Spindles #3: It's been a while, but I haven't been unproductive!

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Blog entry by Lisa Chan posted 01-25-2010 07:39 PM 2081 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been doing nothing but perfecting my turning for Russian-style lace spindles. I even experimented with French spindles too.

People have noticed and I have been sending off a freshly turned spindle to a far flung corner of the United States at the rate of about one a week. Between that and teaching classes, I had to go out and get a proper business license and start paying taxes.

I would like to branch out to some other areas as well, but right now my heart is in practicing my turning and experimenting with supported spindles.

From a desire to give something back to others, I met with a woman who manages programs at a local senior citizen’s center and asked her if she might like to open a class for Spindling (making yarn with a wooden spindle). After a demonstration and gift of one of my spindles, she decided she wanted to try and get me into the class catalog. Sometime this spring I’ll be hanging out with a room of women who will all be learning to make yarn on my hand crafted spindles. That excites me and brings together the best of both of my interests… fber arts instruction AND woodworking.

Well, I am neglecting my turning to be here at the computer… so I should get back to it!

Redwood Large Lace Spindle

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 07:47 PM

Well Lisa, you certainly sound like an enterprising person. I like your turning in the photo. Good luck with your endeavors!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 08:44 PM

i really like this, glad to see your being productive with your talent and teaching at a senior center will be back to others is always a great thing…good luck with your business and your spindle’s are beautiful…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 01-25-2010 09:01 PM

Great work, Lisa!!

Senior citizens are so cool to work with! They have an unending thirst for knowledge and the desire to learn new things! I know your class will be a resounding success.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 01-25-2010 09:35 PM

I think your spindles look wonderful. Thanks for sharing them with us.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#5 posted 01-25-2010 09:41 PM

I just went to your blog. I really enjoyed reading about how you make your spindles and your trip to Rockler. I also it that Oliver was included in a picture. Cats are awesome. I think he should get some more press, but that is just me.

-- Brian Meeks,

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#6 posted 01-26-2010 08:23 AM

Glad to here you’ve been busy. Looks like a nice turning in the pic. That bloodwood is outstanding.

Nice to hear of giving back to the community. Allwways good carma.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#7 posted 01-26-2010 08:54 AM

Always great to see your work Lisa! Becoming a business isn’t so hard to do, just keep every receipt & wright off every tool. Even your old stuff. My sister teaches weaving & fiber arts in CO. If you PM me a email I’ll send it to her & you two would have a blast & lot’s of knowledge to share.

-- $tudie

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#8 posted 01-28-2010 10:28 PM

Your spindles have very simple but elegant lines. Very nice. My wife works in a yarn/knitting/spinning shop in Lakewood, WA. She has her own knitting accessories designer/producer (me) working generous part-time hours for her. I do also sell knitting needles in the shop where she works. Are your spindles used similarly to a drop spindle, or off the thigh (I think that’s called “navajo method”)?

-- If you don't have time to do it right, do you have time to do it twice?

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#9 posted 04-03-2010 09:54 PM

Niice turning. Whats the wood?


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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