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I'm a woodworker and a leather artist/crafter. Photography and astronomy are my passions.

I'm descended from the Shawnee Chief Cornstalk who was killed in 1777.

I am also of Scots-Irish descent and VERY proud of my heritage and my culture. I do not apologize for my culture, nor am I "politically correct", and do not tolerate others who think that it is a necessity to be so.

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Sunday, August 26, 2007

Charkha, Marion, Spindle pics

Below you will find my promised pics of the Mother Marion kick spindle, my reversible top/bottom whorl drop spindle, my Spindolyn © reproduction, and my completed box charkha., all of which I handmade for my personal spinning use.

Enjoy, and be sure to comment!


Sheena said...

I'm impressed!!! Very nice, I have a spindolyn and can't master it yet. I love the Charka.

Tameson said...

Can you actually close the box charka w/out disassembley? Or it it a really quick assembly/disassembly that it doesn't matter?

Really impressive stuff...you need to start your own spindle business.

Aeryck de Sade said...

The wheels do need to come off in order to close the box. I made it so that the wheels could just lift off if I need to close it, though, so it's no big deal.

When I make my next one I will more than likely take two bottoms from a larger box and hinge them together, more as in the traditional box charkha's construction. I made this one to be as small as possible so that I could have it with me along with all of my college textbooks, so it needed to be SMALL.

I do not really have much experience in cotton spinning, though, as I always spin wool, but it spins wool wonderfully and in quite fine fibers. This is more of a work in progress for me with the charkhas, as I've pretty much just started to become interested in making them, so I'm sure there will be some evolutions in my methods of construction and such as time goes by.

And thank you both for the compliments. I will make spindles for people that request them, but I'm not sure that I could do it full time with my school schedule and such. I was considering making a bunch of a general type such as my reversible drop spindle and making them available for purchase/trade for those who are interested. Just let me know; if there's an interest, then I'll make them available!

Marion said...

Im so so impressed i have been dreaming of making the 3 things you made i have the plans for the Charka, the Marion i have not figured out yet but i have never seen one in person. and please share if you can how to make the spindolyn and Marion please? God Bless you here is my blog addy http://knittingspinningsewingcrocheting.blogspot.com/

Aeryck de Sade said...


Thank you so much for your input and compliments!

If you have the plans for the charkha, then you're almost there. I did find that some of the items listed in the plans from Spin Off had to be substituted when I made it, but you may have better luck in finding the exact parts list that they mention. I'm kinda of a "wing it" sort of person with these type of things, so I usually look at something and then attempt to duplicate it.

I'm working on plans for the Marion, but it's really pretty straightforward. I bought what is called a "bun foot" that is available in the table legs section in the local home improvement stores (Loewe's, Home Depot). Then I took some scrap wood and attached them as seen in the photos with the largest and heaviest piece being the horizontal base. Now is the room for creativity part, because I've seen several different variations in design here...

Through the vertical stabilization piece, I drilled a hole approximately at a 45 degree angle. I also drilled a corresponding hole in the base for supporting the end of the spindle, and also added a smaller piece of scrap wood at the end of that board just for more stabilization of the spindle's end.

I then sharpened a 3/8" wood dowel for the insert into the base's hole, and slightly sharpened the other end as well (since I have a hook attached at that end, it should be flat enough for the 1/2" brass cup hook to screw into without splitting the end of the dowel). I also pre-drilled the end of the dowel for the cup hook to screw into using a SMALL hobby drill that looks similar to a pen that I bought at Radio Shack (I use this for drilling holes in PC board when making electronics as well).

I also make sure that at any point where the boards are joined, I use Gorilla Glue in addition to screws (which also has Gorilla Glue in the screw holes, but don't use TOO much as this is a very expanding glue that turns to a hard foam-like consistency).

Now all you have to do is insert the dowel through the upper hole and slide it into the bun foot (after you remove the screw that is already in the foot when you buy it, as well as drilling a 3/8" hold through that bun foot). Put a small amount of glue into the bun foot before sliding the dowel through. Also, although not in my picture, I bought some bamboo coasters from Wal-Mart and removed the stuck on cork cover, drilled a hole in the coaster, slid it over the dowel to prevent the yarn from getting in the hole. Attach the cup hook (with a tiny amount of glue on the threads) and you're done.

Sounds like a lot, but it really only takes a few minutes to put it all together, especially if all that you have to buy is the bun foot and dowel. I've also seen Marion's with rubber wheels, much like what's on a push lawn mower (visit your local county landfill for all the free wheels and parts that you can imagine). Personally, I just spin barefoot, so the wood is just fine for me so long as you've not varnished and finished it to a great slippery shine. Mine seems to spin for an adequately long time, but there are versions that have ball bearings in the hole where the dowel rests on the base in order to make it spin longer, but that's your call. Also, using some sewing machine or spinning wheel oil in this hole makes it go a little easier, as well as making sure that the hole itself (both of them, actually) are larger than the dowel. I just drilled them open a little more than the dowel without going to the next largest size drill bit (move the drill around a little when drilling).

So, in all, there you have the non-illustrated version of how to make a Mother Marion kick spindle!

I will also post this as a regular entry since I've already had a couple people ask elsewhere about this.

As for your other question, I'll send you a message separately.

Em said...

Very good! I'm impressed with your various DIY spinning implements, and inspired to make more things myself! I would be most interested in hearing how you interpreted the 'spindolyn'...