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Spindle set with antler whorl

This is the final (hopefully!) form of the spindle set made earlier in the year for a client in America. Previously the shaft was too heavy, too long and bellied out in the middle which would have made removal of the spun material difficult. The shaft is now parallel, with a very slight curve outwards near the antler whorl. The whole shaft has also been shortened to 170mm giving a far more pleasing appearance and allowing the whorl to work well with the shaft. The remainder of the wood for the shaft was turned into half size versions of some of the Mary Rose beads on the principle of not wasting material! 

Tiny Mary Rose style beads made from the cut-off from the shortened spindle

Spindle and beads now safely delivered to the US. Photo courtesy of Kristen Hughes