I received my set of Dodec Wheels from Porter Threads today. I purchased these spindle wheels for my Wooly Wednesday Workshop Series at the Public Library I work at. These are a very inexpensive version of a spinning wheel since they lack the bobbin and flyer component. There are also free plans for building your own wheel, which I lack the carpentry skills to create. I was able to buy two wheels, with four spindles and assorted parts, for less than $200. They arrived in two separate boxes taped together. Each box contained the wheel, two spindles, two drive bands, two pieces of paraffin, two crescent wrenches, and the wooden components that are easily assembled.
Since it is raining today waxing or otherwise staining these wheels will have to wait. Assembling the wheels is as easy as taking the part with the pedal putting it on the ground, take the part with the wheel and slide it into the appropriate slot in the base.
Each wheel also came with 2 spindles and two drive bands. Installing the spindles is a matter of unscrewing the rectangle of wood sticking out of the front, I am going to call it the front maiden, and installing the spindle. Finally screwing the front maiden back on.
Then before you know it, you have the spindle installed and since the bulky portion acts as your flyer to turn the spindle you have that installed as well!
Once you have the drive band stretched over the flyer piece and the wheel, hook the treadle to the drive wheel and you are ready to go.
All of this took about fifteen minutes! I cannot wait to get started spinning on the spindle wheel to see how different it is from my Ladybug!
I look forward to reporting how simple this is for my beginning students to learn this after their drop spindles.