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Pam Jones of Tonganoxie spins yarn from llama fiber in front of her home. Jones demonstrates the craft and sells items she produces at living history venues, including the Renaissance Festival in Bonner Springs.

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Spinning away troubles in Tonganoxie

Spinner finds ancient craft provides good therapy

As Pam Jones treads on the treadle, her spinning wheel comes to life with wheels, bobbin and an intricately carved U-shaped piece of wood spinning with the busy precision of a Swiss watch. All that activity and the task of feeding raw wool through a spindle is soothing for Jones, who has battled depression over the years.

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