As daunting as this was, it almost went back in the box! But wool's siren call drowned out the fears, and some "antique red" water-based stain and several coats of acrylic later,
it was time to help her get her act together. Thankfully Linda likes assembling things AND is very patient and good at it. In the end, the assembly took maybe two hours. Claudia from Country Wool was kind enough to make an adjustment or two (it may be a double-drive wheel, but that doesn't mean both drives should be engaged simultaneously!), and at last, she's finished!
She's a thing of beauty, although neither photo captures her lush, deep rosewood coloring. She's 'functional art', and I can't wait to finally pick up spinning again! There's all sorts of alpaca and Romney roving here just waiting to be practiced with, not to mention the Lincoln fleece from Cricket and Leicester fleece from Ozzie, obtained last Fall in anticipation of this time. I keep reminding myself it's an art that will take lots of practice and time, like all great love affairs.