Additions and corrections

Please remember that the book was never intended to cover makers who only made a few wheels: generally the cutoff was at a dozen. See for “minority” wheels.

I have not bothered mentioning one or two minor misprints and formatting irregularities.

Page 7: Helen Harker’s drawing illustrating wheel parts is on page 8 not page 6.

Page 21, paragraph 1: A. Toop & Son were actually builders with their own joinery workshop, not furniture makers.

Page 32: One of Tom Alexander’s wheels, bought in 1983 for $160, had the more usual hooks on the flyer rather than a sliding hook. He made wheels after retiring from teaching at Christchurch Technical College.

Page 33: Photograph 3-9 is missing from the printed book, though it has been inserted in the PDF on this website. It can be viewed in colour at

Page 48: Mr Hegan’s first name was Bill.

Page 58 paragraph 2: It is much more likely that Shields’ work was influenced by Morrison’s. Shields did not begin making wheels until 1969.

Page 65: The Ashford Scholar Mark 1 was made from 1984 to 1987, and the Mark 2 from 1987 to 1997.

Page 77, photograph 4-1: This Bartlett wheel is actually dated November 1972.

Page 86: Baynes’ Karena is barely mentioned, but more about it, and good photographs, are now in
His Simplex also now has an entry at

Page 90 paragraph 2: Colthart’s little metal knobs apparently cover oiling points.

Page 108 column 2: The first photo shows a Poly (left) and a Sprite (right). Poly wheels vary. In general, those with a metal drive wheel have a wooden flyer with a very large bobbin; those with a wooden drive wheel have a curved metal flyer and a smaller bobbin.

Page 109: The wheel Maria Rappard originally taught hersalf to spin on was a Schofield. She disliked it.

Page 119 column 1: Trefoil cutouts were used in several other Australian wheels besides the Vandyke: the Ertoel Victoria/Ettrick Vicky, and Graeme Dawes’ Koala wheels. For Australian wheels see

Page 126 column 2: The photo referred to at the end of paragraph 1 should be 6-22 not 6-21.
Also, Hegan flyers are not made of steel. Those by Smithies would be a better example.

Page 128: Sliding flyer hooks are not a modern invention as implied here: they are seen on a few antique wheels. However, the spring clamp that holds them in place, but loosens when squeezed, did as far as I know originate in New Zealand.