Shipping charges August 18, 2015 22:07
Here's how I do shipping.
Tiny stuff like replacement screws and drive rings and most repair parts ship free via USPS in an envelope or a small box.
Bobbins ship in a USPS medium flat-rate box, which will fit up to seven bobbins. These cost $15 to US addresses, $20 to Canada, and $25 to other international addresses.
Spinning wheels ship to US addresses in a large box via UPS for $50. I ship to AK & HI & Canada using USPS, which typically costs $80. To other international addresses, I charge the actual shipping cost via our USPS and your postal service, which typically costs $100.
For spinning wheels being returned for service, I will reuse your box and packing materials, so the shipping charge is $20 less than listed above.
I can ship via expedited methods on request, but best we both be sitting down when the estimate comes in.
Note that international shipments will include both a commercial invoice and required export/customs forms, all of which will reflect the contents are purchased merchandise as well as the actual retail price paid. The recipient will be responsible for any taxes, duty charges, and/or import fees. If you're unfamiliar with your country's duty and tariff rates for spinning wheels, contact me and we'll sort it out together.
New products November 9, 2013 00:00
This month, I've added a "repair parts pack" that includes the spare parts I'd want in my spinning bag: the urethane o-ring, the little scotch tension spring, a length of the monofilament tension line, and the scotch tension knob. For older wheels, made before I started using violin-makers' tools to taper the scotch tension knob and the corresponding hole in the wheel's frame, you might need to fine-tune the replacement tension knob's fit with some fine sandpaper, or by wrapping a small lock of wool around the taper (the antique wheel solution).
Also new, a "fat core" lace bobbin for spinning laceweight singles. I know a number of spinners already spin lovely superfine singles on their Pocket Wheels, but the fatter core of these bobbins should make this easier. The idea is that as a bobbin fills, the tension can be adjusted to a lighter take-up and so create a finer single, which is why you sometimes see a length of foam pipe insulation taped onto a bobbin core to "fatten" it up for laceweight spinning. These bobbins do the same thing, but (I think) look a little nicer. I can only get the larger tubing in white, so I've only turned these lace bobbins in maple, but I can do other woods on request.