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27. April 2011 11:03
by Jobo

Supported Spindles Galore!

27. April 2011 11:03 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Last Christmas, after the delicious meal at my Grandma's house with all of the extended Sonier Family... I spent a little time relaxing and spinning on my Gripping Yarn Russian Spindle.  Several of my Uncles are woodworkers, but one of my uncles in particular, Tim, works on a lathe and does beautiful wood-turning!  He examined my spindle, and thought that he might be able to make another for me from his own materials. 

Well, these are what he came up with!  (Recognize my Walnut Russian in the top left?)  I love the uniqueness and character of both!  Uncle Tim isn't a spinner, but he is definitely a creative woodworker.  He chose some unique woods, and came up with some unique decorative designs for the spindle tips.  Both spindles are nicely finished with tung oil to a semi-glossy satin smooth finish.

support spindles

The Blonde Spindle is made from some sort of Maple (I can't remember if it's spalted or bird's eye) and features some fancy scrollwork instead of a traditional bulb shape.  I haven't weighed her yet, but it feels like it weighs about the same as the 30g walnut does.  I tried just a quick spin with a lock or two of angora,  but she seems to spin nicely.

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The Purple Spindle is made from rich dark Purple Heart - and is quite heavy!  It likely weighs as much as both of the other two put together!  I think it will make a great plying spindle, because of the weight.  I have to sand down the tip of this one again, since it got dropped and the very end broke off.... but I think it will spin much better once that part is fixed.

support spindles 2

My plan is to get some very fine sandpaper sometime this week and hopefully fix that tip, and then do some sample spinning and have some fun playing with my new toys!  It's getting warmer here now that spring has semi-arrived... perfect weather for sitting cross-legged out on the patio with a supported spindle!

10. August 2009 10:39
by Jobo

Golding Spindle - amazed beyond words!

10. August 2009 10:39 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I knew just from seeing photographs of Golding spindles that I wanted to have one of my own someday... but seriously folks, this is a Niiiicccceee spindle!

Like a kid in the candy shop, I arrived at the post office to pick up my new toy, and was so excited that I had the box torn open and was digging inside before the lady at the desk was even able to find my name in the received log!  Gently wrapped in tissue paper in all her glory - my new spindle!

From the moment I unwrapped it, it was obvious that this spindle was made by a seriously talented craftsman.  All wood surfaces are baby's-bottom smooth and pleasing to the touch. The bronze alloy accents add just enough gleam to compliment the walnut.  Classy. 


So I was obviously in love the second I saw it... but how does it spin?  Like a dream. 

Compared to the primitive old crappy thing I had been using before (made from a child's wooden toy wheel and a piece of dowel) the Golding feels so refined and professional.  The shaft has little grooves cut into the wood to help improve grip when giving the spindle a flick start - it feels like it takes no effort at all to get it started.  And once the spindle has started spinning... the balanced whorl just keeps going and going forever.  Even though I am not a very experienced spindler, I can draft all the way to the floor when working in the standing position (thats like 3.5 feet) and there is still plenty of spin potential.  Having the weight distributed in a ring around the perimeter of the whorl makes the spinning effortless.  Even the hook feels balanced.  Every stage of the spinning process is a delight working on this spindle.  I guess having quality tools to work with really makes a difference!?  Gotta love tools that are beautiful AND functional.

For my first project on the Golding I decided to use up my last braid of Fleece Artist Merino/Silk Sliver - blues and greens in the colours of the ocean.  I thought this might be a good thing to start with because of the clingyness of the preparation.  I found that the fibers weren't too slippery, and hopefully I wouldn't drop my beautiful new spindle on the floor too many times.  This is the third braid of this fiber that I had bought to learn on as one of my first fiber projects.


The resulting 2 cops of singles are quite thin, a thin laceweight likely.  My goal is to make a really airy gossamer scarf with it.  Something pretty and lacy.  I know I don't have much yardage, but that's ok - just because I live in Canada doesn't mean I want a hundred big bulky warm scarves!  I skeined and washed the singles last night, and they are hanging off the back of the bathroom door at home waiting patiently for me to get home from work tonight and ball them up.  The colours are sooooo beautiful... like waves on the ocean in every shade of sun-kissed blue green and turquoise.  Will post more pics later on :)

Bottom line:

- Thinking about investing in a Golding Spindle?  Go for it.  This is amazing craftsmanship, and worth every penny.  Every time I pick it up, I have a difficult time to put it down... kind of like putting down a good book.  This Spindle is my new favorite fiber tool!

Golding Fiber Tools


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