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Draco Drop Spindle (Forest)

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Handmade
Made in Jenison, Michigan

Item details

Maker: BullSheep Fibery and Dyeworks
Weight: 0.7oz / 22g
Length: 10" Shaft 2.9" Whorl
Style: Drop Spindle; 3d printed Nylon Whorl, Acrylic Shaft

By day, I am an engineer. I realize this seems a slightly odd intro to a product description, but bear with me.

I have received several requests for customers for a mid-sized spindle with a 2.5-3" whorl and a 9-10" shaft. Sadly I previously did not offer a spindle that fit into this size range, so I decided to embark on a new design.

This spindle is the first spindle I have designed with appearance as my primary goal. I decided I wanted to make a spindle with an asymmetric dragon-shaped whorl, but without sacrificing the balance necessary to provide a long, controlled spin for the spinner. As I created this whorl design, I completed many iterations of center of mass analyses in the CAD software, tweaking the design ever so slightly each time to ensure the balance of the whorl as close to perfect as possible. I am proud to say that while the final design does not provide quite as stable of a spin as some of my other spindles, the Draco is eye candy at its finest and a pleasure to spin on.

My Design Goals: Spindle must look unique, be portable and durable, and well-balanced (proper balancing and the ability to maintain balance is key)

Final Design:

The Whorl-

I designed a 2.9" diameter asymmetric dragon shaped 3d printed nylon whorl (AKA Draco). In spite of the asymmetric design, the whorl is nearly perfectly balanced with the center of mass located at the hole for the shaft, allowing for a long controlled spin.

The spines along the back of the dragon whorl double as small notches to secure the single while spinning to prevent slippage.

The whorl is 3d printed in nylon, which is a more precise material to work with than ABS plastic (allowing for a more intricate whorl design). Nylon is also much more temperature resistant than some ABS plastic or other common plastic 3d printing materials, so the whorl can be left in a hot car on a summer day without melting or warping (I tested this by submerging a nylon whorl in boiling water for ~20 minutes, and saw no warping or damage).

Finally, the whorl can be slid up and down the spindle shaft, which allows this spindle to easily convert between a top whorl and bottom whorl spindle. The whorl can also be slid off the bottom tip of the spindle, allowing for easy storage and transportation.

The Shaft-

The spindle shaft is made of carbon fiber, which is extremely durable and slightly flexible. The diameter of the shaft is the same as the diameter of a size 8 (5mm) knitting needle, so the whorl can be slid off the shaft and onto a size 8 knitting needle to easily convert this spindle into a supported spindle.

The spindle shaft is appx. 10 inches long and will hold approximately 1.5 oz of finely spun fiber.

The Hook-

The hook is made out of steel piano wire, which has a rust-resistant finish and is very strong. The hook is made with a 3 bend design which is easy to hook and un-hook fiber to, and holds fiber securely during spinning. The 3 bend hook is also easier to bend back into shape than a traditional round hook design (if the hook ever gets bent out of shape).

The last listing photo is courtesy of my mother, and shows her first spinning project on her Draco Spindle!


FAQs

I gladly accept custom orders and can accommodate most requests- please convo me if you have something unique and special in mind!

All items (especially spindles) are packaged well to avoid potential damage during shipping. Gift wrapping or gift packaging is available for a nominal fee upon request.

Due to the handmade nature of my products, I cannot guarantee an identical replacement for items that were damaged during shipping. If your order was damaged during shipping, please contact me within 14 days and I will work with you to return the item or exchange it. Unfortunately I cannot take responsibility for items that are mis-delivered or lost during shipping. I provide tracking numbers for all of my orders, and in the unfortunate instance that an item is mis-delivered or lost during shipping I will work with you and the carrier to attempt to locate the package.

As a seller, I am responsible for accurately documenting the items I post internationally for import and customs purposes. Please note that international customers may be responsible for paying VAT or customs duties not included in my prices or shipping charges prior to receiving the items they purchase.

I gladly accept custom orders and can accommodate most requests- please convo me if you have something unique and special in mind!

All items (especially spindles) are packaged well to avoid potential damage during shipping. Gift wrapping or gift packaging is available for a nominal fee upon request.

Due to the handmade nature of my products, I cannot guarantee an identical replacement for items that were damaged during shipping. If your order was damaged during shipping, please contact me within 14 days and I will work with you to return the item or exchange it. Unfortunately I cannot take responsibility for items that are mis-delivered or lost during shipping. I provide tracking numbers for all of my orders, and in the unfortunate instance that an item is mis-delivered or lost during shipping I will work with you and the carrier to attempt to locate the package.

As a seller, I am responsible for accurately documenting the items I post internationally for import and customs purposes. Please note that international customers may be responsible for paying VAT or customs duties not included in my prices or shipping charges prior to receiving the items they purchase.


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