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In Know Your Wheel, you’ll follow along with two master wheel makers, Alden Amos and Cindy Lair, as they show you how to keep your spinning wheels in good working order. They’ll also teach you how they troubleshoot common problems that you too may encounter with the spinning wheel. This video is great for spinners who are interested in learning how to feel more at ease while spinning with your wheel so that it can be used smoothly and comfortably.

Run Time: 02:25:48

You’ll love this spinning video if:

  • You want to get the most out of your spinning wheel
  • You’d like to fix common problems you may encounter with the spinning wheel
  • You want to feel more at ease while using your spinning wheel

In Know Your Wheel You’ll Learn:

  • How to fix that annoying clunking sound
  • What to do with a bobbin that sometimes jams
  • A drive band that keeps slipping off
  • A drive band that needs replacement
  • The copious lubrication needs of your wheel

A Word From the Author:

"A spinning wheel is a very subtle device. The more you know about it, the more you find there is to learn. But, conversely you don’t need to know a thing about it to be a good spinner." — Alden Amos

About the Authors:

Alden Amos (1938–2015) built spinning wheels and other fiber tools for over 40 years. He enjoyed sharing his often humorous knowledge about wheel mechanics, wheel construction, and spinning history and traditions through informational video tutorials and his book, The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning: Being a Compendium of Information, Advice, and Opinions on the Noble Art & Craft.

Cindy Lair is the Production Manager for Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. in Boulder, Colorado. Schacht Spindle Company began as a small business out of a garage and is now one of the world's leading makers of handweaving looms and spinning wheels. Cindy has worked with over 10,000 wheels during the past 23 years of her career, and she enjoys sharing her tips and tricks for how to make and produce quality spinning wheels.