Drop Spindles

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Project by SpindleMaker posted 05-16-2014 03:49 AM 1976 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have a Fiber Arts Fair this weekend so we have been busy making the wood tools that are used in spinning, weaving, knitting, etc. These are three examples of our drop spindles. This is just about the oldest tool known to be used by human kind. Archeologists have found stone drop spindles that are over 15,000 years old.

The student spindle on the right is a simple manufactured toy wheel on a dowel shaft with a brass cup hook. The mid-range hard maple and high-end purple heart are turned by us. At the high-end we also do various metal or semi-precious stone inlays. Quite beautiful.

With the resurging interest in fiber arts, we have difficulty keeping up with our local demand for spindles, lazy kates, niddy noddies, spinning wheels, drum carders, and looms. This, along with our yarn and fabric store, give us about all we can handle in our retirement I think that I played more golf when I was employed full time.

Thanks for looking.

-- Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit.

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#1 posted 05-16-2014 02:41 PM

Not sure how they work, I know little about the art of spinning but they are nice looking!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 09-01-2016 08:38 PM

Wow they look lovely. I learned on a drop spindle and yours look super.


-- Peace, NaloMeli

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James E McIntyre

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#3 posted 06-09-2020 09:12 PM

Those are really nice. Congrats on your successful business.

Is there any place I could look to see how these are used?

-- James E McIntyre

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