Sunday, December 07, 2014

Lightweight Oregon Myrtlewood Burl and Jatoba Top Whorl Drop Spindle

Dave has crafted the 2 1/4 inch diameter notched whorl of this lightweight mini top whorl drop spindle from Oregon myrtlewood burl, and the 9 3/4 inch shaft from jatoba. A brass hook has been added to the top.

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. In addition, he further spin balances each spindle by embedding a counterweight, when needed, in the underside of the whorl.

The weight of this beautiful handspinning tool is 0.8 ounces (25 grams).