Spinning Wheel Model Styles
Saxony Style Spinning Wheel
The Saxony style of spinning wheel is probably what most people think of when they hear the term "spinning wheel." Also known as the "Cinderella wheel," the Saxony style gives steady, high-speed performance.
However, it also takes up more floor space than the more compact Castle style. If you have limited hobby space, this may not be the model for you.
Popular Saxony wheels include the Ashford Traditional, Schact Reeves Saxony, and Kromski Prelude.
A Saxony Style Spinning Wheel
Castle, or Upright Style Spinning Wheel
A castle (or upright) style spinning wheel is arranged vertically, with all of the elements stacked atop each other. This makes it more portable than the larger spinning wheels, and thus the castle is the spinning wheel you are most likely to encounter at spinning events and conferences.
An interesting fact is that the castle style spinning wheel is a better choice for spinners with back issues. Because it forces you to sit upright, the spinner is less likely to slouch while using a castle wheel.
Popular castle style spinning wheels include the Ashford Kiwi, Schacht Ladybug, Ashford Traveller, and Kromski Minstrel.
The Ashford Kiwi, A Castle Style Spinning Wheel
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