Large Walnut Supported Lace Spindle

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Project by Lisa Chan posted 01-27-2010 06:56 AM 3260 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 01-27-2010 06:58 AM

Looks real nice Lisa.

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#2 posted 01-27-2010 06:59 AM

Thanks JIM!

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#3 posted 01-27-2010 07:37 AM

love the walnut look… very smooth, nicely done…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#4 posted 01-27-2010 08:15 AM

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

-- Bob in WW ~ "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 01-27-2010 03:47 PM

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 01-27-2010 06:16 PM

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 01-27-2010 06:55 PM

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

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#8 posted 01-27-2010 11:34 PM

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 01-28-2010 08:21 AM

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

Keep it up.


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#10 posted 02-11-2010 09:17 PM

Thanks everybody!

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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