Spinning wheel with mobile wings

Spinning wheel with mobile wings

Inv. 408
Interpretation by Giovanni Strobino, 1952 - 1953

This is one of the most highly innovative machines designed by Leonardo for the manufacturing of textiles. With the winged spindle Leonardo put the basis for the later development of the continuous spinning machine. The machine is designed to perform the stretching, twisting and winding operations simultaneously on three consecutive stretches of thread, the operations are then repeated as the thread regularly feed into the machine.

The model is based on the drawing:

  • Codex Atlanticus f. 1090 v. (1495)
    Milano, Biblioteca Ambrosiana