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Object ID # 1998.030.008
Object Name Wheel, Spinning
Title "Korean Wheel" by Harry J. Kirk
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Credit line Dorothy & Harry Kirk Collection of Spinning Wheels & Related Equipment
Date 1960s?
Artist Kirk, Harry J.
Made Kirk, Harry J.
Place of Origin Owen Sound, Grey County
Description Reproduction Korean-style spinning wheel (made in Owen Sound, Ontario by Harry J. Kirk).
This item was copied from a miniature Korean wheel, but made full-size. It is a rimless (thread-rimmed) wheel, and very light-weight. Its tensioning consists of a wedge, which holds the moveable mother-of-all tightly to the base. Mr. Kirk made the wheel using recycled wooden cheese box lids. It has a brass tag with No. 36 on it (its Kirk inventory number). It is also a "hand wheel" or "spindle wheel".
Provenance This Korean spinning wheel was not made in Korea, but was made in either Owen Sound, Ontario or Toronto, by Harry J. Kirk, for his wife, Dorothy Kirk (neƩ Budge). He copied its styling from a miniature Korean spinning wheel that was brought to Canada by Violet Stewart. It is unknown what year he made it, but it is a 20th-century item. He used cheese box lids to help form the wheel rims for his Korean wheels. His wife, Dorothy, was very interested in acquiring internationally-diverse spinning equipment to show in demonstrations in Ontario.

Dorothy and Harry Kirk, of Owen Sound, Grey County, lived in Grey County and Toronto during their lifetimes, and who had family roots in Grey County. They purchased and restored many old and contemporary spinning wheels and related equipment, often purchasing them from Ontario antique stores. Mrs. Kirk was a master spinner / weaver.
Collection Dorothy & Harry Kirk Collection
Material Wood/Cord/Finish/Metal/Brass
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Kirk, Dorothy
Kirk, Harry J.
Subjects Korea
Function A replica spinning wheel, which would be sat on the ground when one was spinning with it. There is a simple wooden wedge tension that keeps the mother-of-all in place. It is a "spindle wheel" or "hand wheel". The spun yarn accumulates on the spindle. The spinner operated the wheel with his right hand.