Posted on August 30, 2011 at 9:13 am
The Spin Off preview popped up today, which is interesting to me for a few reasons.
About a year ago, I started talking to small production wheel makers about whether they saw themselves still making custom wheels as time went on. I thought this was a provocative topic to pursue because I often hear complaints from spinners about the future prospects of being able to find a dream wheel. There's a lot of doom and gloom around the subject of wheelmaker longevity, and I wanted to know for sure. It's a story with a happy ending. You'll see.
In researching the piece, I also had the enviable opportunity to become aquainted with a number of the sometimes elusive guys who design and make contemporary spinning wheels. A few of their stories are worth more than what I could cover in a survey article. The first of a few in-depth articles is also in this issue, about a 2000 year-old spinning wheel design that Jonathan Bosworth built from Chinese Han-era stone carvings. You can see one of the photographs I took of his beautiful wheel there on the contents page. There's more to come.
Ooh, I can't wait.