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Mini Dealgan Scottish Drop Spindle (782)

+ $15.20 shipping
+ $15.20 shipping

Made in Powelltown, Australia

Item details

Mini Dealgan Scottish Spindle

Weight is 25 gms or 0.88 oz
Length is 128 mm or 5.03 ins
Diameter is 23 mm or 0.90 ins

A piece of Jarrah from West Australia, a strong hardwood with a reddish close knit grain that you will love the look of!

Dealgans are a whorl-less Spindle which has one of its’ origins in Scotland. The Scottish Spindle has 3 Gaelic name(s) for it which are Dealgan, Farsadh, Fearsaid. I’ll be calling it the former cause I’m terrible with my “essses’sss” 😊
The Dealgans were used in Scotland from the 1700’s until the early 1900’s until the spinning wheel came up from the lowlands. Some sources suggest it was as far back as the late medieval period of the 14th and 15th century. Given the Scottish history with the English Lords and Kings suppressing their culture and with the Dealgans made only of timber during historical digs of recent times sometimes only little pieces were found. It is therefore hard to know for sure when the Dealgan first came into use in Scotland.
The most likely original shape and size the Dealgan had was with a square lower end with cross cuts on the bottom. It was also quite heavy, so was used for plying or medium weighted single yarn. Well after all it was Scotland, they had no need for the finer fibres of life to keep them warm on the cold moors….Brrrr 😊
The Dealgan Scottish Spindle has made a small revival thanks to the fascinating research made by Lois Swales and you can find her work here: and of course a few other Spindle makers have produced these unique fibre tools since. Being part Scot, I felt it was a fibre tool that I should have in my repertoire 😊
I have made 2 styles of Dealgan: 1 for the more traditionalists out there who would like them to look as close as possible to the original, so when you are in medieval re-enacting and such, those are the way to go; and then 2. after Charly and I investigated and tested, and tested, we felt with a little groove towards the bottom stopped the single yarn from slipping off. My research lead me to believe that the original was quite heavy as I said before, but of course with new modern lathes we can made them more user friendly and lighter, so that you can spin finer yarn than would’ve surely been taken up by our Scottish cousins back in the day! The second more modern take on the Dealgan looks like a thistle still in the bud so I thought that was apt as well.
If you are unsure of how to use them there are several you tube videos around that you can use as a resource.
The basic principle is that you create a centre pull ball by winding on in a nostepinne style. You then pull your yarn into one of the cross notches on the bottom of the Dealgan, then up the to the tip where a half hitch is created and your yarn will sit close to the small tip. You can then start twirling your Dealgan from the tip in a clockwise motion and start drafting and spinning your fibre into yarn. I found it easier to make a temporary cop on the upper part of the Dealgan so you can then start winding your final cop by winding three times then slightly turning the Dealgan and wind again, just like you would make a centre pulled ball by winding on a nostepinne.
Have fun exploring new and old ways of spinning yarn..always!

For Australian customers Insurance is included in the delivery cost of ALL SPINDLES as well as automatic tracking on parcel post deliveries within Australia. When you purchase this item, you are covered for loss or damage during shipping.
For Overseas customers I ship by Economy Air which does not include tracking or Insurance. If you would like these features added, please do so at checkout. If you choose not to use insurance and the item is damaged or lost within the postal system I may not be able to refund you the full purchase price.

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Preparation takes 1-2 business days
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All prices for shipping items are based on weight upto 500 grams (17.6 ounces). While the weight of spindles is not too much it's the combined weight of carton and packing materials. So just be aware that if you purchase a lot of items at once this may take your purchase over 500 grams and I'll contact you to discuss the extra post costs.
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Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
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If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, I will replace, repair, or refund the product price, whichever is appropriate, minus any fees incurred.
No two items are ever the same, so an exact replacement may not be possible if the item was damaged.

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Custom orders are always welcomed. I can make or customise an existing item for you. Please do not hesitate to contact me with your wishes. If you want a customised item I require payment before I begin making and/or pyro'ing the item. If a custom pyro'ing is wanted once I have begun creating your dream I won't be able to refund you, so please make sure at time of purchase that you can afford to proceed with your purchase.