I love tools, especially wooden ones and I love drop spindles
it wasn’t difficult to justify adding to my small collection
an early birthday present to myself
a Turkish spindle from IST Crafts on the Isle of Wight in Great Britain
the arms are made from English Bog Oak from the East Anglian fenland basin, a forest submerged when ocean levels rose.
carbon dated to 3,300 B.C.
the shape of the arms allow for the insertion of a brass weight and thus a rim-weighted spindle
it spins effortlessly, like a dream
centuries ago, when I married a Britain, my in-laws lived in Ipswich in East Anglia
we lived in Portsmouth, looking across the water to the Isle of Wight
and I’m feeling a bit fossil-ish this year
the fibre is a cloud like blend of yak and silk the colour of pewter
a heavenly spin