|Project by JohnGreco||posted 02-01-2011 04:39 PM||3696 views||3 times favorited||3 comments|
I made these 2 Turksih drop spindles recently for a customer of mine at their request. To the left is Bloodwood, to the right is Walnut.
The idea behind them that you spin raw fiber, such as wool, into yarn. Then the cross bars let you wind the yarn on making a yarn ball of sorts. Once you’re finished you slide the center spindle out, then the 2 cross bars separate and you have the yarn there all by itself.
The hole in the thicker crossbar that allows the thinner one to slide in place was made first by drilling some holes, followed by a dremel in a plunge router attachment followed by a good deal of hand filing. If I had a mortising attachment this would have probably been a breeze, and I could have just planned the cross bars to be proportional to the mortise.
The Bloodwood weighed about 2 oz and the Walnut weighed about 1.5 oz., both were finished with 3 coats of hand rubbed tung oil.
Thanks for looking!