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If you haven't seen it already, we released a video about the Irish Tension Castle Wheel. Hooray! To be completely honest, when stuck all together, I had no idea what any of those words meant except for "wheel." Which, in case you're wondering, is a round thing that spins. Check and check.
In this case, "Irish" is actually a misnomer. Yeah, I know, right. The article I linked from Spin Off explains how an Irish Tension system works. The Irish Tension element actually refers to the bobbin and flyer; but, and this is the unfortunate part, the wheel is not inherently linked with the Irish or Ireland, despite the name.
A castle wheel, on the other hand, might actually have to do with castles. This list from Joy of Spinning helped to clarify what a castle wheel, or upright wheel, actually looks like. (Shoutout to the charkha wheel at the bottom. Whoo!)
So! All of that put together means that this spinner features an Irish tension mechanism with an upright wheel. You can also just call it a spinning wheel. It gets the job done.
This video is a demonstration of how the finished 3-D printed Spinning Wheel works. The tutorial is still forthcoming, but the written instructions come with every kit. Happy spinning!
Joseph & Aubrey Bjork
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