With our Barebones spindle we wanted to fill the niche for an affordable spindle that can be used as a teaching tool or for a beginner's first spindle. Frequently at shows and festivals a young customer will want a spindle but the parent is reluctant to invest a large sum on a tool that may never be used.
We had three very important criteria for this spindle: It had to look attractive, be perfectly balanced with a slow sustained spin, and stay affordable. We used premium maple and give it just enough turning to maintain a good spin, there for we cut out the use of an expensive wood and spend less time on production. We kept it simple with sizes also, with a 2 ½ inch whorl, 10 inch shaft, and weights between 1.4 and 1.7 oz.