Distaff/ Hand Turned/ Red Cedar/ Spinning Distaff/ Hand Distaff/ Osberg Distaff/ Traditional Tool/ Hand Spun Wool/ Drop Spindle/ Nostepinne
This hand distaff is loosely based on the Osberg distaff that was excavated in 1905 and has been dated to 834 CE. These artifacts are often labelled as nostepinne, but they are far too long and the turned knob on the end, for tying off the combed wool tops, make them impractical for that use.
Measures @ 20" long, the handle is 1" tapering to 3/4", the staff starts at @ 1/2" bellies to 3/4" and tapers back down to @ 1/2".
Weighs just over 4 oz.
The Eastern Red Cedar in the SE is quite prolific, given the right circumstances. It is not unusual to find standing, dead, saplings around 2-3" in diameter and 10 or 12 feet high. Often they have been standing for years and have completely dried out. That is what this distaff is made from. This means that there is some natural splitting as the sapling has dried out, which can be seen in the photographs. But these are not detrimental to the structural stability of the distaff, as it has been turned with the heart of the tree running up the middle of it, and whatever movement is going to happen has done so. They will not get worse and have been sanded smooth to prevent catching.