I am selling my spinning wheel, hopefully locally! I’m putting up a blog post about it so that I can link people to the photos of it. I already posted it on my local Craigslist, and this is a copy of the text from there, so I don’t have to rewrite it all.
Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel
I am selling my Ashford traditional spinning wheel. I don’t want to sell it, but I need to fund a road trip to my best friend’s wedding in Colorado at the end of August. I also am about to have a baby and 6 weeks of unpaid maternity leave, so can’t really save up for the road trip to the wedding. And, since I haven’t been able to spin much in the last year, I’m guessing that won’t change with the arrival of a brand new baby.
This was my first spinning wheel, and I am the second owner. It is in good working condition, and the last time I spun with it, it worked wonderfully. It might need to be oiled a little bit, since the last time I used it was over a year ago. For the drive band, I have been using plain cotton string and it’s worked great. I once tried ordering a “stretchy” drive band online, which was plastic and you melted the ends together, but I felt that it stretched out too much after some use and the tension wasn’t very good after that. So I switched back to the cotton string.
This spinning wheel is finished with clear finish, and it has a few dents and scratches here and there, which I have taken pictures of and included in this post.
It comes with 4 bobbins (3?), a jumbo fly wheel and 2 jumbo bobbins, and a lazy kate. The lazy kate is missing one of the metal rods that holds the bobbins on. I’m sure it’s easy to replace with something similar, I just have never bothered to do it.
Looking at various sites online, it looks like new Ashford traditionals go for $560 unfinished, and $720 finished. I am asking $400 for mine if you pick it up locally. I’m hoping I won’t have to take it apart to ship it, but if you do want to purchase it and have it shipped to you, contact me and I can find out the price.