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Know Your Wheel (Video Download)

Two master wheel makers demonstrate how to keep various spinning wheels in good working order.
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Between the two of them, Alden Amos and Cindy Lair have more than 50 years experience making spinning wheels. Amos makes them one by one, by hand; Lair makes them in production runs using sophisticated machines. For both makers, quality is paramount. And for both, helping their customers get the most from their wheels is a substantial part of their work.

In this DVD, you’ll hear each maker expound on the wheel function and maintenance problems they most often encounter, and you’ll learn their special tricks for dealing with them. Looking at a wide range of wheels, you’ll learn how to deal with:

  • That annoying clunking sound
  • The bobbin that sometimes jams
  • The drive band that keeps slipping off
  • The drive band that needs replacement – more often than you might think
  • The copious lubrication needs of your wheel
  • And so much more.

Best of all, you’ll learn to feel at ease with your wheel as a productive machine. You’ll gain the confidence to tackle problems, wield tools, and forge a long and happy relationship with your wheel.


SKU: EP2464

Author/Speaker/Editor: Cindy Lair

Format: Standard Definition Video

Customer Reviews

Pretty disappointed Review by Rachel

I was disappointed with this video. For starters, it wasn't structured very well, it was almost like they were coming up with the questions and topics as they were going. The first part of the video was full of information that was hard to follow, and for me, most of the information that was presented either wasn't really relevant to the everyday spinner or it left more questions than answers. The second part of the video was certainly more informative, mostly because the wheel I own is made by schacht. But I found that a lot of the information from the second half of the video contradicted what was said in the first part. The most prominent was on how to oil your wheel. The second half still left a lot of unanswered questions. I felt like the description about the video was very misleading. While the video did cover those topics, it wasn't an in depth discussion about it, and it left a lot of questions unanswered. So if your just a spinner looking to learn more about your wheel, I'm not sure this is the right video. If you're a very technical spinner who wants to know about bearing types, different kinds of oils, etc, then this video is for you.

(Posted on 12/17/13)