|Number Of Pages||143 pages|
|Publisher||Van Nostrand Reinhold|
|LC Classification Number||TS1484|
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If you want to make a spinning wheel and you want construction assistance you have very little to choose from. This is the only book ever published (from my pretty extensive researches) on how to make a spinning wheel and nothing else. The closest rival is David Bryant's book "Wheels and Loom" which is very good but is 50% looms. There are other collectors books such as Judith Buxton's "Selected Canadian Spinning Wheel in Perspective" (which is full of dimensions and data but no construction information) and the two Pennington books which are history and photos but not construction. So this Kronenberg book is the holy grail. It has been out of print since 1981 and is extremely rare. I waited two years on eBay to get mine and paid a lot for it. To be honest it's very disappointing. There is not a lot more information than was included in Bud Kronenberg's article in Fine Woodworking #11 1978. If you are a total woodworking beginner it might be useful but Kronenberg does not seem to know how the ancients assembled and trued their wheels. Although his first hand experience of many antique wheels informs his knowledge of how old wheel hubs, spokes and rims relate to each other he seems to ignore all that, and leaps in with 1970's power tools like sabre saws and and routers. If he knows how the Shakers, the acknowledged masters of the art, assembled and trued their wheels he isn't telling. But then no other author is either. Despite the myriads of photos and books on Shaker furniture there seems to be no record of their lathes and wheel-assembling jigs. So to summarise this book is the best there is but it is frustrating.