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Support Spindle - Ancient Whorl

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This little spindle is intended to be used as a support spindle with the lower tip of the shaft resting in a small bowl in your lap (or on a table if you prefer). They are intended mainly for cotton, but with a little practice you should manage any fibre that you want to spin fine.

The whorl is genuinely ancient, around two thousand years old and made from steatite. These whorls are found all over the Holylands and date from the Roman period of around 1-3rd century CE. The shaft was hand-shaped from hardwood by my husband, then sanded down and polished smooth, so it won't catch on your fibres.

As these are ancient whorls, a few may have small chips or scratches; where these occur they will be clearly shown in the close-up photographs, so please have a good look before you decide to buy. I test twirl all the whorls, and only choose the ones with the best balance for spindles!

The weight is given below, mainly because people expect to see a weight on hand spindles. With a supported spindle the heavier they are the longer and faster they will spin, but the weight doesn't really affect your thread, the fineness and amount of twist is entirely up to you!

The spindle pictured here weighs 12g, the shaft is ramin and is 23.5cm long by 4mm and the whorl measures 28mm diameter by 7mm high.

If you would like to see a support spindle in action please visit the YouTube site using the following url.

Support Spindle - Ancient Whorl


  • Materials: ancient steatite stone whorl, ramin shaft
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  • Ships worldwide from Truro, United Kingdom