Turning Archive 2004

Subject:
Drop spinning spindles *LINK*

Jim Barbour
>Any one out there making drop spinning spindles? I am interested in turning them, but know very little about the various dimensions, types, etc. Do you know of a good source for general information about the various types and their associated dimensions? How critical are the dimensions and weights, or is this a matter of individual taste and must be turned with a particular spinner in mind?

I can find lots of sites with them for sale, but not much behind-the-scenes information. I was able to locate one article by David Reed Smith in The American Woodturner from a few years back (link below to the author's version on his site), and while it is extremely helpful it does not provide anything beyond this one type of spindle and pictures of two others.

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