|Project by RusticElements||posted 04-04-2008 09:55 PM||1477 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
My wife spins her own yarn to knit so I thought I’d make her a lap spindle so she could spin while away from the house. I gave it to her for our anniversary a couple days ago. She then tells me she doesn’t like drop spindles (a lap spindle is a drop spindle with a stand). Oh well. She then said it was pretty [back peddling] and wanted to keep it anyway.
The spindle is made of left over walnut and spaulted apple for the wheel, ipe on the bottom and a brass braising rod on top. The base is made of a wild black cherry branch that fell in the neighbor’s yard a while back. It’s all finished with furniture wax which makes the ipe shaft spin nicely in the plastic bearings inside the base.
It was a little difficult to do on my small metal lathe with no wood attachments. I’ll have to get a proper wood lathe one of these days.
-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - RusticElementArt.com - SpaceAware.org - AnConn.com