Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New Tibetan Support Spindles with Matching Bowls

Three new Tibetan style support spindles were added to our Etsy shop today.  Each spindle comes with a matching spinning bowl.  The woods pictured above are canarywood, bubinga and goncalo alves.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Getting Out of Show Business


It's been eight years since we started doing the art/craft show circuit and it's time for Grizzly Mountain Arts to retire from the show business.  We're still in business, just doing it all online these days.  You can find us here if you'd like to see what we're up to these days.

Since we've decided to hop off of the show circuit, we are selling our complete booth set up via Craigslist.  The following is for sale for $300 (cash only, please):

*10x10 fire resistant heavy weight, steel framed Caravan brand canopy with four walls
*Four 2x4 folding tables
*Four custom fitted no-iron maroon tablecloths
*Four canopy weights
*All shelving seen in the photos

The banner, jewelry, jewelry displays and baskets are not for sale.

If you happen to live in the Central Oregon area and are interested, please send us an email!

Friday, May 06, 2011

New Andean/Peruvian Style Bottom Whorl Drop Spindles

These are Dave's newest Andean style bottom whorl drop spindles. The woods used are from left to right:

*Cedar and Mahogany
*Oak and Redheart
*Walnut and Hickory
*Poplar and Cherry
*Paduak and Hickory

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Monday, May 02, 2011

Andean/Peruvian Style Reproduction Bottom Whorl Drop Spindles

These new spindles are reproductions of an Andean style spindle. Andean spindles are suspended drop spindles with no frills...no hook, no notches and no grooves. They were developed to spin long-staple alpaca and other camelid fibers native to the Andes. Spinning is done off the side using a half hitch.

I have made these spindles in the same affordable and basic fashion as the original Andean spindles with one exception--I mount the spindle whorl blank on the shaft, and then turn and shape the whorl and shaft together to achieve a well balanced spindle. My reading and research on Andean spindles indicate that the whorls are shaped first and then fitted on a hand shaped (sometimes not too straight) shaft. I assume that one benefit of this is that once a shaft is worn out the whorl can be removed and fitted to a new shaft, but I just cannot bring myself to make a spindle that wobbles so these whorls are permanently fixed and balanced.