After the Traveller, I bought this great Columbine wheel from some lady off of a truck! Several years ago, Iowa State University's Fiber Arts Dept. had an auction of all their weaving equipment. Some of the looms came in lots with miscellaneous items from benches to...a Columbine wheel. I was bidding on a lot that did not contain the Columbine, but I saw this woman loading it onto a truck and said: "I see you won my wheel." She sold it to me right then and there. This one may very well be a prototype, because it only has hooks on one side of the flyer. The orange color is an indication that it is one of the earliest Columbine wheels. This wheel was in perfect condition when I got it. I used the wheel a lot but prefer the Traveller, so when I found myself unemployed last year, it went on EBay. She now lives a very happy life in Burbank. Yeah, as in California. It's kind of fitting that an orange and metal spinning wheel should be on the West Coast.
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