Today, a skein refers to any hank of yarn; but in older times, spinners were extremely accurate when measuring the length of a skein (560 yards). The yarn winder measures two yards of yarn per revolution, thus allowing for the accurate calculation of an easy to handle skein.
This particular yarn winder was donated by a descendant of the Kampf/Camp family who once lived in the area of Dalton, Ohio. Anthony Kampf, born on March 4, 1779 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, moved to Wayne County, Ohio after being issued a land grant from President James Madison on August 12, 1814. Anthony, along with his sons Henry and Winfield Scott all worked together on the Dalton farm. He passed away in Dalton on October 13, 1841. The family’s spinning wheel and yarn winder attachment were handed down through generations of the family until being donated to the Wayne County Historical Society.