Pretty sure …? that I did everything at the shop today, the closing procedures, I mean. There’s nothing missing from the mental list, nothing to do with money or lights or locks or anything else; it just feels as if someone else was there all afternoon and I was watching.
Around the time I came in a woman was browsing, talking to Perry, and stepping over the dog. She wanted to know what the fiber was for, and Perry told her about felting and spinning, that she spins with a wheel, and I spin with a drop spindle. So she didn’t know what a spindle was, so I came over and took one that had a little bit of fine black yarn started on it, and twirled it around. Then, because that proves nothing, I reached for a little piece of grey fluff hanging over the rim of an open bag of wool, used the black yarn as a leader, and showed how the twist climbs into the little disordered cloud. I spun a fine thread, finer than what was already there. It broke but I started again, reproduced it. She couldn’t at first see how this was related to yarn that you make sweaters from. You can ply two, three, or more together, I said. You can also make them much thicker than this. I rolled a piece on my thigh — “oh, so this” — the spindle — “is just there to keep it turning.” Pretty much. It’s a machine, as I mentioned here a bit earlier, just one with no moving parts. She kept thanking me and apologizing for taking up my time. But that was what I came to do, mostly. I had chosen some random spindle that was just okay … on purpose. We also have several of these right now, but I have never yet seen anyone pick one up without buying it (it’s happened to me twice now), that’s how good they are. I know not to pick one up and wave it around carelessly, because they’re magic; they teleport your money to Oregon.
And here for your enjoyment is a bubinga tree (Guibourtia demeusei) of Cameroon:
(image source: http://www.woodworkerssource.com/blog/?p=1570)
8 Reasons Why Bubinga Is Awesome (includes images of beautiful bubinga-wood things other than spindles; the ninth reason has to be that it’s just a fun word to say.)