This listing is for a vintage/primitive yarn winder. This type is often referred to as a "squirrel cage". This is all wood and comes in 2 parts. The holder and the cage---both wood---definitely hand made---In excellent condition no marks or gouges. Wood and dowels are smooth and nicely finished---turns easily. I had this for years without realizing how it came apart.
There are no clamp marks or place to secure it to table/stand etc---so thinking it may be a 2 person job---one to feed the yarn and turn the handle and one to hold the box---the cage is 10" long and the holder is about 12" without the handle---so nice tabletop size.
It has one a minor scratch/scrape on the inside bottom of the box that I did---myself There was something dried looked like glue---not sure what or how long it had been there---I was able to remove but in doing so caused the lightened wood---am sure will eventually age again. (Will post pict so you can get a better look).
There are no openings into the cage---box has nails at the bottom corners---the cage is held in place by a dowel (prob could be removed but don't think you are suppose to)---on the other side with the handle there is a pin that is easily removed to allow for removal of the cage and yarn.
Nice old piece---perfect for tabletop---cage is 10" and the box is about 12" stands about 5" tall and is about 15" total including the turn handle.
I was not raised around folks who knit, spun, dyed, or wove wool or yarn---and am definitely not an authority---if you have input please share. Would love more information.
If you want to see more pictures just let me know---thanks :)