Monday, November 30, 2009

New Pear Takli Whorl Support or Drop Spindles

We have just added some new "Pear Takli" whorl spindles to our Etsy shop! These six new spindles include Bloodwood, Bocote, Bird's Eye Maple, Argentine Lignum Vitae, Bubinga and Rosewood. The weight of these spindles range from 1.0 ounces to 1.75 ounces and the price is $29 with FREE shipping.

Please visit the "Spindle" section of our Etsy shop to view additional photos of these beautiful spindles.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Acrylic Pattern Pricker Pin Vise


Dave has handcrafted this 2 inch pattern pricker pin vise from colorful blue swirl acrylic stock. It has been polished to a glass finish. An additional photo can be found at the Ebay auction for this beautiful tool.

Walnut and Ceramic Support Spinning Bowl


Our newest ceramic
support spinning bowl measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and the walnut base is 3 inches in diameter. The walnut base has been adorned by Dave with pyrography (burn etching), and the ceramic bowl, made by Jo, has been glazed a rich baroque gold color. Felt dots on the back keep the wood from scratching other hard surfaces. Additional photos of this support spinning bowl can be found at the item listing in our Etsy shop.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

A Treat in the Mail Today!

Look what we found in our mail today! The beautiful spinning wheel in the photo above was made by DianeC. Isn't it gorgeous?! Thank you so much for the wonderful gift, thoughtful note and hooks :)

Friday, November 27, 2009


Dave has hand crafted these lightweight yarn spindles based on the "Pear Takli" style spindles. They can be used as support spindles with a bowl, or they can also be used as a low-whorl suspended drop spindle. The spindles above have already sold, but Dave should be making some new ones in the future.

New Lap Support Spinning Bowls


We have added a new item to our Grizzly Mountain Arts fiber art tool line. Our new
Lap Support Spinning Bowls feature a ceramic spinning bowl inset into a beautifully turned piece of wood. Each ceramic bowl has been glazed and fired, making each one unique.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ceramic and White Ash Support Spinning Bowl


"Peppered Raspberry" is the glaze Jo used on this earthenware ceramic support spinning bowl. Dave has turned the wooden portion from white ash. If you'd like to see some additional photos of this bowl, please visit the item listing in our Grizzly Mountain Arts Etsy shop. While you're there, be sure and check out our other handmade fiber art tools! Don't forget, shipping is FREE! :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

French Style Spindle and Support Spinning Bowl

French Style Spindle and Support Spinning Bowl
Clicking on the photo above will show a larger view.

This is a French style spindle, which is shaped a little different having a larger diameter in the center. Dave has carved yarn tracking grooves in both directions on the upper part of the spindle so it can be spun in clockwise or counter clockwise directions. The spindle is 12 inches long and made of lightweight poplar wood and weighs only 1 oz (28g). Additional photos of this spindle and bowl can be found at the Ebay auction listing.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Lace Pin Tool Gift Set


This gift set includes a pin pusher and lifter that Dave has inset into padauk wood stems. They fit nicely in the matching double case that has a lovely ceramic cameo mounted on top. An additional photo can be found at the Ebay auction listing.

Crochet Hook and Pin Vise Holiday Gift Set


Looking for a special holiday gift for that crochet or lace lover? This set is ready for presentation. The pair includes a pin vise and a #14 steel crochet hook that Dave has inset into padauk wood stems. Dave has mounted a lovely ceramic cameo on top of the matching presentation case. An additional photo of this one of a kind set can be found at the Ebay auction listing.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Oak Leaf Motif Spool Knitter


Dave has handmade this 3 inch spool knitter out of Poplar wood. He has also burn etched an oak leaf motif all the way around it. This spool knitter has 8 brass pins that will not rust, and comes with a 6 inch loop lifter. An additional photo can be found at the Ebay auction listing.

Two New Support Spinning Bowls!

Spalted Maple and Ceramic

We have just added two new support spinning bowls to our Grizzly Mountain Arts Etsy shop. The one pictured above, is spalted maple and the one below is white ash. These bowls sell for $22 and shipping is FREE! If you'd like to see more photos of these bowls, please click the link found below each photo :)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Fresh from the Kiln and Lathe!


We were so excited to have sold out all of our other support bowls within hours of listing them in our Etsy shop.
THANK YOU to all of our wonderful patrons! We love making tools for other artists :)

This support spinning bowl is fresh from the kiln and lathe! The ceramic bowl has been glazed a beautiful deep malachite green and Dave has turned the wooden base from white ash. This support bowl sells for $22 with FREE shipping in our Grizzly Mountain Arts Etsy shop.

Acrylic Pattern Pricker Pin Vise


One of our lovely patrons had asked if we had purple. We now have purple! :) Dave handcrafted this 2 1/4 inch pattern pricker pin vise from colorful purple swirl acrylic stock. It is polished to a glass finish. An additional photo can be found at the Ebay auction.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

White Ash and Spalted Maple Support Spinning Bowls


We have added two new ceramic and wood support spinning bowls to our Grizzly Mountain Arts Etsy shop! The first (the bowl on the left side of the photo above) features a gorgeous mossy green glazed spinning bowl that has been set into a beautiful turned White Ash base. The second spinning bowl (on the right), has been glazed with an earthy blue glaze and set into a stunning piece of Spalted Maple.

These one of a kind support spinning bowls can be purchased for $22US and FREE shipping is included!

Monday, November 16, 2009

5 New Ceramic Support Spinning Bowls

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New Ceramic Support Spinning Bowls

We have just added 5 new ceramic support spinning bowls to our Grizzly Mountain Arts Etsy shop! Our ceramic support spinning bowls are cone shaped with the bowl measuring 3 inches in diameter across the bottom with a recessed well to support the spindle on top. Be sure and click through to our shop to see additional photos of these little beauties! :)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Native Totem Spool Knitter


This four brass pin totem
spool knitter , also called a knitting nancy, was inspired and adapted from actual Native American symbol pictographs and rock art. Dave crafted it from poplar wood, with purpleheart and rosewood accents. It is approximately 4 ½ inches tall and is accompanied by a 5 ¼ inch loop lifter made of purpleheart wood with a truestone turquoise accent ring.

The deity Kokopelli plays his flute and dances around the bottom of the knitter while above him, four Shaman hold hands and also dance in a circle to his music. Above them ,various native spiritual or mystical symbols circle the knitter. While Kokopelli is mostly known as a fertility deity, he is also known as a “spirit of music”. More photos of this stunning fiber art tool can be found at the Ebay auction listing.

Friday, November 13, 2009

"Cumulus Clouds" Ceramic Support Spindle Bowl


This is another of our new ceramic support spinning bowls. The glaze on this bowl is called "Cumulus Clouds" and it really has that beautiful blue sky and clouds effect! As with our other ceramic spindle bowls, this unique bowl is priced at $19 and shipping is FREE!

When researching support spinning bowls for Russian and Tibetan style spindles, we found that there are two important attributes that need to be incorporated into the bowl. One, is the reduction in friction by creating a ceramic glazed surface--don't forget, wood spinning on wood is how boy scouts start fires :) Second, the bowl needs to be stable to keep from constantly tipping while the spindle spins.

Our cone shaped bowl measures 3 inches in diameter across the bottom with a recessed well to support the spindle on top. An additional photo of this bowl can be found in our Grizzly Mountain Arts Etsy shop.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Golden Dragonfly Lace Bobbin Tatting Shuttle


Dave crafted this 2 ¼ inch bobbin shuttle out of dyed Box Edler wood. He has also inlayed a 14k gold dragonfly on one side and a dot of Truestone turquoise in the butt. It has a #14 steel crochet hook inset into the nose. This bobbin shuttle uses a common Singer Class 66 plastic bobbin that you can pickup at Wal-Mart or other sewing stores in the 4 pack for around $1. It has a brass post screw axel that the bobbin runs on and you can adjust the drag tension on the bobbin. More photos of this beautiful tatting shuttle can be seen at the Ebay auction listing.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Acorn Pattern Pricker Pin Vise


Dave handcrafted this wooden jumbo acorn pattern pricker pin vise from oak. It is lightweight and 2 1/4 inches long and it's fat size makes it easy on the hand to hold and use. An additional photo of this pin vise can be found at the Ebay auction listing.

Gift Set! Lace Tatting Shuttle Needlework Tools


A GRIZZLY MOUNTAIN ARTS SPECIAL!

This is a handmade Christmas gift set Dave made for that special someone you know (maybe even yourself). Imagine their surprise to find this set in their Christmas stocking! The entire set is made from Oregon Myrtlewood and includes:


**2 ¾ inch tatting shuttle
**
Fixed needle pattern pricker

**
#14 picot crochet hook

**Pin pusher/lifter tool
**
Pin Vise

**
Buffalo bone thread laying tool

**Lazy Susan
**
Stick pin


More photos of this Christmas gift set can be found at the Ebay auction.

Sunday, November 08, 2009

Ceramic and Myrtlewood Support Spindle Spinning Bowl


Once Dave and I had finished this piece, I could hardly wait to photograph it and get it online!

This design turned out even better than we had planned!
We have created a support spinning bowl that has combined the efficiency of a ceramic surface with the stability of a wide beautiful wooden base. Our ceramic bowl measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and the myrtlewood base is 3 1/4 inches in diameter. The wooden base has been adorned by Dave with pyrography (burn etching). Four felt dots on the back keep the wood from scratching other hard surfaces.

A few more photos of this piece can be found in our Etsy shop where it is listed for $29 with FREE shipping :)

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Buffalo Bone Embroidery Laying Tool


Dave crafted this 5 inch embroidery thread laying tool out of Buffalo bone. It includes a point protector he made from Ebony. It is held on the tool by a common hair stretchy that you can easily replace yourself.
An additional photo of this beautiful fiber art tool can be found at the Ebay auction listing.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Bison Bone Nalbinding Knitting Needles


Perfect and authentic for Ren-Faire participants! Dave crafted this set of nalbinding needles out of American Bison bone that he obtained from a buffalo ranch here in Oregon. The set of three needles includes a 2 inch, 2 ½ inch and 3 inch needle and comes with a draw string pouch. This unique set is currently up for auction on Ebay.

What is Nalbinding?


According to Wikipedia , Nålebinding (Danish: literally "binding with a needle" or "needle-binding", also naalbinding or naalebinding) is a fabric creation technique predating both knitting and crochet. Also known in English as "knotless netting," "knotless knitting," or "single needle knitting," the technique is distinct from crochet in that it involves passing the full length of the working thread through each loop, unlike crochet where the work is formed only of loops, never involving the free end. Archaeological specimens of fabric made by nålebinding can be difficult to distinguish from knitted fabric.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Ceramic Support Spinning Bowls


We have added ceramic
support spinning bowls to our Grizzly Mountain Arts fiber art tool line! When researching support spinning bowls for Russian and Tibetan style spindles, we found that there are two important attributes that need to be incorporated into the bowl. One, is the reduction in friction by creating a ceramic glazed surface--don't forget, wood spinning on wood is how boy scouts start fires :) Second, the bowl needs to be stable to keep from constantly tipping while the spindle spins.

Here at Grizzly Mountain Arts, we have created a ceramic support spinning bowl that is cone shaped. Our bowl measures 3 inches in diameter across the bottom with a recessed well to support the spindle on top. We are making our support spinning bowls in a variety of glazes and no two pieces ever come out of the kiln the same. Every ceramic support spinning bowl will be one of a kind.

Grizzly Mountain Arts ceramic support spinning bowls ship for FREE and can be found in our Etsy shop for $19!

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Handcrafted 5 Pin Spool Knitter


Dave has made this 4 inch spool knitter and loop lifter out of Poplar and Walnut. He has also burn etched the Grape and Leaf motif all the way around it. It has 5 brass pins that will not rust.
An additional photo can be found at the Ebay auction for this unique fiber art tool.

Acrylic Pattern Pricker Pin Vise


Dave handcrafted this 2 inch pattern pricker pin vise from colorful acrylic stock. The color is a Sapphire with icy swirls, and this gorgeous fiber art tool has been polished to a glass finish. More photos of this incredible tool can be seen at the Ebay auction.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Russian Style Spindle and Support Spinning Bowl


Dave has handcrafted this Russian style spindle out of Red Oak. It is 12 1/2 inches long and weighs approximately 31g (1.1 oz). It comes with a 3 inch ceramic support spinning bowl that we also handmade here at Grizzly Mountain. More photos of this set can be found at the Ebay auction listing.

Russian style spindles are used for traditional hand spinning of fine yarn such as Cashmere, Yak, Bison, and similar short stapled, fine fibers. They are used with a spinning base support such as wood or ceramic bowl that the base of the spindle can spin freely in. They vary in length and weight according to the spinning task such as very fine yarn and plying of several colors of yarns.