French spindle

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Project by Lisa Chan posted 03-10-2010 07:19 PM 4061 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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These are examples of what the online spindling community are referring to as French spindles. They are reproductions (with some of my own personal interpretation) of actual antique tools that have been photographed and shared with me.

Unlike drop or supported spindles, the spindle is manipulated primarily in the hand and twisted between thumb and fingers.

The wood on the left is Cherry, and the wood in the right is Hickory. The length is 11 1/2 inches and the total weight is under 2oz.

The wood has been hand polished and finished with orange oil and beeswax. The black decorative bands are burned into the wood.

Total time of creation is about 2 hours per spindle.

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#1 posted 03-10-2010 07:50 PM

Oh boy, more ammo for my mini lathe, and more brownie points for my girl friend.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#2 posted 03-10-2010 07:54 PM

I’ve turned about 8 zillion spindles in my life for furniture parts, but never anything this small and intricate. Good work

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Lisa Chan

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#3 posted 03-10-2010 07:56 PM

HAHAHA Chase. Well, if you run out of time to make them… you can always buy her one from me as a gift. =] I’ve been making them professionally for sale for about a month now. They are very popular with my group of lady friends.

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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#4 posted 03-10-2010 10:19 PM

Hi Lisa,
Nice to see more projects from you… Great looking turnings again (as usual)
How is your newest tool working for you? (the skil band saw)...
Hope all is well with you, looking forward to seeing more of your stuff…

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

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#5 posted 03-11-2010 08:13 AM

Great work Lisa. Glad to see you have really got that lathe down pat. Beautiful spindles.

Keep it up.


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

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