It is great that Skipper is a Wood Turner.
I have been running some "Learn to Spin" workshops and this Ashford Spinning Wheel belongs to one of my clients, she bought it along to learn on but it required some repairs, so a little visit to "WrightTurned" workshop was needed.
As you can see in the photo, where the treadle connects to the main leg of the wheel the wood had become chewed up allowing the treadle pin to keep falling out, it was held in place with some cord.
First the hole was drilled out to make a clean purchase for a new piece of wood. The new wooden plug was hand turned on the lathe.
Shaped to give a perfect snug fit and hold firm. Then cut to size and rubbed down.
This is called a visible repair. It has strengthened the working part, is functional and looks in keeping with this lovely old wheel.
The wheel was then given a service, buffed, oiled, fitted with a new double band and was all set to keep spinning for many years to come. As you can see it spins a treat!