Turkish Spindles

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As with my Drop Spindles IST Crafts Turkish Spindles are lovingly hand made from selected hard woods. With a design that is unique to IST Crafts they offer a very attractive spindle. This design allows me to put small brass weights in the ends of the arms so that the spindle will just keep spinning.

The heart of any Drop Spindle is the shaft.

Each spindle comes with a shaft in matching hardwood. All my timber is hand selected but I take particular care over my 'shaft wood', looking for straight close grained timber.

Each shaft is finely hand turned from the acorn bottom finial to the gentle taper of the main shaft. Particular attention is given to the joint to ensure each shaft fits securely to the cross members so ensuring the spindle spins true. Please note that the hole in the cross arms is slightly tapered so the shaft will only fit one way. The length of the shafts varies depending on the size of the spindle. Please note: the width given is at the topside of the cross members and the length is the total length of the shaft. The lengths may vary by a small amount as they are individually hand turned.

80mm:    length 140cm width 6.mm
100mm:    length 150cm width 7mm
110mm:    length 160cm width 7mm
130mm:    length 180cm width 8mm

The Cross members/Whorl.
I have hand select all of the timber for my Turkish spindles from a supplier that specialises in woods for Musical instrument. The wood is therefore of top quality and selected for its beauty. The Cross members are hand made in selected pairs ensuring the wood matches and they form a sung fit that assembles and disassembles smoothly.  

All my Turkish spindles are wrapped in acid free tissue, bubble wrap and shipped in their own individual post tube which provide a safe shipping container (see P&P on welcome page). To offer an additional benefit to my customer I offer a range of attractive colours. When shipped these are wrapped in brown parcel paper so the tubes may be kept. These then provide an attractive and safe means of travelling with your spindle to Guild and Ravelry meetings. Colours available are Gold, Silver, Red and Blue, please select your preference when ordering.


The weight of the spindle depends on what type of spinning you are doing. Lighter weights for finer threads, heavier for the thicker threads and of course your personal preference.
Weights and sizes:
Whorl size 80mm weight 10gm to 14gm
Whorl size 100mm weight 16gm to 20gm
Whorl size 110mm weight 24gm to 32gm
Whorl size 130mm weight 34gm to 42gm


All my spindles are shipped in their own individual post tube lined with CFC free foam to provide a safe shipping container (see P&P on welcome page). To offer an additional benefit to my customer I offer a range of attractive colours. When shipped these are wrapped in brown parcel paper so the tubes may be kept. These then provide an attractive and safe means of travelling with your spindle to Guild and Ravelry meetings. Colours available are Gold, Silver, Red and Blue, please select your preference when ordering.

Due to the unique design of my Turkish spindles I am able to offer the lighter woods with small Brass weights in the ends of the arms. This adds several grams to the extremities of the cross members producing a very long even spin.



Pequia Amarello with matching shaft Turkish Spindle
Aspidosperma Vargasli.
A lovely lemon yellow with a silky sheen.

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London Plane with matching shaft Turkish Spindle
Platanus * Hispawica. Grown in the UKs capital this light coloured wood has a subtle figure.

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London Plane with matching shaft Turkish Spindle


Spalted Beech with matching shaft Turkish Spindle
Fagus Sylyatica.
A native UK tree Beech spaltes very readily.
The spalting is created by fungus in the wood producing fascinating patterns in the timber.

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Spalted Beech with matching shaft Turkish Spindle


Purple heart with matching shaft Turkish Spindle
Peltogyne pubescens
A deep purple example of this wood.

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Purple heart with matching shaft Turkish Spindle


Cocobolo with matching shaft Turkish Spindle
Dalbergia retusa
This wood does vary in colour from almost orange with darker stripes to very dark!
I do have some with some sap wood which is almost white and make a nice contracts, if you would like one made with this please e-mail me.

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Cocobolo with matching shaft Turkish Spindle


English Bog Oak with matching shaft Turkish Spindle
Quercus petraea
Sourced from the East Anglian fenland basin this stock of Bog Oak has been carbon dated to 3,300 BC so is in excess of 5000 years old. Logs are excavated from a sunken forest caused by a rise in sea level that started about 7,000 years ago.

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English Bog Oak with matching shaft  Turkish Spindle


Santos Rosewood with matching shaft Turkish Spindle
Machaerium scleroxylon

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Santos Rosewood with matching shaft Turkish Spindle


Satinwood with matching shaft Turkish Spindle
The selection of Satinwood I have is very pretty showing an almost ?quilted? effect.
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Satinwood with matching shaft Turkish Spindle


Zebrano with matching shaft Turkish Spindle
Microberlinia brazzavillensis

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Zebrano with matching shaft Turkish Spindle


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