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Program by Ed Rowe/Meeting

October 7

6:30 – Show and Tell

7pm – Ed Rowe – The Historical Progression of Spinning and the Spinner’s Tools

Just who is this Ed Rowe guy?

There is always danger when you have a fiber oriented wife.  It seems there is always need for this little tool or a replacement worn part for (you can fill in the blank).  This hasn’t changed for the past 55 years and, yes, it can be a challenge at times.

In the late 60’s I had my first serious challenge when there was a sudden need for a spinning wheel.  Family budgets didn’t really allow for such extravagance. As a hobby woodworker, simple projects like wall clocks and other small projects, this seemed to be a reasonable challenge.  This resulted in an information search which included books on “how to build a spinning wheel” and plans for about 8 different style spinning wheels.

At the time I was working my way up the ladder of manufacturing management and operating a retail business selling and repairing Lionel Trains.  The opportunities and to learn multiple skills were boundless and proved helpful in later years.

With 30 years in manufacturing and 50 years of retail experience under my belt, I had a chance to retire.  Yes, my reward for all those years of working!

Sitting on my porch with my morning coffee watching my neighbors heading off to work lasted only about a week before I decided that this retirement thing wasn’t going to work for me.  It was the late 90’s, so I started a small one-man business manufacturing toy train parts. It was great to be busy but it wasn’t enough, so combining small parts manufacturing skills with woodworking skills seemed to be a natural application.  We expanded operations to spinning and weaving accessories. Spinning wheel repairs and new great wheels have become a large part of daily activities with over 100 wheels made or repaired in the last 17 years.

8pm – Business Meeting


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GRPD Metro Lodge 97
1753 Alpine Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI United States
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