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I love Osage Orange.

Like Cherry, you have to be mindful of bruising and scraping. However, the finish is well worth the care.

This is a supported spindle (original design) intended for creating lace-weight luxury yarns.

The length is 11 1/2 inches in length and it weight 1.2 ounces. Hand polished, and finished with orange oil and beeswax.

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Another great looking supported spindle Lisa… well done… curious how you get the taper perfect everytime…
Let us all know your secret if you dare…
Wisty
 

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Hi Wisty! There are a couple of tapers in there… which one? The tip, the neck, or the shaft?

I use a very large skew and abuse it. I make sure it's really as sharp as I can get it and cut down the neck first (more scraping than cutting). Then I use a Spindlemaster Sorby tool and rough down the shaft and create the taper of the neck.

To get the shaft and neck to an even taper, I alternate between sanding and cutting… I end up sanding a lot. However, because I'm eyeballing each milimeter of removal… the tapering just "happens". Lots of little adjustments which now seem second nature to me… I've made more than 40 of these now.
 

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Hi Lisa…
I tried making a couple of turning similar to yours (just for fun while a glue up was drying) and found the long taper was the hardest to create… the neck seemed very easy as did the head piece… I just have to find a better way to support the turning in the center as I take it down in diameter… currently it ends up "wobbling" around a lot causing my tools to gouge into it once in a while…
anyways, always a pleasure to see what your up to…
Take care and keep turning… looking forward to your next creation…
Wisty
 

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can see your doing your magic lisa…very nice turning…
 

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Lisa:
Is this called a supported spindle because it's supported during the turning or is there another reason?
 

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Another great spindle Lisa. It is strange that when you get the hang of something (the taper) It SEEMS easy to do, but hard to explain. When I try and show people how I turn something they are all confused. haha (glad I have this site where you know what I mean)haha

Keep up the great work.

Scrappy
 

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Someday I will get a lathe and know what you are talking about… LOL. It does indeed look hard to do.
 

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nice work
 

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Very nice turning and perfect tapers : )
 
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