Here are some left over images that might be helpful if you’re trying to build one of these things. Last pic shows my wheel set up in my old studio (I had evicted the car from the garage). Straw rope wrapped around the base of the stretchers saves toes and keeps junk from falling into the internal workings of the flywheel. If you want to see a picture of the wheel in its natural habitat now, please scroll down to the post entitled ‘Clean’. I think it’s third from the bottom.
Keep in mind that the cone and cone receiver were traditionally made from porcelain. I actually saw one of the porcelain type at a factory/museum recently. The porcelain was glazed with a clear glaze, which makes sense I suppose. If you’re handy with porcelain and very good with measurements, you could make a set of these parts yourself. If you’re a real fancypants, you could even use some underglaze cobalt decoration (karakusa or something) on them. Ko-Imari wheel parts…. neat. (If anyone actually does this please send me pics) If you go ahead and decide to build a wheel, and have additional questions, please ask. Also, if you go ahead and build one of these, please send me pics (and something you’ve made on it). : )