A puzzle

First impression – Mike sent me this photo which he titled ‘What’

We were baffled at first. ‘We’ was Mike Keeves and myself, and the puzzle was a very odd ‘spinning wheel’ that put twist in and then took it out again. It was a fascinating challenge. The device turned out to be an unusual sort of Japanese silk reel, which would have been used for unwinding the filaments of silk from the cocoons.

We wrote about it for The Spinning Wheel Sleuth, and our article is now reprinted here with the kind permission of the editor.

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