My spindle maker has recently revived an old passion – music. As a result he is making fewer, and fewer spindles. Every time I offer a spindling workshop I cross my fingers that he will agree to make the 8 – 12 spindles that I order. So far he has not let me down. But I also want to respect that his passion for this is waning and don’t’ want him to be obliged. Thus I am hunting for a new spindle maker.
The spindles that I use in my workshops are a large part of the reason why participants leave after 3 – 4 hours spinning successfully. The spindles are perfectly balanced, have a hook that is always easy to find, a notch right across from the hook, and a tapered shaft that gives the spindler a couple of gears.
So this is a hard act to follow.
The other night I started my search by cruising on Etsy. I could never have imagined how many spindles there are on Etsy. But there they all were. I cruised around, clicked, read, clicked again and then came across the Steampunk Spindle by SnyderSpindles. I had seen it earlier in the year when he just developed them. I love the look of them and from the reviews, I figured they were worth a piece of my R & D budget. So I ordered one. Then I saw that they were two different weights, so I ordered one in each weight. It didn’t impact the shipping charge much from just one spindle. And then I saw one that was done in a green-ish stain, so I ordered that one too.
I now have three Steampunk Spindles, two light-weight and one medium weight. I’m spending my spinning time this weekend test driving/spinning them. So far, I like their action. I especially like their look with the funky gear cut outs on the rim that actually have a function as over a dozen notches. The ultimate test is how they behave as they get more and more fibre on them. Will let you know.
I haven’t given up on my spindle guy. I love the fact that he is local. But in the event that he is moving on, I need to find a good alternative. And besides, the research is fun!