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« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2012 04:48:27 PM »

My friend does have a lathe.  I've directed her to this post, but she's more of a lurker on C-ster, if anything.   I've been telling her to make me a spindle for ages, b ut no such luck, just yet....  If there was a tutorial here, I bet she'd use it Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2012 07:19:58 PM »

Blacksmith, those are beautiful!  If I may interject a suggestion (  Cheesy I'll do it any way!)  Make the  shaft longer.

As for those of you who don't have access to a lathe and pretty woods, it's real easy to make a drop spindle that isn't CDs and you only need to know how to not cut yourself with a saw and how to use sandpaper.

Get some wooden car wheels (like the cub scouts use) or are in Tinker Toys (do they still make those??), a small brass cup hook and a dowel rod that fits the wheel.  Cut the rod to the size (about 10-12 inches).  Attach the cup hook to one end.  Decide if you want a top whorl or bottom whorl  and mark its placement on the rod.  If you don't know if you want a top or bottom, mark the center of the rod.  Apply wood glue all around at your mark and slip on the wheel.  I sometimes will put on hot glue to hold the whorl while the wood glue dries.

OR, if you're handy with a drill, find a cool wooden drawer pull and drill out the center.
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« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2012 10:34:24 PM »

Yeah, I can do a quick set of pictures and description on how to do it. Oh yeah, how about a 17 inch long spindle? Think that would be better? I need a better idea of how long to make the spindle.
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« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2012 08:14:58 AM »

Nice wood. I think the most important thing to keep in mind when making a spindle is the weight. The fiber your spinning has to hold up both the weight of the spindle and the yarn you've already spun.  Seems like a lot of people have different preferences otherwise.  Personally I like the spindle to be between 12-16" long and the diameter of the whorl to be around 4" so I can put a lot of yarn on it.
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« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2012 09:32:08 AM »

That looks great!  Grin  Since the spindle is a little longer above the whorl, I would use a shorter hook than on the others.   Nice job.
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« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2012 09:44:40 AM »

Since you haven't attached the hook yet, will this be a top or bottom whorl spindle??
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« Reply #16 on: March 02, 2012 06:35:30 PM »

Done with the first one



I made the ends out of rifle shell casings, they were the right size.
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« Reply #17 on: March 09, 2012 07:57:38 AM »

Your spindles are truly unique.  I know you don't like the idea of selling them, but you should file the idea away for later.  Have you tried one yet?
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« Reply #18 on: March 09, 2012 11:18:49 AM »

Actually I went over to a fiber arts studio yesterday to get some professional advice and opinions on making these, I have actually reworked the one above a good bit as after some discussion and analysis I found and decided that I needed to change some things on it. The ones I took over there went over very well, I'll snap a couple pictures of how this one came out reworked and tweaked after listening to some of the ideas on here and in person there.
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« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2012 03:43:48 PM »

that is cool!
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