Thus, while the busy dame bustled about the house, or plied her spinning-wheel
at one end of the piazza, honest Balt would sit smoking his evening pipe at the other, watching the achievements of a little wooden warrior, who, armed with a sword in each hand, was most valiantly fighting the wind on the pinnacle of the barn.
She was probably the very last person in town who still kept the time-honored spinning-wheel
in constant revolution.
I kept neither dog, cat, cow, pig, nor hens, so that you would have said there was a deficiency of domestic sounds; neither the churn, nor the spinning-wheel
, nor even the singing of the kettle, nor the hissing of the urn, nor children crying, to comfort one.
In the days when the spinning-wheels
hummed busily in the farmhouses-- and even great ladies, clothed in silk and thread-lace, had their toy spinning-wheels
of polished oak--there might be seen in districts far away among the lanes, or deep in the bosom of the hills, certain pallid undersized men, who, by the side of the brawny country-folk, looked like the remnants of a disinherited race.
The spiritual power of Charkha and its use to serve the poor masses of India has been categorically explained by Gandhiji himself many times: " The message of the spinning-wheel
is much wider than its circumference.
A section devoted to basic spinning-wheel
mechanics rounds out this specialized, extensively detailed guide, illustrated with black-and-white photographs and diagrams.
76-78; John Horner, The Linen Trade of Europe during the Spinning-wheel
Period (Belfast, 1920), pp.