prefer.

Kathy said...

Tammy - It was nothing, really. I enjoyed "meeting" you over the phone and this was a great excuse to do so. :) We'll keep on this until we get you up and running!

Becca - You're right, the double-drive wheels are different than my favorite Scotch and Irish brake systems on the Ashford and Roberta. It takes more finessing and fine tuning than other wheels, but I find it exceptional for spinning fine yarns. One thing with these wheels is that you have to be more aware of the change of humidity as it can throw adjustments off - then you're there trying to re-fanagle everything.

Teaching Handwork said...

Maybe you can give me some tips on my spinning wheel...I don't seem to have a drive band