I got a special package in the mail from Bill Wyatt of Wyatt Wheels.
Inside this amazingly sturdy (wood-reinforced!) cardboard box, was the prototype
This is the thing side-on. You can see the rocker arm, and the bobbin in the middle. The handle that drives it all is sticking out the left side; it looks like there’s a handle on the right, but it’s actually sitting next to another piece of equipment. There is a knob sticking out to the right, which mounts the re-reeling stand.
This is the re-reeling setup, which is essentially an on-board Lazy Kate. The brass rod is attached to the wooden board, which sets up and pokes into a hole in a knob on the side of the box. This will be nice for winding off, because it doesn’t have to work the machine backward that way.
This is the belt drive; this is hidden inside the “tower” to the left-hand side in the first and second photos. The ninety-degree pully is amazing to watch. The top drive shaft turns the bobbin, and the secondary pulley that goes through the 90′ turn drives the rocker arm. The rocker arm distributes the silk evenly onto the bobbin, which makes it easier and better to work with.