Closer to Traditional Russian Spindle

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Project by Lisa Chan posted 1767 days ago 2580 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m getting closer.

The traditional Russian spindle has a pointier whorl (the bottom bit) shaped like an arrow. And the whole spindle should probably be even more slender. Also, the traditional Russian woods are lighter… like birch.

This particular spindle spins like a dream… fast, true, and for a long time. I think this is the most beautiful and well balanced spindle I have made to date.

Wood is Mexican Bocote. Length is about 10 inches. Weight is 1.75 oz. Finish is light mineral oil.

Target weight for next spindle is 1.25-1 oz and the wood will be Birch.

I am very happy with this project and will continue to experiment with Russian spindles.

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6 comments so far

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#1 posted 1767 days ago

Nice work! It looks like it could be useful in a lot of ways.

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#2 posted 1767 days ago

Nothing feels as good as making your own tools to make more things. Did you get the measurements of the spindle from somewhere or did you just went with the flow? Both ways, it looks great. I’m thinking the Russians must have came up with a proportion that would optimize the way it spins.

-- Thuan

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#3 posted 1767 days ago

Love that wood grain, there is nothing prettier than natures splendor or more satisfying than when we are able and blessed enough to unleash a small portion of it…

-- "The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should be a Store, Not a Govt. Agency"

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#4 posted 1767 days ago

Beautifull piece. Love the grain on that wood. Allways nice to make your own tools.

Great job. Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 1767 days ago

Beautiful Lisa. How is it used? Do you have a picture of it in action?

-- Pete - "To every thing there is a season Turn! Turn! turn!" [Ecclesiastes and Pete Seeger]

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#6 posted 1766 days ago

It’s very beautiful.

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