Monday, December 10, 2012

Carved Moose Antler and Jatoba Tibetan Support Spindle with African Mahogany Support Spinning Bowl


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

This exquisite 1.0 ounce (28 grams) moose antler Tibetan support spindle has been intricately carved by Dave with his signature rose motif. The whorl measures 1 3/8 inches in diameter, and the jatoba shaft is 10 inches in length.

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 African mahogany 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.

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



Brass Picot Gauge Set with Holy Land Olive Wood 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 Holy Land olive wood gauge case. The four size increments are: 1/4, 3/16, 1/8 and 1/16. Also included is a 2 inch brass ruler. A certificate of authenticity for the Holy Land olive wood will be included with this picot gauge set.  Additional photos can be found in our Etsy shop.





Sunday, December 09, 2012

Wood Spirit of Oregonia E-Z Grip Size H 5mm Crochet Hook


Dave has hand carved the wise old "Wood Spirit of Oregonia" from Oregon myrtlewood. Birch was the wood chosen to complete this beautiful size H, 5.00 mm e-z grip hook. The length of this unique fiber art tool is 6 inches.  Additional photos can be seen in our Etsy shop.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

DIY Poplar and Birch Top Whorl Spindle


Here is your opportunity to put your own spin on making a one of a kind spindle for yourself or as a gift or resale. Why waste time and money on wooden toy wheels, crooked dowel rods, coffee cup hooks and split shafts? 

Dave has professionally crafted this DYI top whorl spindle complete with a 1 7/8 inch poplar whorl and a 9 1/2 inch birch shaft (8 inches below the whorl), brass hook and a notch in the 3 o'clock position. The whorl has been sealed and sanded smooth ready to paint (do not stain since the wood has been sealed). The birch shaft has already been finished with polish. Of course you don't have to paint it if you don't want to. Just wax the whorl and off you go. 

This spindle weighs 0.7 oz (21 grams) and can be found in our Etsy shop.



Friday, December 07, 2012

Lightweight Ash Phang Support Spindle with Mini Ceramic Spinning Bowl


The 9 1/2 inch phang support spindle included with this set was crafted from ash. It has been adorned with Dave's signature pyrographed leaf motif. This beautiful handspinning tool weights 0.8 ounces (23 grams). This lightweight phang is a little longer than our standard travel size phang.  Also included with this set is a mini hand glazed ceramic spinning bowl that travels securely in it's faux suede pouch.  Additional photos of these beautiful handspinning tools can be found at the Etsy.com listing.

Thursday, December 06, 2012

New Mini Tibetan Support Spindle Travel Sets


Seven new mini Tibetan support spindle travel sets were listed in our Etsy shop today.  The woods used for the whorls of these beautiful handspinning tools are canarywood, padauk, bubinga, ambrosia maple, hormigo negro, Swiss pear and East Indian rosewood.  If you'd like to view more photos of these support spindles, please visit our Etsy.com shop.

Saturday, December 01, 2012



Four new embroidery laying tools, also called stilettos, were listed in our Etsy shop today.  The woods used by Dave are goncalo alves, jatoba, mesquite and chechen.







New Crochet Hook Sets


Two new crochet hook sets were listed in our Etsy shop today.  Dave has crafted the set above to resemble Russian support spindles.  The set below features E-Z grip handles for using overhand.  Both sets come in sizes H (5mm), I (5.5mm), J (6mm) and K (6.5mm).  Additional photos can be found in our Etsy shop.


Juniper, Walnut and Poplar Carved Wood Spirit Nostepinde Yarn Ball Winder



This 11 inches long and 7/8 diameter "Wood Spirit" nostepinde has been lovingly crafted by Dave from a variety of woods. Juniper was used for the carved Wood Spirit, and walnut and poplar completes this yarn ball winder.



Friday, November 16, 2012

New Mini Support Spindle Travel Sets






These five colorful mini support spindle travel sets were listed in our Etsy.com shop today.  Each spindle set contains a mini ceramic spindle bowl.  A velvet pouch is provided to protect your ceramic spinning bowl.



Sunday, November 11, 2012

Mini Moose Antler Tibetan Travel Set


Dave has crafted the 1 1/4 inch whorl of this stunning little support spindle from moose antler. He has chosen jatoba as the wood for the 8 1/4 inch shaft. The weight of this spindle is 0.9 ounces or 26 grams.  Accompanying this little beauty is a mini ceramic spinning bowl which has been decorated, with glaze, by hand. A velvet bag is included to store your bowl when it's not in use.  Additional photos can be seen in our Etsy shop.

Moose antlers are shed naturally, so no animals were injured to make this spindle.


Tiger Maple and Jatoba Pear Whorl Support Spindle


Tiger maple was the wood chosen by Dave for the gorgeous 1 1/2 inch pear style whorl of this support spindle. He has also adorned it with his signature pyrographic leaf motif. The 10 1/2 inch shaft was made from jatoba. The weight of this beautiful handspinning tool is 0.8 ounces or 23 grams.  Additional photos can be seen in our Etsy shop.


Mini Swiss Pear and Hard Maple Pear Style Whorl Support Spindle Travel Set


The 1 1/8 inch pear style whorl of this mini support spindle was crafted from Swiss pear, and the 8 1/4 inch shaft from hard maple. The whorl features Dave's signature pyrographed leaf motif. The weight of this beautiful spindle is 0.5 oz. (15 grams). Also included with this set is a mini hand glazed ceramic spinning bowl which travels securely in it's velvet pouch.  Additional photos can be seen at the listing for this handspinning tool in our Etsy shop.


Mini Silver Maple Phang Support Spindle Travel Set


The 8 1/4 inch mini phang support spindle included with this set was crafted from silver maple. It has been adorned with Dave's signature pyrographed leaf motif. This beautiful handspinning tool weights 0.8 ounces (22 grams). Also included with this set is a mini hand glazed ceramic spinning bowl that travels securely in it's velvet pouch.  Additional photos can be seen at the Etsy listing for this handspinning tool.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

New Pear Whorl Tahkli Drop Spindles


It's been a couple of years since Dave made pear whorl Tahkli drop spindles.   Our previous Tahklis were designed to be used as either a support spindle or a drop spindle, but after several of our loyal patrons asked to have one that was exclusively a drop spindle, Dave was happy to oblige.  The woods used in the pear style whorls of these handspinning tools are spalted golden pheasant wood, Oregon myrtlewood, pau ferro, redheart and Pacific yew.  Additional photos can be seen of all these beautiful drop spindles in our Etsy shop.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Mini Moose Antler Tibetan Support Spindle Travel Set



Dave has crafted the 1 3/8 inch whorl of this stunning little support spindle from moose antler. He has chosen jatoba as the wood for the 8 1/4 inch shaft. The weight of this spindle is 0.8 ounces or 24 grams.  Accompanying this little beauty is a mini ceramic spinning bowl which has been decorated, with glaze, by hand. A velvet bag is included to store your bowl when it's not in use.  You can find more photos of this beautiful handspinning tool in our Etsy shop.

Moose antlers are shed naturally, so no moose were injured to make this spindle.



Wednesday, November 07, 2012

New Spindles on Etsy.com



We took a road trip to visit family this month, so it's been a while since new handspinning tools were listed for sale in our Etsy shop.  As you can see in the photos, Dave has been busy in his studio.  The four drop spindles above were crafted from colorwood and birch.  They are all a nice weight for plying.


These six bottom whorl spindles are Dave's newest modified Andean/Peruvian reproduction drop spindles.  The original Andean spindle reproductions were basic no frills drop spindles with a shaped top to accommodate a half hitch and spinning was more or less off one side. They were intended to be a primitive design. Some customers had problems using the spindle with only the shaped end and wanted a better way to hold the yarn. A brass hook could have been added, but that really moves it away from being an Andean and more of a common bottom whorl suspended spindle. 



In lieu of a hook, Dave has hand carved a T Notch (aka notch and slot) at the top of the shaft. Now your half hitch is held securely, and you can also spin in center line with the shaft.














Last, but certainly not least, are the four new mini Tibetan support spindle travel sets seen below.The woods used to craft the whorls are redheart, bubinga, chechen and cocobolo.


Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Ebony and Fossil Mammoth Ivory Mini Phang Support Spindle



This 8 inch mini phang support spindle  was crafted from ebony. It has been inlayed with fossil mammoth ivory. This beautiful handspinning tool weights 1.6 ounces (44 grams).

**What is fossil ivory?**

Fossil ivory is ancient ivory whose composition has changed from ivory to mineral. Care should be taken to distinguish fossil ivory from recent ivory which has yellowed or discolored. Fossil ivory (including walrus, mammoth and mastodon) and other archaeological and paleontological materials are regulated by an array of Federal and State laws. These items may not be collected on any Federal or
State lands. Fossil ivory may be collected on private lands with the permission of the land owner, and is not regulated under the Marine Mammals Protection Act. Fossil ivory does not have to be tagged or registered. Anyone may sell fossil ivory without first handcrafting it.

**Where do we get our fossil ivory?**

Ancient walrus and mammoth tusks are dug out of the permafrost or bone mounds by Alaskan and Siberian natives annually during the summer thaw and sold to subsidize their family or village income. We buy our ancient walrus ivory shards from ivory buyers that travel to the St. Lawrence Island area to buy from the ivory co-ops.

**Learn more about fossil ivory**

If you would like to learn more about fossil ivory, please visit the link below:
http://alaska.fws.gov/fisheries/mmm/qa_sub_harvest.htm


"Fresh" ivory and elephant ivory will never be used in any of the artwork created by Grizzly Mountain Arts.

New Embroidery Stilettos



Two new embroidery stilettos, or laying tools, were listed in our Etsy shop today.  The woods used are purpleheart and leopardwood.

Golden Oregon Myrtlewood Burl Top Whorl Drop Spindles



Gorgeous doesn't begin to describe the golden Oregon myrtlewood burl that Dave used for these new top whorl drop spindles!  Each has a rich golden color and amazing grain patterns.  The shafts used for these beautiful handspinning tools are jatoba, ebony and purpleheart.  Additional photos can be seen in our Etsy shop.

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Brass Picot Gauge Set with Oregon Myrtlewood 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 Oregon myrtlewood 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.

Brass Picot Gauge Set with Oregon Myrtlewood Burl Case©

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

New Bone Laying Tools with Wood Cases



Three new bone laying tools, or stilettos, have been listed in our Etsy shop today.  The woods Dave chose for the cases are Oregon myrtlewood burl, stunning tiger maple (an incredible amount of chatoyancy) and a beautiful joined wood.  Additional photos of each set can be found by clicking the links above.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Oregon Myrtlewood and Poplar Mushroom French Spool Knitters with Pyrography and Loop Lifters


These beautiful mushroom French spool knitters were crafted by Dave from Oregon myrtlewood and poplar. He has inset brass pins into the top of each.  Dave has accented these spool knitters with pyrography (burn etching). The matching loop lifter was crafted from birch and brass.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Tatting Needle Sets with Hand Turned Cases


This is a new item for Grizzly Mountain Arts!  Dave has turned these beautiful 5 3/4" tatting needle cases from myrtlewood burl and birdseye maple. The 5" long Handy Hands tatting needles included with these sets are #8, #7, #5-0 and #3-0. A needle threader is also included with each set.  Additional photos can be seen by clicking the links above.


Sunday, September 23, 2012

New Tatting Picot Gauge Sets




These unique brass picot gauge sets are a Grizzly Mountain Arts original design! The entire set telescopes inside each other and then slides neatly into the picot gauge case. The four size increments are: 1/4, 3/16, 1/8 and 1/16. Also included is a 2 inch brass ruler.  The woods used above are Holy Land olive wood, thuya burl, Oregon myrtlewood, cocobolo and spalted maple.

Brass Picot Gauge Set with Wooden Case©

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Mini Tibetan Support Spindle Travel Sets


Five new mini Tibetan support spindle travel sets were listed for sale in our Etsy shop this morning.  These little beauties are perfect for lace weight and other fine, lightweight fibers.  The woods used for the whorls are ambrosia maple, bloodwood, chechen, canary wood and apricot.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Native American Design Hard Maple Support Spindle Bowl


Our support spinning bowls combine the efficiency of a ceramic surface with the stability of a wide beautiful wooden base (this is a Grizzly Mountain Arts original design). The ceramic insert measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and the gorgeous hard maple base is approximately 3 inches in diameter and 1 7/8 inches in height. Dave has adorned this bowl with a pyrographic Native American design and blue acrylic dots. The ceramic spinning bowl inserts were decorated by hand with accent glazes and kiln fired. Cork has been added to the bottom of this bowl to keep the wood from scratching other hard surfaces. 

Ceramic and Birdseye Maple Lap Support Spinning Bowl


Dave has crafted this beautiful lap support spinning bowl from birdseye maple. The ceramic bowl measures 1 3/4 inches in diameter, and the maple base is approximately 3 inches in diameter and 6 1/2 inches in length. The ceramic spinning bowl inserts were decorated by hand with accent glazes and kiln fired. Cork dots on the bottom keep the wood from scratching your chair.


Mini Ambrosia Maple and Hard Maple Tibetan Support Spindle Travel Set


These little beauties are perfect for lace weight and other fine, lightweight fibers. 

The 1 3/4 inch whorl of this mini Tibetan spindle was crafted from ambrosia maple, and the 8 inch shaft from hard maple. The weight of this beautiful spindle is 0.6 ounces (18 grams).  Also included with this set is one of our handmade mini ceramic spinning bowls that travels securely in it's zippered pouch.



Mini American Cherry French Style Support Spindle Travel Set



The 8 inch mini French style support spindle included with this set was crafted from American cherry. This beautiful handspinning tool weights 0.9 ounces (27 grams).  Also included with this set is a mini ceramic spinning bowl that travels securely in its zippered pouch.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Native American Basket Design Support Spindle with Turquoise Inlay


Dave has crafted this unique Native American inspired 1 1/2" basket whorl from maple. He has adorned the textured whorl with pyrography and inlayed turquoise. The 10 3/4 inch long shaft was crafted from hickory.  The weight of this beautiful support spindle is 1.2 ounces (34 grams).