Dealgan / Fearsaid | Drop Spindle | Hand Turned | Ash

Dealgan / Fearsaid | Drop Spindle | Hand Turned | Ash



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Our interpretation of a traditional Scottish Dealgan, or Fearsaid (Drop Spindle).

A dealgan (farsadh) is a drop spindle for hand spinning yarn that was traditionally used in the Western Isles of Scotland (and some parts of Canada). Dealgan and farsadh loosely mean "spindle" in Gaelic.

The yarn is wound around the shaft to form the cop like on a nostepinne, giving the added benefit of ending up with a centre pull ball.

Length: 23cm (9")
Diameter at Base: 3.1cm (1 1/4")
Weight: 40g (1.2oz) Approx - will vary

Hand turned in Ash as standard and finished in beeswax. If you'd prefer it in a different wood just convo us and we'll see what we can do.

The weight will vary slightly from piece to piece and will also depend on the type of wood used, such is the nature of wood.


This Dealgan form is based on the findings of Lois Swales (of Missingspindle). Lois has conducted a huge amount of research in to these fascinating whorl-less spindles, and continues to do so.

Detailed Discussions and directions on using "ancient style" spindles are found on her blog:

And don't Forget to Check out her YouTube Channel Videos: Especially the new ones: Spin like you're Scottish and Ply like you're Scottish, which discuss these Gaelic spindles in particular:


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995 reviews 5 out of 5 stars


Caroline Fowler Sep 24, 2019

5 out of 5 stars
Lovely dealgan, thank you!

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Imogen Aug 20, 2019

5 out of 5 stars
I love this spindle. It is beautifully made and perfectly balanced. Thank you.

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Marita Faust Jul 18, 2019

5 out of 5 stars
Super Handspindel. 1A Ware. Top Shop.

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Janet Brown Apr 21, 2019

5 out of 5 stars
Swift delivery - through Customs in a breeze. This has a nice balance, and it's great to create yarn as a center-pull ball. That's a neat trick - cuts out a step as you move on to using the yarn. Good communication with the seller. I highly recommend this vendor and this product.

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