Overall Length: 29cms. (11 and 7/16ins.)
Maximum Diameter: 1.2cms. (1/2in.)
These Tasmanian Oak spindle shafts have been hand turned by me to a so called medieval style. The the bottom taper of the shaft has been turned to a 5 degree taper so that any of my whorls will fit without requiring an elastic band or something similar to keep the whorl on the shaft. My whorls also have a 5 degree taper turned in the central hole and because of the good central fit you can also use them as a support spindle as well as a drop spindle and yes they are well balanced and you will get a very good balanced spin if you do use them as a support spindle which is why I put a point on the bottom..
These shafts will take whorls with straight holes but you should try to use whorls with tapered holes when possible otherwise you will be using a small rubber band or some other device in an attempt to keep the whorl in place.
These shafts have been given my usual finish, that is they have been been turned and sanded down to 600 grit emery paper and then soaked in Tung oil, which is a natural drying oil and when dry, buffed through various compounds down to about 6000 grit and a final buff with carnauba wax. As always I strive to produce a quality item of heirloom quality which will last for many years and be handed on to the next generation.
I use carnauba wax for several reasons, it gives an absolutely beautiful finish which is second to none, another reason is that it will withstand elevated temperatures unlike beeswax which will begin to soften at around body temperature. Another reason is that unlike shellac or french polish it will normally survive the occasional brush with hot liquids such as coffee etc, french polish has a tendency to go a little milky when it comes into contact with liquids or alchohol. Carnauba wax is also extremely hard wearing and should give many years of use.