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That’s such a simple yet effective device. Most anyone could probably make one that’s at least somewhat effective, but there’s a whole history of knowledge of how to make it that way so that people could spin wool. It’s remarkable, and yes, it’s sad how quickly that’s faded from “common” knowledge. When people talk about The End of the World, it’s tools like that that I hope people still know how to make and use that will be needed again. Spinning wheels show up in Europe by the 14th century, which is plenty of time to Awesome Some Grandmas Play Bingo Real Grandmas Go Riding Vintage Retro Shirt find their way into traditional tales.