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.