Introducing Schacht’s Sidekick Spinning Wheel—Your New Best Friend


Barry Schacht and Jane Patrick take the Sidekick for a walk. Photo: Michael Lichter

Here at Schacht we’ve been working on a traveling spinning wheel for the good part of 2010. Barry and team (Dave, Will, Cindy and Filip) are making final tweaks, purchasing component parts, and gearing up for production. I love the process of working on a new product. Asking, first what the requirements of the product are, and then proceeding to build models and prove or disprove ideas that work. Then, comes the refining of the model, trying it out, getting input from the sales department and expert spinners. Then more refining before beginning to look at the best and most efficient way to manufacture it. This can lead to slight modifications in the design, as can finding the best component parts. At last, here we are in the final phase of design, almost ready to begin production.

Finding a name that fits is important. Sometimes the product design begins with a name, as we did for the Ladybug Spinning Wheel. For the Sidekick, we came upon what seemed like the perfect name almost at the end. I think it reflects what we wanted: a wheel that was easy to take with you and a joy to spin on. Like all of our spinning wheels, we wanted the Sidekick to be responsive, friendly and simple to use, as well as pleasing to the eye. “Sidekick” seemed to fit just perfectly.

We don’t have pricing yet, but it shouldn’t be too long. We’ll pass it along when we do. We have sent out information to our dealers, and we’re already getting favorable response. We’ll start shipping in May–it’s not too early to request further information from your dealer for future Sidekick updates.

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Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960s and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high-quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family-owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.