This Medium Destiny spindle is a hybrid variable weight Turkish spindle. It is made of 3D printed plastic arms, hand turned hardwood shafts and steel screws. This is an unusual combination but the plastic is used for lightness, wood for rigidity and feel, and steel for weight. The combination of these materials allows for the mass to be on the outside of the spindle, to increase duration of the spin. This is a complete redesign of what a Turkish spindle could be.
Name: Destiny Type: Medium Color: Glow in the dark, fluoresces green Shaft Material: Maple Shaft Length: 6.25" (15.8 cm) Arm Length: 2 3/16" ( 5.5 cm) Weights: Fully Weighted 1 oz (29g) Half Weighted .8 oz (22g) No Weights .5 oz (15g)
*all lengths and weights are approximate The spindle also comes with assembly instructions
What sets the Destiny spindles apart from other turkish spindles?
It uses 4 smaller arms that nest together to create the whorl, rather than 2 long arms. When using this patent pending design it is possible to have weight on the tips of the arms and still be able to disassemble the spindle to get the center pull ball off.
The weights are also removable so you can fine tune the spindle to your liking, even when you have yarn on the spindle. So let's say the spindle is getting too heavy for the yarn you are spinning. You can take half or all of the weights off and just keep spinning. You have the benefit of having a spindle that spins great empty and when the weight of the yarn takes over you can remove them. The weights are 5mm socket head screw.
After much thought I decided to use Socket Head Cap Screws for the weights. If they get misplaced you can get replacements locally, rather than waiting for replacements in the mail. The spindle even comes with one extra bolt and an info card with the bolt sizes, so you can take it with you to the hardware store, just in case.
The spindles are 3D printed from Polylactic acid (PLA). PLA is derived from renewable resources like cornstarch and tapioca roots and is biodegradable. The only trade off for not sitting in a landfill for future super intelligent apes to find is the glass transition temperature of PLA (temperature where the plastic gets soft) is 60–65 °C. (140-149 °F). So do not keep them in your oven, your car in the summer or anywhere that you would not want to hang out.