Maker: Ed Tabachek
Weight: 50 g / 1 7/8 oz
Length: 10" Shaft 3" Whorl
Style: Top Whorl
Woods: Kingwood with Maple Shaft
This spindle holds a special place in my heart because it was my very first spindle. I first heard about Tabachek spindles from my spinning teacher Deb, she told me they were the best and luckily they were available in my LYS. Since I was just learning to spin, I was looking for a spindle that I could use as a beginner but I still wanted it to look really nice. I was happy that this spindle was lightweight and that, as my spinning evolved I could still use it to spin a variety of yarn weights. The size was also big enough that I could pack a substantial amount of yarn on it. It still hasn't let me down.
There are 3 notches in his spindles; at 2:00, 6:00 and 11:00 which is different from the regular placings. I like these better. The notches are also neatly made, and look like they are integrated into the whorl as opposed to an afterthought.
Look at that grain!
The end of the shaft also has the circle detailing and much of this is signature of Tabachek spindles. You could definitely use this as a bottom whorl if you wanted.
The shaping on the end also makes it easy to flick start no matter how full your spindle is. I really like when a spindle maker turns the shaft as well, its a detail that shouldn't be overlooked.
Length of spin: 24.4 seconds (average of three tests)
Fibre storage ability: Excellent
Overall Rating: 10/10
Ed has been going through some health issues and his spindles have become difficult to obtain. I have seen some for sale on the Spindle Candy group and people are asking a lot more than they bought the spindles for. I am very lucky to have at least one of each of his spindles (The Deluxe is the largest). He also makes Russians and Tibetan support spindles as well as spindle bowls and nostepinne's.
I'm very glad to have Tabachek's in my collection and if you come across one you will love them too.