1.5 oz Ash Wood Traditional Bulgarian Style Support, Drop Spindle - Handmade

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This Bulgarian-style support spindle weighs 1 1/2 ounces (44 grams), and is 14 1/4" long (36 cm). It's extra long length allows for larger thread cops or can be used on the floor for those who like to spin seated on the floor. I make these on our mini-lathe, and they're finished with Danish oil and friction polish on the lathe. This is made from recycled Ash wood - it's a very smooth spinner with a slow to medium spinning speed and a short spinning time if used as a supported spindle but a longer spin time if used as a drop spindle; please note that this design doesn't produce the high spinning speeds of, for example, the Tibetan-style spindles due to the thicker mid-section of the shaft. The design is similar to those shown in the University of Innsbruck's online spindle photo collection.

The shaft has a "cap" at the upper tip allows for this spindle to be used as a drop spindle - it will hold a half-hitch knot or simple wrap of thread (as shown in 1st photo). I prefer to use these as drop spindles, but others prefer the supported spinning style. It can also be used as a support spindle with the cap at the top, as some spinners don't like to have the thread "flip" off the upper tip, but prefer to use a half-hitch when spinning supported; it can also be flipped and spun on the "cap" as a support spindle (2nd photo).

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I try to ship within 1 business day following orders for items in stock. My husband is a transplant patient, so we have frequent medical appointments that sometimes require hospitalization - if this occurs, I will contact buyers to ensure that they approve any shipping delays that might occur, and will refund 100% if the delay is unacceptable to the customer. So far, we've not had more than a day or 2 delay due to medical issues.


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