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Hybrid Z and S twist reversible drop spindle, double spiral flute, laceweight MADE TO ORDER

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This beautiful laceweight reversible drop spindle design will please the connossieur. The spindle of this heirloom quality item is made in Australian bowyakka, an acacia that is very hard, dark and strong. It takes a very smooth silky polish. The whorl is turned from mulga, another Australian wood that has a lustrous deep brown grain, again a gorgeous smooth wood with lovely grain. The larger diameter section of the spindle is reinforced with a button shaped disc of eucalyptus burl. This design is usually made to order - please note that each individual spindle may differ a little in the detail of turning but the woods used, general style and pattern and the weight are as advertised. Your spindle will resemble the photos closely.

The spindles feature my own design of spiral groove, or flute, to hold the wool (see photos). Holding the base of the spindle, simply twist it 3-5 times and the wool runs up the spindle. As it reaches the end, the wool drops easily into the spiral which is designed so that wool hangs directly in line with the axis of the spindle. Now you are ready to spin! This is an extremely quick, reliable and easy way to secure your wool for each spin - no more half hitches and fiddling!

This model has a spiral flute on both ends of the shaft, so that you can use it just as well as a low whorl or high whorl style.The whorl is notched to ease use as a top whorl style. If you are using the spindle as low whorl, start by simply attaching a short yarn leader to the shaft just above the whorl using a double half hitch.

As in stock and illustrated this spindle is set up to spin Z-twist when used as a top whorl spindle, and S-twist when used as a bottom whorl. To clarify this, S-twist is produced when, looking down on top of the whorl, you spin it ANTI clockwise. Thus you could use the spindle as a low whorl and spin your singles on it, then turn it the other way up and ply with it spinning the other direction, used as a top whorl.

If you prefer the Z twist spiral to use it as top whorl and the S twist to use it as bottom whorl please add a note with your order.

The spindles are polished with a high shine French polish and a final gloss of carnauba wax adds durability. All my spindles are tested before despatch.

This spindle style has a good spin and excellent balance. Dimensions - whorl diameter approx 58mm, (2.36 in), spindle length overall 225 mm, (9 in), weight 20 to 25 grams (0.7 to 0.9 oz approx).

Hybrid Z and S twist reversible drop spindle, double spiral flute, laceweight MADE TO ORDER


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  • Materials: bowyakka, mulga, burl eucalyptus
  • Ships worldwide from Australia
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