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Spindles seem to come in all shapes and sizes from tiny supported spindles to the mammoth Navaho spindle.  But this post is about drop spindles!  Do you prefer a top whorl, middle whorl, or bottom whorl?  Maybe a Turkish, Tibetan, Rusian, or Akha?

Some reference material for diving deeper into the diverse options and science:
 -  Straddle Creek's Guide to Spindles
 -  General Information on Spindles
 -  The Science of a Drop Spindle
 -  The Turkish Spindle

I prefer to make and use top whorl spindles with a hook.  This allows me to roll the spindle down my thigh or kick it with my feet.
I also prefer non-round spindles.  They sit still when you put them down.

The first spindle I made was a top whorl giant.  An intern made the whorl on our lathe and I built the spindle which I learned to spin on.  That beautiful, bulky blue yarn is in my stash.  :)

Spindles from Toy Wheels

If you want a bottom whorl then turn the wheel over and put the eye hook at the other end or carve a notch

Little Wheel - smaller weight = smaller yarn.

NON-Round - the easy square

My Favorite Shape: Hexagonal
My favorite wood: homegrown Blued Pine - the stain on the wood is from a fungal infection

I love that there are so many options!  Each of us can choose our spinning style.  

I know people who like to flick a bottom whorl spindle and my sister loves spinning on her Turkish spindles.  

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