Here at Highland Handmades we’ve been experimenting with our spindles. For a long time we’ve wanted to use hand-turned hooks, which are far superior to cup hooks in both appearance and function. It’s taken us most of the winter, but we finally have hooks we’re proud of. As Paul was varnishing new beginner spindles tonight he turned to me and said, “I want to give away a new spindle. Go tell all your friends.”
Well okay then!
This is a birdseye maple spindle with a maple shaft. The hook is hand-turned and is made of galvanized steel. The spindle hasn’t been finished yet (we’re doing that this weekend) but will be finished in clear polyurethane to protect the wood and your fiber. It is a heavier spindle, perfect for beginners – it weighs 69 grams or 2 and 3/8 ounces (pre finish weight; actual weight will be a bit heavier). It’s also perfect for plying, since the spindle spins for what seems like forever. The shaft under the whorl is 7.25″ for a total length of just under 9″ (not counting hook). Plenty of room for your cop to nestle! For your convenience there’s also a notch in the whorl to keep your single in place as you spin. The whorl is from wood locally and ethically harvested from the North Maine Woods and is hand-picked for beauty and strength.
Here’s what you need to do: Leave a comment on this post telling me that you’d like it. Tomorrow (Feb 2oth) at noon EST I will pick a random winner and announce it on the podcast. That person will get the spindle! How easy is that? CAVEAT: We’d really like to hear how you like it. If you promise to do a review on your blog, podcast, or other internet site we’ll give you an extra entry into the drawing (this is on the honor system, since you’ll clearly have the spindle before you write the review). Just make sure you let us know where you post the review so we can direct traffic to it.
Good luck everyone!