Saturday, April 23, 2011

Carved Moose Antler and Cocobolo Rim Weighted Top Whorl Drop Spindle

This unique 1.1 ounce (30gram) moose antler rim weighted top whorl drop spindle has been intricately carved by Dave with his signature leaf motif. The notched whorl measures 1 5/8 inches in diameter, and the cocobolo shaft is 7 1/4 inches in length. The bottom of the shaft has been shaped to accommodate a half hitch and a brass hook has been added to the top.  Please click here to view additional photos of this beautiful handspinning tool.



Carved Moose Antler and Purpleheart Bottom Whorl Drop Spindle

This unique 1.4 ounce (41grams) moose antler bottom whorl drop spindle has been intricately carved by Dave with his signature rose and leaf motif. The whorl measures 1 7/8 inches in diameter, and the purpleheart shaft is 9 1/2 inches in length. A brass hook has been added to the top, and a steel bumper to the bottom.  Please visit our Etsy shop to view more photos of this beautiful handspinning tool.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Pacific Yew and Hickory Tibetan Support Spindle

This beautiful Tibetan support spindle weights 1.2 ounces (35 grams). The hickory shaft measures 11 1/2 inches in length, and the whorl, which is crafted from Pacific yew, measures about 1 3/4 inches in diameter.  Additional photos can be seen in our Etsy shop.

Dave checks all of his spindles for balance. Occasionally he finds a spindle whorl that has two different densities (and weights) of wood which can occur naturally, and cause the spindle to wobble. He carefully drills and insets just the right amount of brass rod as a counterbalance to evenly distribute the weight. He has decorated the resulting brass dot as a sun symbol, paying homage to the Navajo people who are famous for their fiber spinning and weaving skills.


Myrtlewood and Hickory Tibetan Support Spindle

This beautiful Tibetan support spindle weights 1.1 ounces (30 grams). The hickory shaft measures 10 1/2 inches in length, and the whorl, which measures about 1 1/4 inches in diameter, is crafted from myrtlewood.  Click here to see additional photos of this tool.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Carved Moose Antler and East Indian Rosewood Rim Weighted Top Whorl Drop Spindle


**Due to export restrictions of wildlife materials, we cannot ship products crafted from antler outside of the U.S.**

This unique 1.1 ounce moose antler rim weighted top whorl drop spindle has been intricately carved by Dave with his signature leaf motif. The notched whorl measures 1 5/8 inches in diameter, and the East Indian rosewood shaft is 7 1/4 inches in length. The end of the shaft has been shaped to accommodate a half hitch and a brass hook has been added to the top.  Additional photos can be seen here.

**Moose antlers are naturally shed each year, so no moose were harmed to create this spindle.**

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Brass Picot Gauge Set with Thuya Burl Case

This unique set of brass picot gauges is a Grizzly Mountain Arts original design! The entire set telescopes inside each other and then slides neatly into the thuya burl gauge case. The four size increments are: 1/4, 3/16, 1/8 and 1/16. Also included is a 2 inch brass ruler.  Additional photos can be viewed in our Etsy shop.

Brass Picot Gauge Set with Myrtlewood Burl Case©

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Druid's Egg Tagua Nut and Hickory Bead Whorl Support Spindle with Figured Maple Support Bowl

This matching set of handspinning tools includes a vegan ivory tagua nut Druid's egg support spindle and a ceramic and figured maple spinning bowl. Please note that the tagua nut Druid's Egg cannot be turned while mounted on the shaft, therefore each spindle may have a slight wobble.

The tagua nut, also known as vegetable ivory, was beautifully carved by Dave to represent a Druid's Egg. He has crafted the 9 1/2 inch long shaft from hickory, and adorned it with a ring of turquoise. The weight of this supported bead whorl spindle is 1.1 ounces (29g).

Our originally designed support spinning bowl combines the efficiency of a ceramic surface with the stability of a wide beautiful wooden base. The ceramic bowl measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and the gorgeous figured maple wooden 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.



Saturday, April 16, 2011

Cocobolo and Hickory Pear Takli Spindle

Cocobolo and hickory are the woods used by Dave to make this beautiful pear whorl Takli spindle.  A brass hook was added to the top, allowing for use as either a drop spindle or supported spindle.  The weight of this handspinning tool is 1.3 ounces.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Rim Weighted Cocobolo and Pau Ferro Top Whorl Drop Spindle

Dave has crafted the 2 1/2 inch diameter notched whorl of this rim weighted top whorl drop spindle from cocobolo, and the 9 inch shaft from pau ferro. A brass hook has been added to the top.   The weight of this beautiful rim weighted handspinning tool is 1.4 ounces.  Additional photos can be seen at the Etsy listing for this spindle.


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

5 Pin French Spool Knitters with Buffalo Bone Loop Lifters

Three new 5 pin French spool knitters were added to our Grizzly Mountain Arts Etsy shop today.  From left to right, the materials used are:

*5 Pin Dark Pistachio French Spool Knitter with Fossil Mammoth Ivory Inlay and Buffalo Bone Loop Lifter with Peridot, Garnet and Fresh Water Pearls

*5 Pin East Indian Rosewood French Spool Knitter with Fossil Mammoth Ivory Inlay and Buffalo Bone Loop Lifter with Swarovski Crystals and Swarovski Pearls

*5 Pin Maple Burl French Spool Knitter and Buffalo Bone Loop Lifter with Swarovski Pearls, Swarovski Crystals and Czech Fire Polished Glass

Please visit our Etsy shop to view additional photos of these exquisite handmade fiber art tools made by Dave Stanbrough.






Saturday, April 09, 2011

Oregon Myrtlewood and Chechen Rim Weighted Top Whorl Spindle

This 1.0 ounce rim weighted top whorl drop spindle was crafted by Dave.  The whorl is Oregon myrtlewood and the shaft is chechen.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

New French Spool Knitters

We have added new French spool knitters to our Etsy shop!  We have added new French spool knitters to our Etsy shop!  These include:


Each of these spool knitters comes with a spangled buffalo bone loop lifter. 

Sunday, April 03, 2011

Ambrosia Maple Mini Tibetan Support Spindles with Matching Bowls

This is a new item and wood for Grizzly Mountain Arts!  Each ambrosia maple set is unique and one-of-a-kind.  Unlike spalted maple, which exhibits patterns caused by fungi often softening the wood making it "punky", the unique patterns found in ambrosia maple are caused by boring insects which often leave holes, channels and uniquely colored tracks throughout the wood.  The holes and voids found in some pieces allow for the artistic inlay of materials such as turquoise, brass, copper and silver.

Accompanying each spindle, is one of our originally designed support spinning bowls that combines the efficiency of a ceramic surface with the stability of a wide beautiful wooden base. The ceramic insert measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and the gorgeous ambrosia maple base is 2 3/4 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height.

All of the sets shown above have been sold.

Oregon Myrtlewood Tibetan Support Spindle and Spinning Bowl

This Tibetan style supported spindle was crafted by Dave from Oregon myrtlewood.  The matching support spinning bowl is also myrtlewood.  Both the spindle and bowl feature Dave signature pyrographed leaf motif.


Tiger Maple Tibetan Lite Support Spindle with Wormy Maple Spinning Bowl

This beautiful little "Tibetan Lite" support spindle weights 1.0 ounces (28 grams). The hickory shaft measures about 10 1/2 inches in length and the whorl, which is crafted from tiger maple, measures about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

Accompanying this spindle, is a variation of our originally designed support spinning bowl that combines the efficiency of a ceramic surface with the stability of a wide beautiful wooden base. While it still features our wide base and ceramic insert, this bowl has been raised with a short decorative spindle. The ceramic insert measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and the gorgeous wormy maple base is 2 3/4 inches in diameter and 2 3/4 inches in height. Cork has been added to the bottom of this bowl to keep the wood from scratching other hard surfaces.