IST Crafts Turkish Spindles
As with the Drop Spindles 1ST Crafts Turkish Spindles are lovingly hand made from selected hard woods. With a design that is unique to IST Crafts they offer a very attractive spindle that will just keep spinning.
The heart of any Drop Spindle is the shaft - In order to provide stable yet attractive shafts, Ian uses English Ash for the Turkish shafts. All of the timber is hand selected but he takes particular care over the ‘shaft wood’, looking for straight close grained timber. The timber is bought kiln dried and then further seasoned in my timber store. It is then cut into billets and furthered seasoned. This additional seasoning ensures a stable and straight shaft.
Each shaft is finely hand turned from the acorn bottom final to the gentle taper of the main shaft. Particular attention is given to the joint to ensure each shaft fits securely to the cross members so ensuring the spindle spins true. The length of the shafts varies depending on the size of the spindle. Please note: the width given is at the topside of the cross members and the length is the total length of the shaft. The lengths may vary by a small amount as they are individually hand turned.
110mm: length 165mm width 7mm
The Cross members/Whorl - All of the timber for the Turkish spindles come from a supplier that specializes in woods for Musical instruments. The wood is therefore of top quality and selected for its beauty. The Cross members are hand made in selected pairs ensuring the wood matches and they form a snug fit that assembles and disassembles smoothly.
The weight of the spindle depends on what type of spinning you are doing. Lighter weights for finer threads, heaver for the thicker threads and of course your personal preference. Weights and sizes:
Whorl size 110mm weight 24gm to 32gm
The whorls are supplied notched