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« on: November 13, 2007 08:15:16 AM »

I've read the threads about recommended spindles for beginners, but I'm just wondering about these two specific spindles:

the Ashford student spindle ($6.95) and the Ashford classic spindle ($15)
http://www.woolery.com/Pages/dropspinfr.html#ashford

I noticed that it seems to be the consensus that it's better for a beginner to have a heavier spindle (about 2 oz), but these are 2.8 and 2.75. Is it possible they're too heavy? And the whorl on the classic spindle is 4", which also seems a lot larger than usual.

I really want to buy a decent spindle that will be forgiving to a beginner, so which do you think would be better? Or if you have a different recommendation, that'd be great too.  Thanks!!
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2007 08:28:08 AM »

I'd go for the student spindle because you don't yet know if you like top or bottom whorls better and this will allow you to try it both ways.
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« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2007 08:33:08 AM »

Just an FYI.  You can turn ANY top whorl spindle into a bottom whorl spindle by screwing a hook in the bottom of the shaft.  That's what I did with mine.  I personally would recommend a Schacht spindle.  It's what I started on, and I love it.
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« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2007 10:14:04 AM »

thanks for your help! That's really good to know about changing a top whorl spindle into a bottom whorl. I'll check out Schacht.
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« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2007 01:09:01 PM »

I started out with a Schact hi-lo spindle, which can be used as either a top or bottom whorl spindle without any modifications. I found it to be really easy to learn on, and I still spin with it a lot even though I have a wheel now. I have the medium-sized one with a 3" whorl - I think they make bigger & smaller sizes, but I've found those to be harder to use.
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« Reply #5 on: November 14, 2007 05:54:20 AM »

I like a bottom whorl, but without a hook on the top.  Do you think I can jsut turn a top-whorl spindle upside down?
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2007 09:19:54 AM »

I don't use a hook on my spindles, just a groove ...

these are ones my DH made:

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