Vince has talked to Schacht (wheel manufacturer) and I’ve sent them pictures and it seems the wheel may be beyond repair. It took quite a blow from whatever came through the bottom of the two boxes and reinforcement that was placed between the two boxes.
If the pedal is attached to the bar in the correct position, it rubs on the back frame of the wheel. If it’s attached to the bar in any other position, it’s impossible to treadle that left pedal so, for now, I have lots of beautiful fiber and no wheel! 🙁
I’m pretty disappointed but went ahead and filed on the insurance claim with UPS and will wait and see what they do. Not only am I sad that I don’t have a wheel to use, after waiting and being so excited to get it, but it makes me sad that a beautiful wheel that should have been around for generations has been ruined by total carelessness. As I was telling my friend yesterday . . it’s just a wooden object. There are lives ruined every day by carelessness so I’m thankful that it was “just” a wheel and not something I’ll spend a lifetime mourning.