Jonathan & Denise >
Let’s introduce you to a member of our production team you probably haven’t met before.
This spinning wheel is a Thurmaston (19in wheel double-drive version) by James and Anne Williamson of Ashfordby, Leicestershire. It’s made with fine English oak, probably in the late 1980s or early ’90s. The design is excellent and the craftsmanship superb.
We bought it second hand in about 2006 for a fraction of the price of a new wheel, collecting it from a private address in Leicestershire – not far from where it was made. The three legs had become loose due to the wheel being kept too close to a heating radiator ; and part of the crank to which the connecting rod is attached had broken – damaged in a move of house, apparently. Having plenty of other spinning wheels in working order and no end of other more pressing work to do, this wheel didn’t get repaired until quite recently. In fact it has still never been used!
That, however, is about to change!