As an assignment for the Level 2 Master Spinners program, we need to photograph 10 different hand spindles, identify them by their name and/or type and what part of the world they are from. My good friend R. R. brought his collection for us to use and I promised my classmates the pictures and captions.
There basically two types of spindles; top whorl and bottom whorl. Then those categories are broken down into supported and unsupported. Generally top whorls are unsupported while bottoms whorls can be either unsupported or supported.
The ones here are all bottom whorl, the majority are supported spindles.
The really cool thing about Turkish spindles is that the bottom arms come off and leave you with a center pull ball.
Bottom Whorls – Supported Spindles
Many people believe that the only native spinning in the Southwest United States is done by the Navajo. However, the Pueblo people were spinning cotton before the Spanish arrived.
The Ahka Spindle is from a small tribe in Thailand. There is a very interesting post at spindling.com about them.