Friday, June 17, 2011

0.8 Ounce Wormy Maple Top Whorl Drop Spindle

Dave has crafted the 2 7/8 inch diameter notched whorl of this top whorl drop spindle from wormy maple, and the 9 inch shaft from walnut. A brass hook has been added to the top.  The weight of this beautiful handspinning tool is 0.8 ounces.  Additional photos can be viewed in our Etsy shop.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Ambrosia Maple Support Spinning Bowls

Our originally designed support spinning bowls combine 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 twice turned ambrosia maple base is 2 3/4 inches in diameter and 2 inches in height. Cork has been added to the bottom of this bowl to keep the wood from scratching other hard surfaces.

**What is twice turned wood?**

Some of the woods that Dave uses, such as this ambrosia maple, can only be found green or "wet".  Green or "wet" wood has to be dried before it is used, otherwise the finished project would warp, crack or check.  Since Dave doesn't have a wood kiln to dry these woods, he cuts the wood to size and turns it once to get the desired shape.  He then sets it aside for months to allow the moisture to escape.  Once he has determined that all of the moisture is gone, he then turns the piece again which results in the finished project.




Wednesday, June 08, 2011

1.0 oz. Bubinga Tibetan Support Spindle with Matching Bowl

This beautiful little Tibetan support spindle weights 1.0 ounces (28 grams). The hickory shaft measures about 11 inches in length and the whorl, which is crafted from bubinga, measures about 2 inches in diameter.

Accompanying this 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 bubinga base is 3 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 bubinga and ceramic support spinning bowl will be one of a kind.

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

New Carved Moose Antler Spindles

Four new moose antler spindles carved by Dave, were listed in our Etsy shop today.  One is a beautiful bottom whorl drop spindle, and the other three are rim weighted top whorl drop spindles.  Each of these feature Dave's signature leaf motif carved into the moose antler whorls.  The woods used on these spindles are from left to right:



New Top Whorl Drop Spindles

We have added five new top whorl drop spindles to our Etsy shop today.  The woods use by Dave to craft these beautiful spindles are from left to right: