Falls Mill Joyner Gin Spinner in Operation


Joyner gin spinner

Gin spinner identification plate

Joyner metal frame gin spinner on display at the Tennessee State Museum.

To all who have been a help in our learning about cotton gin spinners, or are at least interested:

John Lovett at the Falls Mill Museum was donated a Joyner gin spinner by the Travellers’ Rest in Nashville, Tennessee, and has been working ever since to clean it up and restore it. There are new saw blades, new carding cloth, some new pulleys, new cording and belting, pieces of the draft stretchers, spinner flyers, and bobbins.

Today the new apron that rides overhead and delivers the seed cotton to the gin was put in place and I arrived soon after. The first two YouTube movies below show the operation of the various sections with the cover and apron in place. The second has those pulled back so you can see the carding drums. The third shows the cotton after being ginned and passing over the carding drums in six strands. Many misconceptions about how these marvels work were dispelled today in my mind.


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