Lojan Buddy Spinning Wheel – double treadle PRE-ORDER YOURS FOR MARCH 2024
The Buddy is the new spinning wheel designed and developed by father and daughter team Jan Louët and Loes van Aken. Jan’s design has evolved from an initial sketch, worked up on a computer and built into a prototype. Now close to launch, the wheels will be ready for shipping in March 2024.
Introducing the much improved Irish Tension; Dutch Tension. Although the wheel is still bobbin led, the stream-lined design of the Buddy’s flyer allows you to spin with less of a pull on the yarn. Along with the 5 ratios this makes it ideal for spinning fine yarns right through to chunky textured yarns.
The large 18mm orifice can be reduced in size by using the 12mm insert (included) which helps to prevent yarn wobble when spinning thinner yarns. There’s no fiddly threading up with this wheel, the large sliding guides have an opening to allow you to insert the yarn instead of pulling it through. You then simply push the leader through the large orifice, thread it through the removable insert and pop it into place. See Loes’ demonstration on the single treadle wheel on Facebook.
The thoughtful design of the Lojan Buddy will please both beginner and experienced spinners. It is simple to use, built with high quality materials and easy to assemble. The solid beech and beech laminated wood has been left unfinished so that you can choose to wax, oil, varnish or paint your wheel.
The Lojan Buddy spinning wheels all include a stand-alone Lazy Kate and four 200g capacity bobbins.
- Wheel diameter: 41cm (16″)
- Bobbin capacity: 200g
- Orifice height: 65cm (25.5″)
- Ratios: 1:4, 1:6, 1:9, 1:13, 1:18
- Weight: 5kg
Great news for the environment; Lojan have adopted the ethos of not using plastic in their packaging.
Please note that our image shows the computer design of wheel. Photographs will be available as soon as we have them.