Michael Williams - Spinning Equipment
 
  Spindles

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Hand crafted from various hardwoods. Designed for maximum spin for a given weight and diameter. All spindles are made with special attention to concentricity of whorl and shaft to produce a well balanced spin. Every spindle is tested.

The Top Whorl spindle has a hand set steel hook and a hand-turned shaft.

The Bottom Whorl spindle has a hand-turned shaft. Around the top of the shaft is a very shallow groove to accept a half-hitch.

Finished to a deep lustre or may be left plain if desired. Any type, size or weight can be made to your own specification. Standard weights are available from 10gms to 65gms.

I have developed a series of square top whorl spindles.Why square? The four corners have weight which is further from the axis and will produce a longer duration of spin. A square spindle with sides of a given dimension can spin up to 33% longer than a circular whorl of the same diameter and weight. (I used applied mathematics to calculate the improvement)

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Akha Spindle

Used for any short staple fibre and ideal for cotton.
Maple whorl, 64 mm diameter; carved hook at one end of shaft and slight taper at other end; shaft is 230mm long. Designed for duration and speed of spin. Weight 20gms.

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Navajo Spindle

Hand turned from Maple, with a perfectly straight shaft and mathematically designed whorl. A joy to use.
Two sizes:        long shaft - 75 cm (29") and shorter shaft - 47 cm (18")

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*NEW Design* Turkish Spindle

This spindle comes apart for easy transportation. It comprises a shaft and two interlocking semi-circular arms, which are longer than the traditional shape to give a greater duration of spin. The new design incorporates brass plugs at the ends of the arms to increase the duration of spin. It has a beautiful carved spiral hook at the top of the shaft. It is made of hardwood and weighs around 30 gms.

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Tibetan Spindle

This is a SUPPORTED spindle for spinning "off the point" in a support bowl (see support spindle bowl below). The whorl has been designed to provide a good compromise between speed of spin and duration of spin.The shaft is turned and therefore straight and the whole is beautifully balanced. Total length 29 cm.

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Russian (Orenburg) Spindle and Support bowl

Another spindle for spinning off the point. Its weight distribution is much more centre weighted compared to the Tibetan and so will spin faster but not for as long. Tested by experienced 'point' spinners. Total length 28 cm.

This bowl is double sided. It can be used on a table or in your lap. Made from selected hardwoods. The base is 6.5 cm in diameter, height 3 cm. The internal diameter of both bowls is 3 cm. Please look at the larger picture to see the unusual shape.

The bowl and spindle can be purchased separately.

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Support Spindle Bowl

The bowl is 7cm in diameter and 2 cm deep. It is scooped out of the top of a beech wood cylinder 12 cm tall. The cylinder is attached to a base section, 30cm long x 7 cm wide x 1cm thick. The base section has chamfered edges and a rounded end, making it comfortable to sit on to keep the 'bowl' in position, either between your knees or to either side of you.

Example of a bobbin for a Majacraft wheel

Spinning Wheel Bobbins

I will match bobbins for any make or age of spinning wheel.

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Spinning Wheel threader

A turned hardwood handle, 5.5cm long, with an 8 cm length of stong, flexible wire with a hooked end.

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Lazy Kate

I can make a lazy kate to your own design in your choice of hardwood - maybe to match your spinning wheel. You may have any number of bobbins and they can run vertically or horizontally. Click on the small image for examples I have made.

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Swearie Box

This is a combined tool box and lazy kate: a traditional piece of equipment used by spinners in Orkney and Shetland. Bobbins can be threaded onto the rod below the handle leaving space below them for bits and bobs. These are made to order, in dimensions and wood to suit your bobbins.

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Niddy Noddy

Traditional designs, made from maple or beech. One cross-piece is fixed. The other is a good tight fit, but can be removed for storage.
Tiny niddy, makes a 19.5" (50cm) skein. Small size makes a 1 metre skein. Large size, makes a 72" skein.

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Nostepinne

An ancient tool for yarn ball winding, Turned to a very smooth finish with a comfortable handle.          250mm long.

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Diz

A thin, smoothly finished hardwood oblong, 7 cm long by 4 cm wide, with concave/convex profile. It has three holes, diameters 1.6mm, 2.5mm, 3.5mm.

Diz Threader

A 6 cm wooden handle with an 8 cm long loop of fine nylon line.

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Wool Comb Clamp

The clamp holds a wool comb very securely in two positions (the tines are either vertical or horizontal) without any risk of it rotating in use. It has a metal pin through the clamp into the handle of the comb. Each clamp is tailored to a particular pair of combs and I need to examine one of the combs to take accurate dimensions.

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** New Design ** Andean Plying Tool

This hardwood tool takes the place of your hand for holding the wound yarn when plying. Comfortable turned handle and a removable top peg. The new design more closely matches the dimensions of a hand.
Length 24cm (9.5")