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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.