Ha wow now that I look at it, it does look like there's a shadow^^ Omg, kestrel, you have no idea how simple making a spindle really is! I'm soo glad you asked this question. I got the info to make one at this site: http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/make-dropspin.shtml
I also sanded the base and whorl a bit before putting it all together so my fiber won't snag. Any craft store like Michaels or Hobby Lobby will have what you need. Also I suggest getting the long, uncut dowels because when I got the pre-cut ones, it was too small and my car wheel slipped right off, a good spindle should have a whorl that fits snug on the base. You should also check out the rest of that site. It has great information for beginner spinners.