A solitary crane In winter snow Needs no jewels. Deng Ming~Dao
Do you believe in Karma? I do. Earlier this spring out of the blue I was contacted by a man named Tom Livernois. He had found my contact information via my blog. It turns out that he had read this post from 2007.
Anyone who knows me knows I jumped all over his note regarding the revival of the Magnus Drudik Spinning wheel.
Tom and I emailed back and forth and he told me his story of how he had been apprenticing with Magnus over the last year and was curious as to if people would be interested in purchasing these wheels made by him under the direction of Magnus.
Hmmmm.....again.....hmmmm.... Of course not knowing Tom or seeing his handiwork, I had to admit that I was extremely curious and hesitant all at the same time. I told Tom that if he had a wheel in birdseye or curly maple I would love to see it......and wouldn't you know....yep, he had one and would send me some pictures...
There was a tiny part of me that was almost hoping that this wasn't true....that the wheel would not be that special...because you know me....how would I be able to resist? Refer back to the old post that Tom found......yes, it is indeed a sickness. A sickness that I keep telling Mr. Woolen Rabbit that will take better care of us in our old age than our 401K. ;-).
The pictures of the wheel in the beginning stages of production arrived and I gulped. Yes...even in it's unfinished condition, I could tell that this one was special, and I was intrigued and VERY excited. Excited not only for me, but for all of the spinners out there. Many of our beloved spinning wheel masters are aging and there is the fear amongst us that the craftsmanship of these wheels will disappear with them. Magnus has been considered a master spinning wheel maker and his wheels have been coveted for as long as I can remember, so to know that Magnus is training up someone to take the helm for him...is well, just wonderful!
Over the next few months Tom and I conversed back and forth via email about my wheel that he was making and wheels in general. I think that he and I share a passion for wheels that speak to us. Just this evening we were saying how each wheel is it's own entity and has it's own energy....and should have it's rightful owner.
I believe this amazing wheel has found her rightful owner and I am so thankful that Karma led Tom to my blog. In turn I want to send some of that Karma back to Tom by introducing him to you. He is such a kind, enthusiastic and kindred spirit and you can reach him here.