Maker: Twisted Grain
Weight: 34 g / 1.25 oz
Style: Russian Spindle
Woods: Gaboon Ebony
She's a beaut! My sample was shipped with this spindle so I am unsure of its contents but it has sparkle :P
I saw these spindles online and thought - wow, that's unique looking! I quickly joined the Twisted Grain group on Ravelry and poured though the many pictures of her work. Really. Beautiful. Stuff.
The tip has been sectioned off to make sure you are giving yourself enough room to flick the spindle into motion but if you are packing on the fibre, then this is just one more step you must climb. The tip is quite pointy and I do protect it when not in use. The ebony wood isn't as hard as some others and I don't want to cause any damage.
The spinning point isn't as sharp as the other end of the shaft but that's good because it wouldn't stay that way for long. It has been nicely tapered and is symmetrical all around. The increments of barbs help with the gumption this spindle possesses. They all work together building up that much more weight to balance everything out. Super cool. You can also store spun fibre this far down the shaft if you are spinning a large skein - the barbs will help keep your singles in place.
Length of spin: 6.86 (average of three tests)
Fibre storage ability: Excellent
Looks: Evil with a trick up it's sleeve
Overall Rating: 10/10
If you ever get the chance to try one of these out - DO. I would love to add more Twisted Grain spindles to my collection and soon won't be fast enough. These spinners are amazing and joy to spin on! Adrienne was super friendly when it came to custom orders and she was very fast in making the spindle up for me. I love this spindle.