The tax man continues to take more off me than he should, so every January, when I send my figures in, I get a rebate. I look on this as a savings scheme, and use the money to buy something special.
Several years ago I used it to buy my Orkney sloping bed wheel from Granville Swanney, Orkney’s only remaining wheel maker.
And this year I have bought his other design, the upright spinney.
Like the sloping bed, it has the three distinct Orkney features, spokes which are thicker at the rim:
…a treadle that is chamfered to the bar….
… and two deep rims on the wheel with two separate drive bands.
Granville very kindly brought it round as I am car-less at present, and I went straight to some glorious fibre from Hill Top Cloud’s club. The greens went so well with the mahogany!! Without any alterations I was spinning laceweight and extra chunky on the same setting!!
So when Granville left, I started taking pix. Very soon Scottie decided I needed foreground, and that HE was more interesting than this wheel…