|Project by Lisa Chan||posted 01-27-2010 06:56 AM||2750 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
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, http://www.grippingyarn.com