Monday, May 31, 2010

Hawaiian Koa and Holly Top Whorl Drop Spindle with Carved Buffalo Bone


Dave has created this stunningly elegant top whorl drop spindle from Hawaiian koa and holly. He has added beautiful checkering around the 3 inch koa whorl and has also adorned the whorl with his signature rose and leaf motif on carved buffalo bone. The shaft of this spindle is holly and the overall length is 10 1/2 inches. The weight of this spindle is 1.4 ounces and a brass hook has been added to the top.

Friday, May 28, 2010

The beautiful 2 1/4 inch diameter notched top whorl of this drop spindle was crafted from a gorgeous piece of Stratabond. To complement the lovely colors of the Stratabond, Dave chose birch for the 9 inches long shaft (this includes the added brass hook). This spindle weights .8 ounces.

~What is Stratabond?~

Stratabond is a trademark product of the Rutland Plywood Corporation, and is composed of dye impregnated wood veneers in rich earth tones.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Cherry and Ceramic Support Spinning Bowl


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 gorgeous cherry wood base is 2 3/4 inches in diameter. Cork has been added to the bottom of this bowl to keep the wood from scratching other hard surfaces.

We are making the ceramic inserts for our support spinning bowls in a variety of glazes, and no two pieces ever come out of the kiln the same. Your cherry and ceramic support spinning bowl will be one of a kind.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Hard Maple and Bocote Top Whorl Drop Spindle with Pyrography


Hard maple and bocote are the woods Dave chose for this 1.1 ounce top whorl drop spindle. He has adorned the 2 1/8 inch diameter hard maple whorl with his signature pyrographic rose and leaf motif. The overall length of this beautiful handspinning tool is 8 1/2 inches and a brass hook has been added.

Hawaiian Koa Russian Support Spindle with Pyrography


Dave chose Hawaiian koa as the wood for this elegant 11 1/2 inch, 32 gram Russian style support spindle. He has adorned it with his pyrographed leaf motif.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Walnut and Tiger Maple Top Whorl Drop Spindle with Pyrography


Walnut and tiger maple are the woods chosen by Dave for this beautiful drop spindle. He has used pyrography (burn etching) to adorn the notched 2 1/2 inch walnut whorl with his signature leaf motif. The overall length of the tiger maple shaft, including the brass hook, is 10 inches and the weight is 1.1 ounce.

Walnut and Canary Wood Tibetan Support Spindle with Pyrography


Walnut was chosen for the 11 3/4 inches long shaft of this elegant Tibetan support spindle. Dave has burn etched the canary wood whorl with his signature leaf motif. This supported spindle weights 47 grams.

Hard Maple and Purpleheart Top Whorl Drop Spindle with Pyrography


Dave's signature leaf motif has been burn etched around the edges of the notched hard maple whorl of this beautiful drop spindle. The top of the whorl has been adorned with his rose and leaf motif. The overall length of this spindle is 9 inches, and it weights 1.3 ounces. A brass hook has been added to the purpleheart shaft.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Myrtlewood and Walnut Tibetan Support Spindle with Matching Bowl


Dave has crafted the whorl of this elegant Tibetan support spindle from myrtlewood burl and the shaft is walnut. He has added oak leaves around the whorl, and they are also on the matching support bowl. The length of this spindle is 11 1/2 inches, and the weight is 50 grams.
Our ceramic bowl measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and the gorgeous myrtlewood wood base is 2 3/4 inches in diameter. Cork has been added to the bottom of this bowl to keep the wood from scratching other hard surfaces.

Bubinga Russian Support Spindle


Dave has crafted this simple, yet elegant Russian supported spindle from a beautiful piece of bubinga wood. This spindle weights 53 grams and measures 11 1/2 inches in length.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Apricot and Pau Ferro Tibetan Support Spindle with Pyrography

Apricot and Pau Ferro Tibetan Support Spindle with Pyrography

Dave has adorned the beautiful apricot whorl of this 11 1/2 inch Tibetan support spindle with his signature leaf motif. The shaft was crafted from pau ferro and the weight of this spindle is 49 grams.

Goncalo Alves Top Whorl Silk Drop Spindle


This lovely top whorl silk drop spindle was turned from goncalo alves. It weights 1.6 ounces and a brass hook has been added. An additional photo can be found in our GrizzlyMountainArts Etsy shop.

Medieval Norse Fossil Mammoth Ivory Nalbinding Needle


Dave has carved this 4 1/2 inch nalbinding needle from fossil mammoth ivory. At the suggestion of some of our wonderful customers who are active participants in the SCA, Dave has tried to create an authentic looking replica of a Medieval tool.

Each nalbinding needle has been initialed by Dave, and comes in its own velour drawstring bag. An additional photo can be viewed in our "GrizzlyMountainArts" Etsy shop.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Padauk Russian Spindle and Support Bowl Set


This is one of Dave's most beautiful spindle and bowls sets to date! He has inlayed the padauk wood of the 11 1/2 inch long Russian style supported spindle with turquoise. The weight of this spindle is 33 grams. The matching padauk support bowl features a matching turquoise glazed ceramic insert and Dave's signature leaf motif has been burn-etched around the outer rim. Additional photos can be found in our Etsy shop.

Cherry and Chechen Tibetan Support Spindle


Dave has crafted the whorl of this elegant Tibetan supported spindle from chechen wood. Chechen is also known as Caribbean rosewood. The cherry shaft measures 11 1/2 inches long, and the weight of this beautiful handspinning tool is 50 grams.
Additional photos can be found in our Etsy shop.

Bocote "Toothbrush Rug" Nalbinding Needle


Dave has crafted this extra large nalbinding needle out of bocote wood. It is approximately 4 inches long and is used for making rugs. An additional photo can be found in our Etsy shop.

FYI,usually rug making needles this size are made out of discarded toothbrush handles, hence the name toothbrush rugs :)

Monday, May 17, 2010

New Fossil Mammoth Ivory Inlay Spindles

We added two new top whorl drop spindles to our Etsy shop today that featured fossil mammoth ivory inlay. The one on the right which was crafted from cocobolo and rosewood is still available. Each piece of fossil mammoth ivory is unique, making these spindles truly one of a kind.

Resin Cameo Needle Minders


Back by popular demand! We have just added quite a few new resin cameo
needle minders to the "Fiber Art Tool" section of our Etsy shop. These tend to sell out quickly, so stop by and take a look :)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Birdseye Maple and Cocobolo Top Whorl Drop Spindle with Pyrography

Birdseye Maple and Cocobolo Top Whorl Drop Spindle with Pyrography

Dave has crafted this elegant notched top whorl drop spindle from birdseye maple and cocobolo woods. The 3 inch notched birdseye maple whorl features a beautiful pyrographed oak leaf motif. The overall length of the cocobolo shaft is 10 inches. This 1.8 ounce drop spindle also features a brass hook.

Hawaiian Koa and Tiger Maple Top Whorl Drop Spindle

Hawaiian Koa and Tiger Maple Top Whorl Drop Spindle

This 10 1/2 inch top whorl drop spindle weights 1.1 ounce. The notched whorl was crafted from beautiful Hawaiian koa and measures 2 7/8 inches in diameter. The top of the whorl has been adorned with Dave's signature leaf motif. The equally stunning shaft was turned from tiger maple. A brass hook has been added to the top.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Brass Picot Gauge Set with Case


Dave has crafted this picot gauge set from round brass tubing. The sizes are 1/16, 1/8, 3/16, and ¼ inches. The set also includes a scribed 2 inch flat brass ruler. The gauges slide inside each other and fit nicely inside the 3 ½ inch Oregon myrtlewood burl case. Burl wood has unique patterns made by nature and cannot be duplicated. Each piece of burl is one of a kind.

Additional photos of this beautiful set can be found at the Ebay auction listing.


Saturday, May 08, 2010

Honduras Rosewood, Ebony and Fossil Mammoth Ivory Top Whorl Drop Spindle


Dave has crafted this 1.6 ounce top whorl drop spindle from honduras rosewood and ebony. The 2 5/8 inch honduras rosewood whorl has been accented with beautiful fossil mammoth ivory. The shaft was crafted from ebony, and the overall length of this stunning handspinning tool is 10 inches. A brass hook has been added to this drop spindle.

An additional photo can be found in our Etsy shop.

Monday, May 03, 2010

Bone Nalbinding Toothbrush Rug Making Needle


Dave has crafted this extra large nalbinding needle out of buffalo bone. It is approximately 4 inches long and is used for making rugs. Usually rug making needles this size are made out of discarded toothbrush handles, hence the name toothbrush rugs. It is sanded smooth and polished to a glossy finish and is currently up for auction on Ebay.

New Spindles and Bowl

This group of handspinning tools was recently completed for one of our wonderful patrons. The unique spindle at the bottom of the photo features pyrographed shamrocks on it's birch shaft. The walnut whorl has Dave's detailed leaf motif, and this particular spindle can be used as either a top or bottom whorl drop spindle. The walnut spindle in the middle has a delightful shamrock motif that has been created using turquoise and pipestone inlay. Last, but certainly not least, is the gorgeous supported Tibetan spindle which was crafted from koa and birdseye maple, and it's matching birdseye maple bowl. The support spinning bowl has an earthy green earthenware ceramic insert.

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