I was presented a spinning wheel some weeks ago. A friend's mother who went to a home for the elderly gave it to me.
There was one piece missing which is called hlaupastelpa or hlaupastrákur in Icelandic.
English : Footman
Swedish: Trampsticka, vävstake
German: Knecht, Triebstange
This item connects the treadle where the feet tread, to the crank of the wheel, thus making it turn when the treadle is trodden on.
As the part was missing I needed a new one. I pondered the problem and came to a solution: Earlier this winter I read an article in the Swedish art and craft magazine "Hemslöjd", about carving wood. The essence of the article was: some good advice on how to carve wood and DON'T BE AFRAID.
So I just made it and the spinning wheel works just perfectly. There it is on the picture, my own hlaupastelpa / footman / trampsticka / liipotin / Knecht
Anna María Lind, MA Textile Art from Winchester School of Art.