A hand style distaff turned from a lovely piece of spalted wood reclaimed from a forest floor. It is a one-of-a-kind piece with knots and some bluing as well. This distaff has been turned in the style of the djed tree from Egyptian mythology. It has been finished with a clear carnauba paste wax to protect against moisture and prevent discoloration.
Length: 11 inches
For instructions on the use of the hand distaff, please see my blog at hersheyfiberarts.wordpress.com for my article entitled "Dressing and Drafting with the Hand Distaff" or use the search words "distaff spinning" to find many fine articles and YouTube videos on the use of this tool.
I offer this distaff as you see depicted with your choice of ribbon. Included is the option to receive this distaff dressed with a domestic blend of white wool (28-29 micron)
Shipping & policies
I ship USPS by default in the size box that best suits your order. If your order must ship via Priority due to size or weight, I will not charge extra but will comp the cost. I am happy to accommodate requests for upgrading shipping.
**International Orders** Buying overseas may incur VAT, for which the buyer is responsible. With this understanding, I offer a discount on all orders $50 or more. Use the 15PERCENTTHX coupon code upon checkout to receive 15% your order to offset the added expense of VAT or customs charges.
When posting a listing it is sometimes difficult to estimate shipping. If, when checking out, your shipping costs seem off, please let me know and I will calculate shipping for you.
I will process all orders within 1-2 business days after payment has cleared.
I am happy to accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover Card and PayPal.
Please pay as soon as you can after making your purchase. Delaying payment in excess of 1 week may result in the item being relisted.
Ohio residents please be aware I am required to collect Ohio sales tax.
Returns & exchanges
- Custom or personalized orders
- Perishable products (like food or flowers)
- Digital downloads
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
If your item arrives damaged, please allow me the opportunity to send you a replacement without further cost to you. My goal is to get you the item you wanted as it was intended!
If you receive an item that is not what you ordered, I will of course accept the return and ship your correct order immediately.
For international orders arriving damaged, please inform me of the customs or VAT you have paid so that I can send you a refund of that amount.
Although, if you have changed your mind before I have shipped your order, I can still cancel or make alterations to a transaction before shipping. Please email asap so I can accommodate your request.
I am happy to take custom orders, and if there is any piece which you wanted but missed out on, or would like in a different stone, I will do my best to accommodate your wishes.
I can also create pieces according to your specifications like weight, shape, e.g if you wanted a piece described in "Prehistoric Textiles" by EJW Barber p. 307, or if you perhaps tell me you would like a conical, flat topped 4 cm diameter and 2 cm deep whorl in, say, soapstone, I can work with that. In cases such as these, I will send photos as a piece progresses in case adjustments or changes are needed.
Please understand, though, that each item is individually made, so while I may attempt to replicate a whorl, there will be small differences here or there.
Custom pieces will take anywhere from a day to a week depending on complexity.
Ordering over the weekend:
Orders placed over the weekend may experience some delay for two reasons. The first is due to USPS hours of operation, and the second is due to my work schedule at my other job. I apologize for any inconvenience this may incur.
I am able to rush orders if needed, so if you are under a time constraint, please let me know so that I can accommodate your needs.
Please note that international buyers are responsible for any customs, VAT or handling charges that their purchase may incur.