The following information has come to our attention. The bid deadline is 31st March but if you are able to circulate it to your members they may be interested. We understand that these wheels are much sought after and there are unlikely to be many more as the person who makes them is in his mid 80s.
With best regards
Mrs Matty Smith
General Purposes Committee
Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners & Dyers
I am contacting you from Fair Isle, famous for its knitwear.
The island is very small (5km x 3km) with a population of around 65. We are a fragile community and The Fair Isle Bird Observatory Trust (a tiny independent charity) is vital to the economy of the island as it brings in visitors, provides employment and also maintains the transport links to the outside world.
The Observatory is currently being rebuilt and will hopefully be finished this spring. However we are still trying to raise the last of the funds required to complete the project. One of the local islanders has been making beautiful hand-crafted spinning wheels here for the past 40 years and has donated one (no 106) for auction to help us raise funds. It would make a wonderful gift for a spinning enthusiast. However spinning is not my forte and I am finding it difficult to know where to publicise this. I wonder if you would be so kind as to help advertise this or provide a link to our website www.fairislebirdobs.co.ukwhere further details can be found.
very many thanks
Stewart Thomson of Shirva has very kindly donated his 106th spinning wheel to raise funds for the New Obs.
The current highest bid for the spinning wheel is £500 on 30th march
Stewart Thomson Spinning Wheel No 106
made from bits of the old & new Obs
Warden, Fair Isle Bird Observatory, Fair Isle. Shetland. ZE2 9JU
Tel/Fax: 01595 760258