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Andean Peruvian Reproduction Hard Maple and Walnut Bottom Whorl Plying Spindle

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This is a reproduction of an Andean or Peruvian style spindle. The pyrography is an authentic Pre-Columbian Andean design. Andean spindles are suspended drop spindles with no frills...no hook, no notches and no grooves. They were developed to spin long-staple alpaca and other camelid fibers native to the Andes. Spinning is done off the side using a half hitch.

Dave has made these spindles in the same affordable and basic fashion as the original Andean spindles with one exception--he mounts the spindle whorl blank on the shaft, and then turns and shapes the whorl and shaft together to achieve a well balanced spindle. His reading and research on Andean spindles indicated that the whorls were shaped first and then fitted on a hand shaped (sometimes not too straight) shaft. Dave assumes that one benefit of this is that once a shaft is worn out, the whorl could be removed and fitted to a new shaft, but he just cannot bring himself to make a spindle that wobbles, so these whorls are permanently fixed and balanced.

The 2 1/2 inch diameter bottom whorl of this drop spindle was crafted from hard maple, and the 12 inch shaft is walnut. A brass bumper has been added to the bottom of the shaft. The weight of this spindle is 1.6 ounces or 45 grams.

Andean Peruvian Reproduction Hard Maple and Walnut Bottom Whorl Plying Spindle


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