Monday, May 06, 2013

Spalted Maple and Walnut Lightweight Top Whorl Drop Spindle

Dave has crafted the 2 1/2 inch diameter notched whorl of this top whorl drop spindle from spalted maple, and the 10 1/2 inch shaft from walnut. A brass hook has been added to the top.  The weight of this beautiful handspinning tool is 0.8 ounces (23 grams).

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.