Recently I commisioned a friend, Murray Dunan, to make some spindles. The Ashford Student spindles that I have been recomending to beginners for a while are perfectly adequate, but it seems a bit daft for me to encourage the import of this simplest of all tools from halfway across the globe. We have the capapbility here to produce good spindles, so lets leave Ashfords doing what they do so well, producing excellent practical spinning wheels at affordable prices, and have some spindles made right here in Perthshire.
Murray is an engineer to trade, and a few years ago he learned to spin, initially using a spindle, at one of my classes. So he has the skills to make the spindles and a good understanding of what is needed. I asked him to make a basic spindle for beginners who want to learn, but don't want to spend more than they have to, and a more deluxe spindle for those who like something a bit special.
After some discussion, some prototypes and some more discussion, here is what Murray came up with. They spin like a dream!!
Simple spindle, ideal for beginners £7.50 + £1.50 p&p
Deluxe Hardwood whorl Spindles - each one unique from £17 + £1.50 p&p
If you would like one of Murray's hand-turned spindles, drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can pay by PayPal using the same address.