In the past few days I became the owner of a Donegal spinning wheel. It is so called as it is hand crafted in County Donegal by the Shiels family. They have been making these style wheels for generations, and this one was made in 1988. I have known of these wheels for years and always thought I would love to have one. However, the used ones are rare and if you do come across one, the condition is not always great. This wheel is in very good condition, no broken pieces, no wood worm and it spins as if it were newly made. Another nice thing about having one of the Shiels’ family wheels is that the current craftsman, Johnny, can repair them and/or make new parts. In addition to making new wheels, he restores these and other types of spinning wheels. If you would need his services, you can contact him via his web site: www.spinningwheels.ie. There you can find more information about what Johnny does and also a photo gallery of his work. I’m sure to get years of pleasure using my new/old wheel.
I also wanted to show a photo of the ram I have with my sheep. He is on loan from a friend and was chosen for his fine fleece. He is a Shetland/Suffolk cross and he and the girls should produce lambs with nice wool. I am calling him Bo or Beau, short for Rambo. Beau is very quiet and loves to have his head scratched in the mornings when I go out to check on them. I have a feeling he will be as much a pet as the “girls”.