Back from the Spa

Last year I blogged here about my then, new to me wheel.  It was a lovely wheel, but required a little TLC.

I had been spinning on this wheel from time to time, but was having problems with the flyer, it didn’t always want to spin.  It was time for an intervention.

On Ravelry, there is a group devoted to CPW’s (Canadian Production Wheels), with a thread on refurbishing them.  Members have posted lovely images of their refurbished wheels, many of which they refurbished themselves.  While I am no stranger to paint stripper, rubber gloves, breathing masks, sharp tools and sandpaper, I decided to leave this one to the professionals and headed to our favourite antiques dealer/refinisher, Butcher’s Antiques.

The remainder of the old shellac finish was removed (some had been removed by a previous owner who had tried to refinish it), rough gouges in the wheel were sanded smooth and are barely noticeable, given a warm maple stain and finished with tung oil.

Here’s how it looks after its spa treatment:

CPW 033

Some sample spinning (Fleece Artist’s Merino Silk roving):

CPW 031


Table top with maker’s stamp before refinishing:

CPW 003

and after:

CPW 018

This wheel now spins like a dream, and I can’t wait to get to know it better.

Happy spinning,