-Be soothed and mesmerized by the gentle clicking and whirring of the captive ring on the whorl.
-Use the low-whorl chac-chac as a drop spindle by making a half-hitch to secure your yarn, or use it as a support spindle.
-Spin anything from primitive fibers to the most luxurious fibers on the sanded smooth shaft. Original Peruvian spindles have a rough, whittled shaft.
-Show your unique side! Be the only one in your guild – or state, or country – with a Peruvian chac-chac!
Please Note: There is a bit of an art form to getting a good click. The more you use your chac-chac, the more you'll find just the right touch. Also, if using the spindle supported, there will be less noise. See an authentic Peruvian chac-chac here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqZiaftXpcE
As Abby Franquemont says, they are hard to come by these days. John is excited to start producing them here in the States. And we – the spinners in his family – are thrilled to use them!
While they are not the fastest or longest-spinning spindles, Chac-chacs are incredibly fun and ramp up the addictive power of spindle spinning!
Features of the spindle in this listing:
Weight: 1.3 oz. / 37 g. Length: 11 1/8" / 28.5cm Whorl Diameter: 2 3/8" / 6 cm
Wood: The whorl is turned from honey locust, the shaft from stunning tiger walnut. The shaft has copper powder embedded in it.
Flicking End: The flicking tip of original chac-chacs is not nearly as fine as modern Tibetans. This particular tip is fairly traditional, but with a more graceful taper.
This spindle, like all of my offerings, is finished with a protective French polish then buffed to a satin sheen with my very own homemade beeswax finish.
I use sustainable hardwoods from Johnson Creek Hardwoods, a local, small, family run mill.
It's beautiful! I tried it and it spins smoothly and true. I have several drop and support spindles. This could be my favorite...Marcia D. Smith aka Topsy