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Out deep into the forest you’ll come up on a sign at the site that says the water wheel was built in 1833 by Edwin J. Dalby and was one of the first hydroelectric plants at about 1923 on the Hood Canal. It provided electricity for the property of Edwin and Ethel Dalby, including their home nearby. Dalby used part of the tiny log-sided powerhouse for a woodworking shop.
The couple raised four children in the "big" house that still stands on the property, about two miles from Union.
When Highway 106 — then called "Navy Yard Highway" — was built in 1928, the spacious new pavement replaced the one-lane dirt road that had served the Dalby home. Cars started whizzing past, but not so fast that people didn’t noticed the picturesque water wheel.
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You can see the drive band (thin red tube) going over a big oreo-style pulley on the back of the bobbin. This pulley was extremely heavy – not recommended. Later we made smaller, more lightweight pulleys. This allows for much smoother action when you put the bobbin onto a lazy kate.
The red tube is a stretchy grippy drive band, which we bought from a local company called Susan’s Spinning Bunny. It’s adjustable, so you don’t need to know your wheel’s size before you buy it. However, when we first built the wheel we used a piece of 1/4" elastic from a sewing store. That worked too.
The container hanging off the back is a "survival kit" with spare drive bands, etc. It hangs on a special bracket. You can get one of these containers, with bracket, for about $3 at a hardware store. I just screwed the bracket right into the back post.
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