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See below for our NEW small nostepinde, made for winding fine yarns, and the bicolored yarn gauge, which lets you see dark yarn on a light background, and vice versa!

 

Hand Spindles
 
    Our spindles are made from select North American hardwoods chosen for their durability and beauty. Spindles are available in ash, cherry, hickory, maple, red oak and walnut. Each wood has a characteristic average weight with maple and hickory the heaviest and ash, cherry, and walnut the lightest. Woods also vary somewhat in color with hickory the most variable. Because wood grain can affect spindle performance, orientation of grain is optimized for each spindle making a truer turning, longer spinning spindle.
    Spindles start out as lumber.  Each spindle is made without the use of duplicating machinery.  Hands guide gouges, apply sandpaper, bend wire into hooks, file notches and rub on oil.  Shafts and whorls are roughed out separately, fitted together and glued. Roughed-out spindles are turned on a lathe as a single piece. This assures that the shaft and whorl are aligned precisely and the resulting spindle is balanced.  All spindles have a hand made stainless steel hook and receive two coats of Tried and True™ Original Wood Finish.
    Lets talk brass tacks about balance.  Because choice of wood can dramatically affect spindle performance, I put much effort into the selection of lumber.  Despite my effort, some spindles do not perform to my exacting standards because wood is, after all, a natural product.  These spindles are balanced by adding a solid brass brad to the rim of the whorl.  The brad is a hallmark of our commitment to performance.
    The spindles are made individually in small batches. As a result, each spindle has its own unique character.  Each spindle has a label listing its weight and type of wood. Custom weights and woods are available. Dimensions given in the descriptions are approximate.

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Function. Even the most beautiful spindle may perform poorly. Our goal is to make spindles that surpass the requirements of the spinner.

Balance. We strive for balance between craft and utility. The care with which our spindles are made is a reflection of our committment to high craft.

Beauty. North American hardwoods, graceful curves, meticulous finish and pride in craftsmanship result in beautiful spindles that perform superbly.

 

Mid Whorl Spindle


Mid whorl spindles have the whorl located about one-third the length of the shaft below the hook.  They are available in large (30-60 grams, shaft 12-1/2”, whorl 3-1/4”), medium (25-40 grams, shaft 11”, whorl 2-7/8”) and small (20-35 grams, shaft 9”, whorl 2-7/16”).  The hand made "swan's neck" hook is stainless steel, and the whorl is rim-weighted.  Available only in ash, cherry, hickory, maple, red oak, walnut and white oak.

Prices: small $44, medium $48, large $54.

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Other Fiber Art Tools

Niddy Noddys
 
Our niddy noddys are collapsible, allowing for easy removal of the skein and for carrying in your fiber bag. Three sizes are available: 2 yard, 1 yard and sampler.  Available only in maple, cherry, walnut and red oak.
 
Prices: sampler $32,1-yard $39, 2-yard $49.

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Niddy Noddys (two-yard, disassembled)

 
 
 
 
Top Whorl Spindle

Top whorl spindles feature our stainless steel “low profile” hook.  This hand made hook was designed for travel spindles so they would not snag other items in the travel bag.  Top whorl spindles come in large (40-60 grams, shaft 11”, whorl 3-1/4”), medium (30-50 grams, shaft 9-3/4", whorl 2-7/8") and small (15-25 grams, shaft 8”, whorl 2-7/16”).  
Available only in ash, cherry, hickory, maple, red oak, walnut and white oak.
 
Prices: small $44, medium $48, large $54.

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Maggie™ Low Whorl Spindle
 
The Maggie low whorl spindles have the shaft below the whorl extra long so the spindle can be rolled down the thigh or spun between the feet. They are available in large (40-55 grams, shaft 13-3/4”, whorl 3-1/4”), medium (30-45 grams, shaft 13”, whorl 2-7/8”) and small (20-35 grams, shaft 12-1/8”, whorl 2-7/16”).  The hand made "swan's neck" hook is stainless steel, and the whorl is rim-weighted.   Available only in ash, cherry, hickory, maple, red oak, walnut and white oak.
 
Prices: small $48, medium $52, large $57.

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Traditional Low Whorl Spindle
 
These spindles have the whorl located near the end opposite the hook.  Traditional low whorl spindles come in large (30-60 grams, shaft 12-1/4”, whorl 3-1/4”) and small (20-40 grams, shaft 10 3/4”, whorl 2-7/16”). The hand made "swan's neck" hook is stainless steel, and the whorl is rim-weighted.   Available only in ash, cherry, hickory, maple, red oak, walnut and white oak.
 
Prices: small $44, medium $48, large $54.

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WOOD CHOICES

Woods that are “always available” we purchase from a local lumberyard.  Sometimes the lumberyard has special order lumber from which we can purchase a good supply.

The following woods are always available:

     ash

     cherry

     hard maple

     hickory           

     red oak

     walnut

     white oak

 

Also currently available in good supply:

     African mahogany

     birch

     pecan

     red grandis

     sapele


Woods that we harvest are ones that John has taken from tree to finished blank.  This requires cutting wood from the tree; air drying it for one to several years; and milling it into a useful size.  These woods are not available from the local lumberyard and the $5.00 upcharge is for the additional effort required to obtain them.

 

The following are woods that we have harvested and for which there is a $5.00 upcharge.  Limited availability; contact us before ordering.

     air-dried walnut

     American elm

     blue ash

     green ash

     hackberry

     quarter-sawn sycamore

     quarter-sawn honey locust

     tiger silver maple

     peach

     apple

     crab apple

     pear


PLEASE, when ordering, be sure to indicate the type of wood you want.

 

To see examples of these and other woods, click below.

The Wood Database

 
 
Having trouble deciding what spindle to use?
Are you a beginner trying to figure out how to start?
Download our 2-page Spindle Guide!  In it you will find hints on preparing fiber, how to choose a spindle, and get started spinning.

Click here to download Spindle Guide


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Nostepinnes in cherry (top), walnut (middle) and maple (bottom)

 
Nostepinnes
 
Nostepinne literally means "ball of yarn stick." Our ball winders are simple yet elegant, with the notch across the top end to make a center pull ball.  Made from cherry, mahogany (African), maple, red oak, and walnut.  A few additional woods are occasionally available from trees John has harvested for a $5.00 upcharge (see "Wood Choices" below).  Call us for availability.

Regular Size (12" long): $29.00
Small Size (8-3/4" long): $23.00

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Introducing our new small nostepinde (bottom)!
It's perfect for winding lace weight yarn.

 
 
 
 
 
 
Needle Cases (Etuis)
 
Needle cases come in 3", 6", and 8" sizes. Three inch (actually 3-5/8") cases hold tapestry, sewing and felting needles; 6" cases are for sock knitting needles and crochet hooks; and 8" cases are for double-pointed knitting needles.  The 3" size is available in all of the woods listed in "Wood Choices" below.  The 3" etui is also available in cocobolo for $23.00.  The 6" and 8" etuis are always available in African mahongany, cherry, maple, red oak, and walnut.  A few additional woods are occasionally available from trees John has harvested for a $5.00 upcharge (see "Wood Choices" below).  Contact us for availabiity.

Prices are $21.00 (3"), $25.00 (3" in cocobolo), $25.00 (6"), and $29.00 (8").
 
 

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Tapestry & Navajo Weaving Forks

The World's Best Weaving Forks

Designed for tapestry and Navajo style weaving or for repair of woven textiles, these finely handcrafted forks are as wonderful to the touch as they are to use.  Like all Magpie WoodWorks products, the forks combine beauty with superior functionality.


The tapered, hardened, stainless steel teeth in our forks are U.S.-made RESCO™ pet combs. The teeth are set in a brass bar that forms a rigid backbone for the comb.  The comb is embedded in the handle using epoxy resin for extreme strength and durability.

Handles are shaped by hand and finished with two coats of linseed oil and bee's wax for a satiny finish that is a pleasure to hold.


Weavers have three styles to choose from:  mini (3/4"W X 8-1/2"L), medium (2"W X 9-1/2"L), and large (2-1/4"W X 8-1/2"L).  Forks are available in any of the woods listed in
"Wood Choices" list below.

 

The forks are available in a wide range of tines per inch (tpi), making them useful for many weaving setts.  Minis are made with 10 or 12 tines per inch; medium and large forks come in 5.5, 7, 10, and 12 tpi.  When ordering, PLEASE tell us what tpi you would like.

 

Prices: mini, $37; medium, $59; large, $65.

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Medium, mini without handle constriction (no longer in production), mini with constriction, large

 
 
 
 Felting Needle Holder
 
Felting needle holders are made using a sturdy, industrial quality pin vise with a turned wooden handle. The holder stores one needle.  Holders are available in any of the woods listed in "Wood Choices" list to the left.  Overall length of the holder is about six inches, diameter three-eighths to one-half inches. Our needle holders use needles that have had the bend clipped off; instructions for removing bends are provided. Clipped needles can be purchased from us for $1.00 each and are available in 36 and 40 gauge triangular blade and 38 gauge star blade.
 
Price: $29.00, includes one needle.

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Darning Eggs

 

They're not just for darning any more!  Use one of our eggs when closing the toe on hand knit socks.  Darning eggs are laminated either from a single piece of wood using a technique known as "book matching," or from a combination of woods.  Book matching often results in interesting patterns in the grain.  Differences in the woods are highlighted when combined to make an egg.  Eggs are 6-1/2” long and about 2-1/8" in diameter.   Available in only hard maple, cherry, walnut or a combination of the three woods. 

 

Price: $30.00

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Yarn Gauges
 
Yarn gauges are used to determine the diameter of yarn.  Yarn is wrapped around the straight portion of the gauge, which is one inch in length, and the number of wraps counted, giving wraps per inch.  Gauges are about 4-1/4” long and come with a stainless steel screw eye for tying to spinning wheel, etc.  Yarn gauges are available in any of the woods listed in "Wood Choices" list to the left.
 
We also offer a "bicolor" yarn gauge in laminated maple and walnut that allows users to view yarn either against a dark-colored background (walnut) or light-colored background (maple).  It's the yarn gauge in the middle in the picture below.
 
Price is $18.00 for solid color wood; $20.00 for the bicolor.

Maple, bicolor and walnut yarn gauge
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