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Journey Wheels

Jonathan is considering making Journey Wheels again. We'll advise about availability and price as soon as Jonathan decides to go ahead.

For technical assistance with your Journey Wheel, please call Jonathan at 978/264-0584 (we're on East Coast time).

Over 40 years ago with inspiration from the Indian charkha, Jonathan Bosworth designed the Journey Wheel as a single-treadle flyer spinning wheel. The Journey Wheels are still made of beautiful of cherry — its color and intensity will deepen the longer you own your Journey Wheel.

As a design engineer and master craftsman, Jonathan has developed the Journey Wheel into a true workhorse spinning wheel which works well with a variety of fibers including wools, cotton, silk, alpaca and more. Just as important, the Journey Wheel is designed for easy travel — take your Journey Wheel with you, wherever you may go!

With principal ratios of 8:1 and 16:1 and intermediary ratios of 10:1 and 14:1, the Journey Wheel is available as a single- or double-treadle wheel. It spins beautifully as a double-drive wheel or with the Scotch tension option, whether you are spinning fine laceweight or thicker yarns.

No settings are lost or parts removed when you fold your Journey Wheel into its self-contained case; nothing is left behind by mistake. The Journey Wheel's unique open U-orifice means you'll never need an orifice hook again.

The Journey Wheel is ...

Portable! It is hinged and folds into itself to form a 14"x16"x7 box. It weighs between 14-15 pounds (density of the wood varies), and is easily carried with a leather shoulder strap.

The Flyer is our own design, featuring a unique well-balanced U-shaped orifice, which means no more orifice hooks. The whole front of the flyer opens like a gate, which makes changing bobbins a snap.

The Treadle is designed to be pedalled heel-and-toe, allowing a relaxed posture for spinning.

Belts are tensioned by a single precise adjustment for double-drive spinning, or by two simple adjustments for Scotch Tension spinning. Belts do not need to be removed to fold your Journey Wheel, or to unwind spun yarn.

Two Spare Bobbins rest easily in the built-in Lazy Kate.



  • 14" x 16" x 7" folded
  • 32" high (opened and upright)
  • Orifice 29" from floor



  • 14-15 pounds



  • Treadle to Flyer: 8.1 and 16:1
  • Direct drive double-belted system; Scotch tension optional
  • Bobbin to Flyer: 1.8:1
  • Bobbin size: 3" diameter, 2 7/8" length



    Nylon, teflon & permanently sealed ball bearings require no lubrication. You may oil the treadle pivots, the footman & strap leathers, & the plastic bearing at the front of the flyer.



Options are available for your Journey Wheel.

PDF Instructions for your Journey Wheel

Take care of your Journey Wheel and all your wooden fiber tools with Wood Beams.
Protect your Journey Wheel with a padded Travel Case.





Jonathan is considering making Journey Wheels again. We are not accepting orders at this time.

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Single Treadle Journey Wheel
Double Treadle Journey Wheel


Add-ons are available for the Journey Wheel; please order here.

Estimated Journey Wheel shipping costs
UPS Ground Service $36-55 (depending on zip code) which includes insurance.
Orders for Hawaii or Alaska are sent USPS Express or Priority Mail/insured.

International orders: USPS Global Express or Priority International/Insurance $150 and up; customs/duty fees are the responsibility of the recipient.

Shipping costs will be added on our end; we will confirm pricing and estimate delivery costs when you place your order.



We request a $150 deposit for Journey Wheel orders to hold your place in the queue; $75 of this is refundable if you cancel your order before delivery.

6.25% Sales Tax for Massachusetts Residents

We accept payment by check or money order (payable to Jonathan Bosworth),
PayPal, AmEx, Discover, MasterCard & VISA (charge card minimum $20, please).
• PayPal preferred for International orders.