Ahhh Goldings, always eye-catching <3
Weight: 50 g / 1 7/8 oz
Length: 10" Shaft 3" Whorl
Style: Top Whorl
Woods: Cherry with Walnut Shaft
My sample is merino/silk from The Wacky Windmill in the Pixie colourway
If you love spindles, chances are you have heard of Goldings and if you have ever checked their website you will drool over all other thier other fibre equipment. These are top of the line items, and handcrafted with extreme skill. Each spindle is unique and if you look through thier pages, you can see that there is literally something for everyone. Whatever you interests, Golding has a spindle for you. Really. Go look.
This spindle is on the heavy side (compared to others) but it is a great plying spindle and I had no troubles spinning the fibre for my sample. The signature bronze ring around the whorl is one of the Golding giveaways. These spindle spin for.ev.er and when you think they have stopped and you look down, they are still spinning and haven't slowed down. Just look at the spin time below compared to my other reviews. Golding's ring spindles are very rim weighted, they maximize spin energy. The bronze is tarnish resistant and if you polish it, it will shine nicely, otherwise you can leave it and it will darken and still look amazing.
I really love the grooves along the length of the lower portion (3.5") of the shaft. This feature makes it easy to grip when flicking your spindle or winding your yarn on. They aren't rough at all but they provide the perfect amount of grab and adds character to what could be a boring shaft.
I saved the best for last - the whorl. Hand carved and quite beautiful. Looks equally stunning when its still as when its spinning. Perfectly balanced and surrounded with bronze. The whorl has 2 notches; one at each side and the hook is bronze and a swan neck shape. Elegant. There is a lot of depth to the Celtic knots, Golding did a great job at making the wood look like it has been tied.
Length of spin: 37.8 seconds (average of three tests)
Fibre storage ability: Excellent
Overall Rating: 10/10
These spindles speak for themselves. Try one out and you will totally understand. They feel the quality they are and they are wonderful works of art and totally unique. I really like knowing that quite a bit of time went into each one and I appreciate that. Stay tuned for more Goldings in the future.