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Celtic - in maple
Mother Marion's Spinning Wheel aka Kick Spindle/Kick Wheel
This spindle/wheel is also called Mother Marion's Magnificent Spinning Machine. This kind of wheel was developed in 1981 and named after the developer's mother-in-law. Heavenly Handspinning has updated this wonderful device, and added features which make it work all the better. "Little Meggie" has been updated for the 21st century, with the addition of a precision, radial ball bearing which has created her protected intellectual property status.
There is nothing on the market that is as special as the Celtic Meggie. Her extraordinary wood design is just as unusual and beautiful as the concept of the Meggie is to begin with.
Meggie works similarly to a drop spindle, but will allow you to sit or stand while spinning, freeing both hands for working with the roving. The wheel is turned with your foot or hand (depending on whether it's placed on the floor or on a table) and spinning occurs off the tip and hook. The spindle base rests in the ball bearing, creating a longer spin. The length and stationary aspect of this wheel make it an excellent choice for plying.
The combination of light-weight, portability and ease of use, make this wheel/spindle - perfect to take anywhere. It is also a great tool for folks with limited space.
Each Meggie is fashioned by hand, at Heavenly Handspinning - www.heavenlyhandspinning.com The wheel's base is made of beautiful, solid maple, which is hand selected for color and wood pattern. The rest of the assembly is made of birch and hardwood and only the best is chosen. The base is 8 inches in length and the total height from hook tip to base bottom is approximately 13 inches. The wheel measures 4 inches in diameter. Meggie comes unfinished.
Here is a link to the blog of a recent customer of this particular design in mahogany:
Here is a video of this wheel in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kI5oYi2usw8&feature=c4-overview&list=UUt62tCmlHUIAZJL7dEWz0wQ . You can see a demo of a different Mother Marion Wheel we offer for auction at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kKXca2l0RPo (cut and paste it into your browser). If this link does not work - go to www.youtube.com and place the words mother marion handspinning in the search box - and that will take you straight to it.