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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This is my second wheel and a **** of an upgrade from my verging on antique Irish tension wheel. I never knew spinning could be so easy, smooth and such a dream! I don’t think I will ever be able to go back again! In all honesty though, it was a bit of work putting the minstrel together, but not rocket science and with the help of some YouTube videos definitely do-able. I do wish the instructions for assembly had been a bit more detailed and also included some tips and tricks on how to actually spin, I.e. being a double drive novice, it took me a while to figure out that the bobbbin needed to be flipped so that string goes over the tiny bobbin nubbin. I love the mahogany finish, the attached lazy Kate and the hole for the thread fetcher, everything neat and tidy (and OCD ready) making the minstrel not just functional, but also a stunning decoration piece. Also a huge thank you to the Paradise Fibers team who were so patient answering all my questions and providing frequent order/shipping updates.
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.
love this wheel! looks great, is quiet and smooth, and travels well. plus converts from double to single drive easily.
I got this wheel for the portability and the option to convert from double to single drive. I have to say it's a great wheel! It spins so smoothly and is as quiet as a mouse (unlike my antique saxony). I can even spin when my hubby and I are watching tv--and he doesn't complain about any noise. It spins great, it looks great and it travels great (with the optional wheeled travel bag is a plus) :)
Excellent, quick response, fast shipping!