Kromski Spinning Wheels from Red Barn Farm
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We are very pleased to add these fine wheels to our product line. The Kromskis of Wolsztyn, Poland, have been wood turners and wheel workers for three generations. Now, for the first time, their recently re-engineered wheels with characteristic “old world” styling and charm are available outside of Poland. New Voyager is the exclusive distributor of the Kromski spinning products. Combining excellent craftsmanship and features for today’s demanding spinners, these wheels and related products are an exceptional value and are sure to become favorites in the spinning community. They come in two styles:
Sonata. It is a full-size spinning wheel that folds and packs away as a small package, making it perfect for traveling, guild and festival gatherings or simply storage when not in use. The Kromskis have put a lot of thought into the Sonata. Full size yet small dimensions when folded, easy to set-up and take down, solid feel, solid footprint, plenty of foot room, easy treadling on double treadles, orifice at a comfortable height and classic looks. Spokes that draw your attention, every piece of wood with cuts, curves and character; this is an appealing spinning wheel that is a pleasure to use. Optional flyers can add to the total range of the Sonata. The Jumbo flyer offers lower ratios and a larger orifice - .70" - and the Faster flyer increases the ratio range up to 18:1. (final ratios for these flyers to be announced soon.) A custom-made, heavily padded bag offers you a convenient way to pack-up your Sonata for travel or storage.
Details • wheel diameter - 19"
Click onto the picture to see a larger view, then use your browser back button to return to this page. The Polonaise has the look of wheels from the Baltic area of Poland and Scandinavia. In fact, a well known spinning wheel historian has said that the manner in which this wheel is built is as close to being historically correct as he has seen. This will be a plus for spinners wanting the "real thing" and for the growing community of reenactors. The amount of decorative turning on this wheel is substantial, making it a sight to behold. The Polonaise features functional wood threaded wheel angle adjustments so the proper angle can be obtained with the flyer. “Pin and socket” bearings support the wheel, offering low friction and exceptional ease of treadling. All of the wheel hardware sits between the wheel posts and the footman passes through the bench to the treadle. The Polonaise is made with European alder and birch and comes standard with double drive and scotch tensioning.
Extra Bobbins for either wheel-
The Prelude is just the wheel for beginners or perhaps a second Kromski wheel for others. It has the look of an antique wheel and the high degree of wood turning that the Kromskis are famous for, but it also has all the touches modern spinners expect. Dealer List The Prelude is a single drive wheel; a first for the Kromskis. The good news here is that it uses the same bobbins as all the other Kromski wheels. This means that, as you consider adding a second or third Kromski wheel, you know your bobbins will work with all the different models. The Prelude is easy to treadle, easy to transport, and has an 18" diameter wheel (same as the Kromski Minstrel) for excellent ratios. If you like, you can swivel the mother-of-all in line with the bench for a more compact "package" when moving the wheel or for storage. The Prelude is made of European alder and birch. No Kromski wheel has any plastic parts and as such makes the perfect wheel for reenactors.
• wheel diameter - 18" •
orifice height - 26"; size - 3/8"
• bobbin size - full 4 oz.; 3 included -
• also includes threading hook, attached Lazy Kate, video and bottle of spinning wheel oil • Ratios: 6, 10.5, and 13 to 1
• bearings on wheel shaft, bobbins; leather bearings on flyer • weight - 9 lbs.
• in addition to a regular hemp drive band an elastic band will be included This wheel comes boxed as a kit but goes together quickly. It is available unfinished or with a factory clear, walnut or mahogany finish that is exceptional (see a sample of the finishes further down this page). Also included is an optional elastic drive band (that is dyed to match the walnut or mahogany stain) which can make this wheel even more enjoyable. A video also comes with this wheel showing how to assemble the Prelude and a basic intro to spinning. Retail Prices Prelude, unfinished - $445.00 Prelude, finished - clear, $549.00 walnut or mahogany $569.00
Accessories Tensioned Lazy Kates The Kromskis are now making two styles of Lazy Kates - the arched version now comes standard with all Mazurka wheels; the upright Kate comes standards with the Polonaise. The Lazy Kates are very attractive and work just the way you want them to. They hold up to three bobbins. The bobbin rods are heavy metal with a fancy wooden knob on the end. This tensioned Kate will accommodate most other brands of bobbins including Ashford (standard bobbins), Jensen, Reeves, Timbertops, Majacraft and Lendrum (regular and very fast bobbins).
Upright Finished Lazy Kate - $52.50, Upright Unfinished Lazy Kate - $45.95
Arched Unfinished Lazy Kate - $46.95, finished $52.50
Spinning Stool You need to sit just right to spin comfortably. With the Kromski spinning stool you can. This sturdy stool has a contoured seat that will let you spin for hours. The legs have been turned so that you can make a permanent adjustment to the seat height from 17" to 18.5". And if not for spinning, you will find this stool works well in a variety of settings. Available unfinished $95.00 or finished $116.00.
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