Monday, February 11, 2013

Oregon Myrtlewood Burl, Hard Maple and Box Elder Tibetan Support Spindle

This beautiful support spindle weights 1.2 ounces (33 grams). The hard maple shaft measures about 11 inches in length, and the whorl which was crafted from Oregon myrtlewood burl, measures about 2 inches in diameter. The voids of the burl have been filled with brass. The tip has been crafted from dyed and stabilized box elder.

When constructing his spindles, Dave mounts the spindle whorl blank on the shaft, and then turns and shapes the whorl and shaft together to achieve a well balanced spindle.  Additional photos of this handspinning tool can be found in our Etsy shop.