I cant’ take it anymore. I need to be able to ply, and I don’t feel nervy enough do do that on a drop spindle, although it is possible. But, I also cannot afford a spinning wheel for a while. I’ve got my eye on a couple on Etsy, though, and I may just ask for part of the cost for my birthday.
In doing my research on wheels, I came across alternatives like the kickspindle/Mother Marion. Finding out about these was a big slap on the forehead moment. They’re logical and straightforward, not as intimidating as a full wheel.
Aha! This is simple enough to DIY. I’d love to be able to buy and support crafters, but I also want to be able to pay the fair price for their product. The kickspindles I’ve seen on Etsy range from 50-70 and even that is a pinch. So, off to the internet I went. I found these plans on cutoutandkeep.net and variations on the design on google. I wanted to make it as bare bones as possible, so here we are:
This is the general idea. I have a fence finial instead of a bun foot or wheel for a weight. I will be threading the dowel through a hook on that wood block. The angle may have to change to keep the finial from rubbing on the base and slowing me down, but we’ll see how it spins. I was going to cut the dowel in half, but honestly….I kind of like the absurd size! I hope it doesn’t effect the motion – if it does, it’ll be cut down and I’ll make a regular spindle from the excess.
As of writing this, production has ceased for my drill’s battery to recharge so I can get the dowel into the finial. I’ll add more later as this unfolds!