There's a lot of story here, and it won't make as much sense without it...
I started spinning Saturday, and decided I must have a nostepinde and a niddy noddy. I also happen to be broke. So, remembering all those lovely Woodwright's Shop episodes on PBS, I decided to make one. But I couldn't find instructions.
By golly, I thought to myself, it's just a chunk of round smooth wood. A stick would work! So outside (at 9 pm!) I go, flashlight in hand. I realize that dead wood wouldn't give up the bark easily, so I start looking at live branches. Found one about as thick as my thumb, oak, and not too gnarled. Learned a hoe is not a good impromptu axe, got the old scout hatchet, and hacked it off.
Then I used the hatchet to strip the bark, lower the knot at the narrow end, and do most of the smoothing. Got some sandpaper and a scrubby cloth from the kitchen to finish it, then the stain for my swift (that was used to do the oak flooring in my mom's house!)
Before staining I used it with some horrible pseudo suede yarn I had. It's almost a cake! I'm going to add another coat of stain to it tomorrow, and it will be done.
It's just a stick, but I'm really proud of the thing. It works, and most importantly, I came up with the method on my own.
Although it would double nicely as a wand for Harry Potter....
Sideways picture of the notsepinnde (can I really call it that?
) and the yarn I wound.
ETA: The spur at the bottom is where I'm holding it while I stain it. I'll remove that later. All I want now is something to make a nice handle. Not sure what, though.
Edit the second : I decided to make a bit of a tute for this....
Final length : 16" (about 41 cm)
Tip circumfrence : 1.5" (4cm)
base circ: 2" ( 5cm)
Cut a mostly straight branch straight off a tree. Look for one with as few things comming off as possible. remove all the bark, exposing the white inside. Sand with a medium sandpaper, then sand again with a green scrubbie from the kitchen (mine was scotch brite). New is rougher, used is fine too.
Run your hand over it to see if it feels smooth enough. if not, back to sandpaper! If there are any lerge knots, you'll want to sand those down, and round the sides where the knot was.
Test it! Try to use something like the suede stuff that doesn't catch. Right now, we want to see if there are any knots we missed. If that comes off, then try with a regular yarn, looking for any rough spots.
Leave as is, or stain it. I'm using an oil based stain with a yellow sponge (again, from my kitchen) and 20 year old stain.Go outside! It's stinky and messy. Mix stain really well, get some gloves, dip the sponge in and wipe it in long, smooth strokes. Let the stain sit a little bit, then wipe off with a paper towel. Restain in 4 hours (minimum - weve got high humidity here, so I let it sit overnight).
Cheap, quick and lazy.