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    I was asked if I could make a drop spindle with changeable weights. This is what I have come up with so far. The spindle is is slightly tapered at the bottom so the weight sticks on it when dropped down. The different weights can be used individually or added together if you want to spin really heavy yarn. this is just a prototype at the moment with a few glitches to sort out but so far so good.



    Its a 10" spindle in mahogany with a little boxwood finial on the end. The weights are yew, opuntia and spalted beech.

    Pete
    Last edited by bodrighy; 17-07-2009, 09:46 PM.
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  • #2
    Forget the function behind it, I think it looks beautiful!!!
    Diane
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    • #3
      Lovely! I know some Heathen ladies that would like that a lot...
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      • #4
        Looks great well done
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        • #5
          Very clever! And beautifully done too.
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          • #6
            oooooooooohhhh!!!!!!

            Linda

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            • #7
              (Apart from being beautiful) that's interesting.
              I would have a different (weight) spindle for each different thickness of wool (or other fibre) I was spinning..........
              I can see the logic.....but I love having lots of beautiful things

              Did you turn the spindle (long stick bit)?
              I've got an it's got to be tapered problem with making spindles with ceramic weights. I know I should get on and sort it myself (a bit of whittling and sanding would solve it)....but I am tempted by the thought of selling a quailty product.........

              AnnieAnna

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              • #8
                Originally posted by AnnieAnna View Post
                (Apart from being beautiful) that's interesting.
                I would have a different (weight) spindle for each different thickness of wool (or other fibre) I was spinning..........
                I can see the logic.....but I love having lots of beautiful things

                Did you turn the spindle (long stick bit)?
                I've got an it's got to be tapered problem with making spindles with ceramic weights. I know I should get on and sort it myself (a bit of whittling and sanding would solve it)....but I am tempted by the thought of selling a quailty product.........

                AnnieAnna

                Yes I turned the 'long stick bit' It's a straight spindle until about 1 1/2" from the bttom and then it flares enough for the weights to jam when dropped down the spindle. I have just done a revised version as well where each weight will jam onto the one below as on the first one when the spindle was spun the weights slid on one another. If you are making ceramic weights you might have the same problem if you are thinking of being abe to add the weights. You might be able to make them with little nipples on the bottom that fit into corresponding slots on the top so that they will work as one weight. This should solve the problem of them sliding on one another when spun.

                Pete

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                • #9
                  The nipply idea is a good one. Not evident in there archeological finds though. I suspect the spinners came up with a more low tech solution. My idea would be to jam the weight in place with a bit of the prespun wool you start your spinning off with. Whoo hoo! Experimental archeology! Something to try out. I love it!

                  Calming down...I've just emailed you with the silliest sounding, least money making, most nichest, hole in the market business idea you've probably ever been approached with..........

                  AnnieAnna

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