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Progress on the Garden of Eden wheel

April 22, 2014

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This wheel is finally getting close to the finish line.  I had to make some major design changes that took some time to solve.  I originally patterned this lady’s head after an earlier wheel, the Lady of the Lake.  When it was finished I noticed that because this newer design incorporates an orifice height changing system, Eve’s head follows right along with these changes.  Unfortunately when it is at a normal setting for spinning, Eve looked like she was busy looking around for pretty rocks.  I could have invented a story to justify this somewhat odd behavior but chose rather to turn her around to face the spinner and the heavens.

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In this photo you can also see that I completely repainted the treadles.  I like this design a lot better than the first attempt.  The flyer is complete now too and has a larger orifice than any I’ve done before.  It is 5/8″ in diameter.  I have two sliders to send along too and they are jumbo size as well.

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Here is a close-up of the lady.  to me she looks like she is grateful and perhaps savoring the wonderful fragrance of the garden’s flowers.  Still to finish are the caps on the footman rods and scotch tension but we should be able to test tomorrow!

 

 

 

 

 

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