Spinning Wheel Types – Castle

The next type of spinning wheel I thought I’d write about is the castle wheel.  Before I started getting involved in fiber arts, imagining a castle wheel would bring about visions of the wheels in fairy tales, in a big room in the castle, where the lady of the manor would sit and spin fibers. It would be a huge wheel and had sort of an air of magic about it.

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The reality is quite different.  While the castle wheel is a treadle wheel, as those wheels in fairy tales are, it is not quite as grand.  As a treadle wheel, the spinner sits, using feet to manipulate the pedals which drive the wheel.  What makes a castle wheel unique is the layout of the parts of the wheel.  In a castle wheel, the spindle and flyer are located above the wheel rather than on the side.  This makes the castle wheel a more portable wheel, more compact, and easier to store.  The castle wheel, also called the upright wheel, lends itself to use in small spaces like apartments, where every inch matters.

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There are many brands of castle wheels.  The castle wheel I own is an Ashford, one of the many most popular brands currently.

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