co7&8 Carved spindles

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Project by thebarof posted 04-30-2011 05:12 PM 1772 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had to make the head larger due to excessive barking and to support the carved swirls. I wonder if I can get it more in balance with the rest of the spindle next time I am able to turn a spindle. It spins well, but it is taking longer for me to like the look of the ‘big head’

The same time it took me to turn and sand the spindle , it took to carve them, figuring the math, plot the spirals, then to start the spiral I used the dermal, to finish the shaping I used various files, then sanding to finish.

Russian Supported Plying Spindle Spiral Head
Barked White Pear
1.1oz/31g 11.75”

Russian Supported Spindle Spiral skirt
.8oz/28g 11.25”
bugged out Milkwood

After doing tons of research and finding a few helpful youtube videos, I finally was able to make the styling of spindle that I have wanted to. I am very pleased with the results.

(A spindle is a hand tool that is used by fiber artists to spin various fibers into yarn, a plying spindle does the same but with two or more singles and plys then together twisting them in the oposite direction to produce a balanced yarn)


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#1 posted 04-30-2011 05:34 PM

love the carved aspect

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 04-30-2011 05:48 PM

Very nice! Those are fun, aren’t they?

-- I still love you baby, but I sure don't want you back... Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

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#3 posted 04-30-2011 07:01 PM

The second one was so much more fun, The first was bit of a headache, and the barking didn’t help any either.


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