|Project by Lisa Chan||posted 05-25-2010 06:28 PM||3414 views||2 times favorited||7 comments|
These are 11 1/2 inch spindles made of Osage Orange.
Both spindles are Grippingyarn signature designs which have been successfully marketed and sold to spindlers all over the globe.
Osage Orange wood took me a while to understand. Like Cherry, it can bruise and leave rings or marks if scraped. Having learned from previous turning adventures, I now have a process for approaching Osage Orange that leaves few undesired marks; however, requires patience.
The top piece is called a Rose spindle, it’s a hybrid French/Russian yarn spindle. The spiral groove comes from the French spindle tradition, and the bottom half is Russian. It can spin both heavy yarns (being held in the hand) and fine (being supported on a surface).
The bottom piece is called a supported Russian lace spindle. It specializes in spinning fine and short fibers.
Finished by fine hand polishing system and orange oil/beeswax.
-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories, http://www.grippingyarn.com