About the Wheel Maker
All Watson Wheels are designed and made entirely by
James B. Watson and Andrew J. Watson
James Watson is a professional engineer who retired after a career in manufacturing. Products ranged from aircraft engines to computer parts to railway locomotives.
A frequently asked question is :- Why spinning wheels?
Creating things in metal was a career and a happy one. Making things in wood as a hobby was the next best thing. Reproducing antique furniture was a challenge but it was someone elses design.
Then James discovered spinning wheels. The concept of twisting fibres is thousands of years old. Here was a machine made out of wood. No machine is ever perfect, so there is always room for improvement.
In the total scheme of things not many people know about spinning wheels. Even fewer use them. A very small number actually make them. However with some research a whole subculture of spinners and weavers was found to exist and the numbers were growing, as people looked for a form of relaxing creativity in a frantic world.
Here was a new interest. The market for factory made spinning wheels was well supplied with a variety of wheels of good value. However, when questioned, spinners were looking for extra features or appearance or function that was not readily available commercially. Thus Watson Wheels was started and James joined a small group of specialty wheelmakers who make spinning wheels because they enjoy the satisfaction of it. None get rich from the endeavour.
Watson Wheels are individually made for each client. Quantities are therefore low and James tries to keep the waiting time under six months.
Minimal advertising in Spin-Off magazine together with word-of-mouth recommendations keeps the order book full and comments from happy clients helps the makers self esteem no end.
Another question :- How did you pick those wheel names?
Elly is a based on a Norwegian classic wheel. Elly is the name of a longtime family friend (Danish) close!
Kirsten evolved from Elly . Kirsten is Ellys granddaughter.
Marie is a 30 wheel. 30 wheels are often
Martha is loosely based on a
All very logical as Spock would say.