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make / manufacturer: Clemes and Clemes
model name / number: Modern

What a beautiful vintage Clemes and Clemes Modern spinning wheel. Clemes family began making these in the 1970’s as a response to requests from schools for a very sturdy and simple spinning wheel. They were ahead of the times with their “green” production, making one spinning wheel from one sheet of furniture grade plywood, plus extra parts from solid rock maple. It’s impossible to determine the exact dates of these other than looking at the rich amber color of vintage maple and detailing of the curly maple parts. This wheel has some fantastic maple patterning! The wheels have remained unchanged since 1970’s, so replacement parts, more bobbins, etc. are still available by Clemes.

She had been neglected for many years (but not abused) , so we took her all apart, sanded, put on several new coats of tung oil finish, made a new front maiden with fresh leather, oiled her up properly and got her running like a champ again. She spins really well, almost effortless and perfect control with the clever “toe/heel” action. You can start and stop the wheel any where to keep your hands free for drafting or art yarn. You can see that I spun a very fine Merino and a bulkier art yarn with locks, no problem. There is a bulky flier available as well as a lazy Kate, more bobbins and other accessories directly from Clemes. Not pictured is a second bobbin included that needs to have a whorl ordered from Clemes, $15 (if you want another bobbin).

I made an artsy little orifice hook out of a necklace made by a street vendor kid in Ecuador as a gift to this intrepid little wheel.

It has a 16 inch wheel, 5.5 ratios that Clemes claims to operate more like 11 due to the toe/heel action and the double drive. It is very solid and sturdy and will behave nicely when you put it in your car for traveling. These are now selling new for $1199, and are backordered for many months. The new ones would be identical to this one except for the fantastic aged patina on the wood. It shows few signs of being used much, it was just neglected/stored and dry. It is now ready to bless the beginner to advanced spinners.

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