Finally got this wheel working.
I posted about it here,
and since then my husband has cleaned, oiled and glued it back into working order.
So it was up to me to get it spinning again.
But first I did a bit of research about the origins of this wheel.
I had lots of help from Karen MacEwan
who heads the Antique Wheel Forum on ravelry.com,
a wonderful resource for all kinds of fibery information.
The wheel dates back to the 1840's and is Scandinavian in origin,
probably having been brought over to the U.S. from Sweden.
A lot of these wheels are turning up in the Northern U.S.
where many of the Scandinavian peoples settled when coming to the New World.
Over this Thanksgiving Holiday,
I was able to take some time and mess with it.
Karen told me to string my wheel in a figure eight around the double drive band,
and also how to set the tension.
It worked like a charm.
Can't wait to bring it to school and have my students try it out.