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Our spindles are made from select North American
hardwoods chosen for their durability and beauty. Spindles are available in ash, cherry, hickory, maple, red oak and walnut.
Each wood has a characteristic average weight with maple and hickory the heaviest and ash, cherry, and walnut the lightest.
Woods also vary somewhat in color with hickory the most variable. Because wood grain can affect spindle performance, orientation
of grain is optimized for each spindle making a truer turning, longer spinning spindle.
Spindles start out as lumber. Each spindle is made without the use of duplicating machinery. Hands guide gouges, apply sandpaper, bend wire into hooks, file notches and rub
on oil. Shafts and whorls are roughed out separately, fitted together
and glued. Roughed-out spindles are turned on a lathe as a single piece. This assures that the shaft and whorl are aligned
precisely and the resulting spindle is balanced. All spindles have
a hand made stainless steel hook and receive two coats of Tried and True™ Original Wood Finish.
Lets talk brass tacks about balance. Because choice of wood
can dramatically affect spindle performance, I put much effort into the selection of lumber. Despite my effort, some
spindles do not perform to my exacting standards because wood is, after all, a natural product. These spindles are balanced
by adding a solid brass brad to the rim of the whorl. The brad is a hallmark of our commitment to performance.
The spindles are made individually in small batches. As a result, each spindle has its own unique character. Each spindle has a label listing its weight and type of wood. Custom weights and woods
are available. Dimensions given in the descriptions are approximate.
Function. Even the most beautiful spindle may perform poorly. Our goal is to make
spindles that surpass the requirements of the spinner.
strive for balance between craft and utility. The care with which our spindles are made is a reflection of our committment
to high craft.
Beauty. North American hardwoods, graceful curves, meticulous finish and pride
in craftsmanship result in beautiful spindles that perform superbly.
Mid whorl spindles have the whorl located about one-third the length of the shaft below
the hook. They are available in large (30-60 grams, shaft 12-1/2”, whorl 3-1/4”), medium (25-40 grams, shaft
11”, whorl 2-7/8”) and small (20-35 grams, shaft 9”, whorl 2-7/16”). The hand made "swan's
neck" hook is stainless steel, and the whorl is rim-weighted. Available
in maple, cherry, walnut, red oak, hickory and ash.
$35, medium $39, large $45.
Other Fiber Art Tools
Niddy Noddys Our niddy noddys are collapsible, allowing for easy removal of the skein
and for carrying in your fiber bag.
Three sizes are available:
2 yard, 1 yard and sampler. Available in maple, cherry, walnut and red oak. Prices: sampler
$27,1-yard $37, 2-yard $47.
|Niddy Noddys (two-yard, disassembled)
Top whorl spindles feature our stainless steel “low profile” hook. This hand made hook was designed
for travel spindles so they would not snag other items in the travel bag. Top whorl spindles come in large (40-60 grams,
shaft 11”, whorl 3-1/4”), medium (30-50 grams, shaft 9-3/4", whorl 2-7/8") and small (15-25 grams, shaft
8”, whorl 2-7/16”). Available in maple, cherry, walnut,
red oak, hickory and ash.
Prices: small $35, medium
$39, large $45.
Low whorl spindles have the
shaft below the whorl extra long so the spindle can be rolled down the thigh or spun between the feet. They are available in large (40-55 grams, shaft 13-3/4”, whorl 3-1/4”), medium (30-45 grams, shaft 13”,
whorl 2-7/8”) and small (20-35 grams, shaft 12-1/8”, whorl 2-7/16”). The hand made "swan's neck"
hook is stainless steel, and the whorl is rim-weighted. Available in maple, cherry,
walnut, red oak, hickory and ash.
small $40, medium $43, large $47.
These spindles have the whorl located near the end opposite the hook. Bottom whorl spindles
come in large (30-60 grams, shaft 12-1/4”, whorl 3-1/4”) and small (20-40 grams, shaft 10 3/4”, whorl 2-7/16”).
The hand made "swan's neck" hook is stainless steel, and the whorl is rim-weighted. Available in maple, cherry, walnut, red oak, hickory and ash.
Prices: small $35,
medium $39, large $45.
Spindles available in
cherry, hickory, maple, red oak and walnut
Having trouble deciding what spindle
a beginner trying to figure out how to start?
Download our 2-page
Spindle Guide! In it you will find hints on preparing fiber, how to choose a spindle, and get started spinning.
Click here to download Spindle Guide
Yarn gauges are used to determine the diameter of yarn. Yarn is wrapped around the straight
portion of the gauge, which is one inch in length, and the number of wraps counted, giving wraps per inch. Gauges are
about 4-1/4” long and come with a stainless steel screw eye for tying to spinning wheel, etc. Gauges come in a
variety of woods such as maple, cherry, walnut, red and white oaks, ash, mahogany, apple, pear, sweet cherry, peach and apricot.
Price is $12.00
|Nostepinnes in cherry (top), walnut (middle) and maple (bottom)
Nostepinne literally means "ball of yarn
stick." Our ball winders are simple yet elegant, with the notch across the top end to make a center pull ball.
Made from a variety of woods including locally harvested hardwoods and fruit woods.
Needle Cases (Etuis)
Needle cases come in 3", 6", and 8" sizes and are available
in a variety of woods, including fruit woods and cocobolo. Three inch (actually 3-5/8") cases hold tapestry, sewing
and felting needles; 6" cases are for sock knitting needles and crochet hooks; and 8" cases are for double-pointed
Prices are $19.00 (3"), $23.00 (3" cocobolo
or figured wood), $25.00 (6"), and $29.00 (8").
Tapestry & Navajo Weaving Forks
for tapestry and Navajo style weaving or for repair of woven textiles, these finely handcrafted forks are as wonderful to
the touch as they are to use. Like all Magpie WoodWorks products, the forks combine beauty with superior functionality.
The tapered, hardened, stainless steel teeth in our forks are U.S.-made RESCO™ pet combs. The teeth are
set in a brass bar that forms a rigid backbone for the comb. The comb is embedded in the handle using epoxy resin for
extreme strength and durability.
Handles are shaped by hand and finished with two coats of linseed oil and bee's
wax for a satiny finish that is a pleasure to hold.
Weavers have three styles
to choose from: mini, with or without handle constriction (3/4"W X 8-1/2"L), medium (2"W X 9-1/2"L),
and large (2-1/4"W X 8-1/2"L). All styles can be ordered in maple, cherry, hickory, or walnut. The forks are
available in a wide range of tines per inch, making them useful for many weaving setts. Minis are made with 10 or 12
tines per inch; medium and large forks come in 5.5, 7, 10, and 12 tpi. Large forks
also can be weighted. Prices: mini, $27; medium, $39; large, $47; large weighted $55.
|Medium, mini without handle constriction, mini with constriction, large
Felting needle holders are made using a sturdy, industrial
quality pin vise with a turned wooden handle. The holder stores one needle. They are available in wide variety of woods including ash, maple, cherry, walnut, sweet cherry, peach, apricot, pear,
apple, red oak, white oak, hickory, mahogany and other exotics. Overall length of the holder is about six inches, diameter
three-eighths to one-half inches. Our needle holders use needles that have had the bend clipped off; instructions for removing
bends are provided. Clipped needles can be purchased from
us for $1.00 each and are available in 36 and 40 gauge triangular blade and 38 gauge star blade.
Price: $21.00, includes one needle.
not just for darning any more! Use one of our eggs when closing the toe on hand knit socks. Darning eggs are laminated
either from a single piece of wood using a technique known as "book matching," or from a combination of woods.
Book matching often results in interesting patterns in the grain. Differences in the woods are highlighted when combined
to make an egg. Eggs are 6-1/2” long and about 2-1/8" in diameter. Available in hard maple, cherry,
walnut or a combination of the three woods. Price: $26.00