The Kromski Minstrel is a traditional Castle style wheel. The true definition of a Castle wheel is simply a wheel where the flyer, orifice and mother of all are located in direct position above the drive wheel in a tall, castle-like fashion. In...More Details
The Kromski Minstrel is a traditional Castle style wheel. The true definition of a Castle wheel is simply a wheel where the flyer, orifice and mother of all are located in direct position above the drive wheel in a tall, castle-like fashion. In this sense, many modern wheels are essentially a Castle wheel. This beautiful Kromski work of art, however, offers the compact, vertical orientation of today’s modern wheels without sacrificing the Olde World elegance and refinement that we are famous for delivering in our products.
Equipped with an 18” diameter wheel, the Minstrel is indeed capable of delivering a full wheel impact without demanding the full wheel real estate. With the orifice being located directly above the wheel and consequently, the treadles, many spinners find this arrangement to be more comfortable to spin on than one where the orifice is off-set to the treadle.
The Minstrel is a double treadle wheel bursting with detailed, handcrafted wood turnings and can be adjusted to operate in either double drive mode or single drive mode with Scotch tension. The optional distaff easily attaches for spinners requiring assistance with longer staple-length fibers, such as flax or hemp. Add this charming yet multi-functional wheel to your archive today and delight yourself with thoughts of yesteryear every time you spin!
Jumbo Flyer kits expand the spinners range in two ways. First, the type of yarn created can vary from lace-weight to super bulky art yarn because of the larger orifice on the jumbo flyer. Subsequently, the jumbo bobbin allows spinners twice the capacity of the regular Kromski bobbin. A regular Kromski bobbin already offers 50% greater space than most standard bobbins in the industry with a generous 4.2 ounce capacity. Jumbo bobbins double that, essentially allowing you to spin two regular bobbins worth without a bobbin change!! This means longer, continual drafts for skeins with greater yardage.
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My Minstrel was such a great purchase. I was expecting it to take a while to arrive since it was shipped directly from Kromski, but I had it in my hands in about a week so that was a pleasant surprise. Paradise Fibers kept me in the loop with what to expect every step of the way. My new wheel is gorgeous and I could not be happier.
My husband bought this spinning wheel for me as a surprise. He didn’t know about paradise fibers, or I would’ve definitely bought this from paradise fibers. They give paradise points for purchases that can be used towards other purchases. I have one in clear finish. It’s the most beautiful and versatile spinning wheel. I can transport easily, and it has the double drive and scotch tension capabilities. So amazing, worth every penny! Please tell husbands about paradise fibers if you’re hinting you want a spinning wheel!
I am new to using a spinning wheel. (Less than a year) I have a kromski polonaise that I bought from paradise fibers. Which I love! Then for my birthday my husband surprised me with Kromski minstrel!!! He said I needed a wheel that can travel with me. The minstrel is a castle wheel that is easier to transport. I like that it too is a double drive/ or scotch tension. I can interchange bobbins between both of my wheels. Best of both worlds in my opinion.
Easy to assemble, very clear directions, went together with no issues and simple household tools. I opted to get an unfinished one and stain it myself, and the finished product is absolutely gorgeous. Spins like a dream as well. VERY well pleased with the product AND Paradise Fibers' customer service!! Fast shipment, excellent contact throughout the shipping process, and the single question I had that I called in was answered quickly and so very pleasantly.
I have had my Minstrel for over ten years and you wouldn't know it is that old. It is a work of pure craftsmanship and a joy to use. The Minstrel will grow with you as your skills and creativity blooms with the ability to choose your tension style and ratios. I love that I can upgrade to a jumbo when I am ready without having to purchase another wheel. The Minstrel is a solid choice for any hand spinner.