Last spring, Leslie, Rayna and I went to Colbourne Ontario, to meet Mr. Alvin Ramer. Mr. Ramer is, among many things, a spinning wheel guru, precious piece of Canadian history and, along with his wife Barbara Ann, a very wonderful person.
Sadly, Mr. Ramer is retiring from the wheel business. Last weekend the three of us made another trip, to see them, and wish them well, and also to relieve them of some of the contents of their barn. Between the three of us, we walked away with 2 spinning wheels (I’m in love, more on mine later!) a spinning chair (Mr. Ramer’s prototype of his original design) and a number of little things, including combs and spindles.
We will certainly be going back, not least because Mr. Ramer has kindly offered to repair my antique wheel. If you are interested in purchasing beautiful spinning equipment (some of which is quite rare) here is the Ravelry thread where you can get the contact information for their friend Rosemary, who is helping to sell the items.
I wish Mr Ramer and Barbara Ann all the best. They are not only talented and knowledgeable spinners, but sweet, welcoming, wonderful people, and we can’t wait to see them again!