Large Walnut Supported Lace Spindle

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Project by Lisa Chan posted 1647 days ago 2150 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a large Walnut supported lace spindle. This spindle is similar in design and use to Russian support spindles. These spindles can spin yarn so fine that when it is knit up into a full sized shawl, it can pass through a wedding ring… or so the story goes.

Yesterday, we took a trip to Crosscuts (Seattle, WA) and I picked up some rough Walnut and Jatoba. The sales guy said this was the nicest lot of Walnut they’d had in for a long time. After, my friends chopped everything up into manageable blanks and now there’s nothing to do but enjoy making sawdust.

Sourcing wood in the Seattle area has been challenging. We only have Rockler, Woodcraft, and Crosscut… that I’m aware of. I wish I could find more local resources. Makes a good case for joining my local woodturner’s guild. Personally, I would like a source on certified managed forest domestic hardwoods from Washington state.

Anyhoo… the shaping of this spindle is my own signature. It looks like a paintbrush or a dart. I have kept the ornamentation to the absolute minimum because I’m most interested in seeing the character of the wood itself. Also, there’s less places for fiber (wool, whatever) to get caught up and tangled.

Wood: Walnut, 2×12 blank
Time: 1.2 hrs at the lathe. 1 hour of hand polishing from 1500-12000 micromesh.
Finish: Orange oil and Beeswax

I tested it out and the balance is superb. Someone will snatch this up before the week is out.

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#1 posted 1647 days ago

Looks real nice Lisa.

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Lisa Chan

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#2 posted 1647 days ago

Thanks JIM!

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#3 posted 1647 days ago

love the walnut look… very smooth, nicely done…

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#4 posted 1647 days ago

Nice work. Lisa, there is another one right there by Corsscut called Compton Lumber, I believe.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 1647 days ago

very nice looking, you did a great job
have you looked into craft supply i get a lot of my daughters turning supplies there here is a link
i know they sell blanks that size price is not bad ether

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#6 posted 1647 days ago

Very nice turning. Love that walnut it sure looks nice turned. I will have to try some on some turning projects.

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#7 posted 1647 days ago

Thats a very pleasing design. Did you make them for yourself?

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#8 posted 1647 days ago

I don´t know nothing of the stoff you are doing with it but it´s a D…. fine needle :—)

great job on that


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#9 posted 1646 days ago

Fantastic Lisa. You have deffinately gotten that turning down. Doing a wonderfull job.

Keep it up.


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

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#10 posted 1632 days ago

Thanks everybody!

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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