Minstrel’s Little Sister
Look what I found this week!
It’s an old wheel. Seller was told it is Welsh.
Single treadle. Double drive. Only one bobbin.
Here it is next to my Kromski Minstrel:
And from the side:
It’s about 6 inches shorter, and quite a bit lighter than the Minstrel.
And the back side is pretty much flat,, so I can lay it down on the backseat of the car.
I plan on using it as my traveling wheel.
The flyer setup is pretty much identical to the Minstrel. It’s got the screw-on whorl that sits behind the bobbin and the flyer shaft rests in a block that is adjusted with a screw on the back vertical wheel support post.
The Minstrel’s whorls don’t quite fit (dang),, but it looks like if we created a front flyer bearing that sat a bit further forward, I could actually use the Minstrel’s flyer with this wheel! Then I’d have the benefit of more ratios.
Many thanks to The Man for helping me rig a scotch tension (because I prefer that to double drive),
fixing up the bobbin with a liner so it doesn’t wobble and chatter, and tightening up a couple connections that were a little loose.
Now she needs a name.