This past weekend, I hosted a Facebook Live “fashion show” of my favorite supported spindles, of all the ones in my personal collection. It was very hard to narrow it down to just 10 or so! If you missed the event, you can still view it on the Spanish Peacock Facebook page.
I will be posting photos and descriptions of each spindle displayed in the fashion show on this blog, so if there was one (or several) spindles you wanted to learn more about, stay tuned!
It should go without saying that the first spindle displayed was The World’s Most Beautiful Spindle. The spindle has a shaft length of just over 12″, which is about average for the Spanish Peacock Tibetan style. The weight is 38 grams, mostly due to the dense ebony shaft.
The World’s Most Beautiful Spindle has a flawless spin, despite the amboyna burl wood used for the whorl. Burls rarely make good spindle whorls because the differing weights of the knots which create the burl’s beauty, but somehow this one balanced perfectly. The matching bowl was cut and shaped to retain the maximum natural characteristic of the wood, while still providing a smooth interior surface for the spindle while spinning.
This spindle is one of the most famous that Mike has ever made, because we use it regularly in photo shoots and layouts. Look for it in the Summer 2020 issue of Ply magazine! Other famous Spanish Peacock spindles include the holly and ebony Tibetan in the “Tails and Spats” set, which graces the cover of Fleegle Spins Supported; and the ebony Russian spindle Fleegle used in one of her most viewed You Tube videos. However, while these other spindles are famous, they are not one-of-a-kind masterpieces in the same way as the World’s Most Beautiful Spindle.