Seeking information on which lathe and accessories for creating drop spindles

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Forum topic by Tony Ennis posted 12-25-2010 05:44 AM 2681 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Tony Ennis

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12-25-2010 05:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: drop spindle lathe

My wife and I are investigating the tools required to turn drop spindles. Drop spindles are an ancient tool used to spin fiber into yarn.

In the simplest form, they are a shaft and a whorl AKA flywheel.

The shafts of course can have beads and so forth. And the whorls are sometimes flat disks and other times ‘bowled’ to reduce their overall weight while maintaining weight at the rim. Nice drop spindles are made of exotic woods. My wife has several drop spindles made from ebony, rosewood, zebrawood, and various burls. Shafts are up to maybe a foot long. The whorls, perhaps 3” in diameter.

I’m trying to determine the appropriate lathe and tooling for making these. Any advice would be appreciated.

-- Tony

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#1 posted 12-25-2010 05:50 AM

Lisa makes something like this.

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

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