For an inexpensive top or bottom whorl drop spindle for the beginner, try the Louet. 12.25" long with sheep heads design on the 3.5" whorl. Weighs 2.75 ounces. The Octo-spindle is a top Whorl Spindle. Great for beginners and spinners on the go. Louet also makes 2 Drop Spindle Kit's (Natural and Dyed) which include an unfinished beech top-whorl octagonal spindle (no sheep design on this spindle) with a weight of 1.43 oz, 8 oz. of fiber (3 different colors of wool top - colors will vary), a small bottle of wool-wash and instructions.