Thursday, August 18, 2011
My Fun New Toy, the Trindle
As I was approaching buying a spindle, I encountered one problem over and over again -- short spindle shafts. Making my own spindles led me to do some pretty intense experimentation, and what I found out is that I like spindles with insanely long shafts. My old favorite, in fact, had a thirteen inch shaft. Which I now realize is insane. I had a hard time finding spindles with shafts over nine inches that weren't boat anchors!
So that was the first thing that drew me to the trindle -- trindle shafts are ten and a half inches long. The second thing was how customizable they are. The arms of the trindle stick into a neoprene hub, and since neoprene is so grippy, you don't need to use any glue. Thus, the arms (which are sold separately from the shaft) are interchangeable, as well as very reasonably priced. For fifteen dollars, you get a new set of arms and a functionally new spindle!
I was sold right there, however, there's one more thing that I discovered once my trindle arrived -- trindles are freaking fast. This is definitely a production spindle! Because it is so extremely rim weighted, it spins forever at high speeds. I'm not the fastest drafter ever, and I can finger flick my trindle and have it still spinning when it hits the ground. That being said, a trindle might not be the best first spindle ever because of this. If you don't draft fast enough, all kinds of wacky things happen, as that spin energy has to go somewhere.
I'm also waiting to see how much fiber I can cram on there. Because there is no whorl, you can't make a cone shaped cop, you have to make a football shaped cop. Not what I'm used to. That being said, it's doing pretty well so far, so I'm hopeful. I doubt I can cram two ounces onto it like I could the old favorite, but it should be pretty good!