Handcrafted Spindles, Bowls and Crochet Hooks

Winfield, Pennsylvania · 2399 Sales


Handcrafted Spindles, Bowls and Crochet Hooks

Winfield, Pennsylvania 2399 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Ken and Marilyn Mocker

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Ken and Marilyn Mocker

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The Inspiration behind Silly Salmon Designs

Ken and I are both outdoor people--fly fishing, hiking, gardening--to name a few. Our inspiration and creativity come from our appreciation of the woods, rivers and oceans that we both enjoy. Often on a Sunday morning, we will hike through the woods here in Central Pennsylvania and take pictures of nature's beautiful canvas. God provides us with the materials and inspiration for Ken’s beautiful designs.

Ken is an accomplished wood turner. Initially, he turned Christmas ornaments, vases and candlestick holders, and then at a craft show, a young fiber artist came up to him and asked if he made drop spindles. At the time we didn't know what a drop spindle was. He researched drop spindles, spent hours watching others spin and then designed his first drop spindle. Being a mathematician with an understanding of physics, it wasn't long until he had perfected a beautiful, perfectly balanced drop spindle.

I never get tired of seeing the new spindles he designs, and I never get tired of hearing someone say--it's even more beautiful than the picture. That makes both of us very happy!

It’s impossible to improve upon the natural beauty of God’s work but it is a challenge to enhance the beauty of the wood that we choose. Much of the wood used in Ken’s work is from all parts of the world and it is selected because of the beautiful grain that it exhibits or because of the unique color of the wood. Even though we use these exotic woods, we only purchase them from suppliers who practice sustainable wood production and who abide by the Lacey Act.

Other wood is selected because of its uniqueness—perhaps because it has been attacked by a fungus or an insect that leaves behind another kind of beauty. These woods are often burls from Australia, Southeast Asia or domestic woods like Ambrosia Maple or Bird's Eye Maple.

Finally, we choose to use rescued wood—rescued from a firewood pile, from a friend’s stash—too small for large projects but perfect for a spindle or small bowl, or rescued from a tree that needs removing but can live on in many beautiful drop spindles. And because I like to paint, Ken creates drop spindles from rescued wood for me to finish.

All of the spindles in our shop are made by Ken and the hand painted ones are finished by me.

We also have a second shop, Silly Salmon Crochet. In that shop you will find Ken's beautiful hand turned shawl or scarf pins and rings. These are turned from small pieces of wood--too small to be spindles but perfect to live on as a lovely shawl or scarf pin to adorn your unique creation. You will also find Scarves, Shawls and Baby Afghans hand crocheted by me. I have always loved to crochet and enjoy "painting with yarn".

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Shop members

  • Ken Mocker

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Crafter, Woodturner

    Ken is the inspiration for Silly Salmon Designs. He makes the beautiful handcrafted spindles and bowls for supported spinning. He also makes the hand turned shawl pins and rings for our other shop, Silly Salmon Crochet.

  • Marilyn

    Owner, Curator, Painter, Writer, Shipper, Correspondent

    I love hearing from people--questions about our spindles, general comments on our shop, and special requests for new spindles. I often feel like I have a host of friends on Etsy and I really enjoy hearing from them.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 30, 2018
We are a husband and wife team who delight in creating unique, one of a kind drop spindles, support spindles, bowls for support spinning and ergonomic crochet hooks. We offer individually designed HANDMADE drop spindles and support spindles in domestic and exotic woods, and spindles from vibrantly colored SpectraPly. Ken also makes beautiful drop spindles from Recycled and Rescued Wood.

For beautiful crocheted items visit our sister shop at

We hope you enjoy our shops and appreciate our designs!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Your satisfaction is very important to us. If you are not satisfied with your order and wish to return an item, please contact us within 15 days of your purchase and tell us that you are shipping it back to us. Once we receive the item in its ORIGINAL NEW CONDITION, we will refund your purchase. You may contact us via an Etsy convo, email at sillysalmondesigns [!at] or phone 570-523-1178.
We accept all major credit cards, Etsy Gift Cards and Pay Pal. If you need us to hold something for you until you can check out, please convo us and we will put the item on reserve for you for a short time.
All spindle and bowl orders will be shipped, fully insured, via U.S. Priority Mail with a tracking number and First Class International U.S. Mail (with a U.S. Customs number) for our International customers. All Crochet Hooks are shipped First Class Mail for both domestic and international orders with a tracking number. The shipping charge for each item is found within the listing.
Additional policies and FAQs
INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: We are pleased to sell you our beautiful handcrafted spindles, bowls and crochet hooks, but please note--ALL CUSTOM CHARGES and TAXES are the responsibility of the buyer.

Please convo us through Etsy with any questions or special requests.

Thank you for shopping at Silly Salmon Designs!