I got to teach my wife to turn today. This is her first distaff. She spins a lot so the design is what she wanted and she has been thinking about it while. It feeds upright and upside down. I think she was surprised how well it worked.
It’s winter and I can’t forage, so I am learning to turn supported spindles. It’s really fun. I modified a broken metal turning lathe and have been practicing on pine because it’s soft and easy. My Wife spins all the time. We have been making and modifying spindles of different types all summer, but the pine spindles are really my first try at making nice spindles. I am switching to chestnut and maple (from the woods) now that I have better idea how to shape them. I hope to have some really cool ones made by the end of winter.
The last picture shows most of spindles including the ones made by the kids and a tree of Gondor one, I made with the 3D printer. The kids are spinning too. Maybe I should learn how to do that next. 😊
My wife asked me to make her a Lazy Kate. I messed the one up I was trying making out of oak. So I made this as a stop gap, so she could get some plying done. It works so well and is so adjustable I think she is just going to use it.
My wife is experimenting with mushroom dyes. So today I was just out for colors. Mordant will be a heavy base. I will post result good, or bad down the road. She is spinning with a needle style spindle I made for her. I will post that too, but today is just mushrooms.