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A spinning wheel is a device for spinning thread or from natural fibres (in this case sheep wool). Spinning wheels were first used in India, between 500 and 1000 CE (AD).
The photo shows treadle type of wheel which is powered by the spinner's foot. The spinner woman sits and pumps a foot treadle that turns the drive wheel via a crankshaft and a connecting rod. This leaves both hands free for drafting the fibres, which is necessary in the short draw spinning technique, which is often used on this type of wheel.
I have this photo in the Black Creek Pioneer Village, a 30-acre outdoor living history museum in North Toronto. Here you can wander through 40 buildings, including homesteads, a tinsmith, a mill, a church and a cooper’s workshop, all reflecting village life in the 1860s.
Historical interpreters and traditional tradespeople dressed in period costumes demonstrate forgotten skills of yesteryear. The rural surroundings, with its heritage gardens, provide a perfect backdrop, transporting you to a different time
Black Creek Pioneer Village is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and presentation of Toronto's rich cultural heritage. It is supported by The Living City Foundation, and is owned and operated by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

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