Spinners in Exeter, England, welcome IST Crafts spindle maker Ian Tait.
|Here is a peek into the IST Crafts workshop. All photos courtesy of Ian Tait.|
|Ian uses a variety of woods in his work. Would woodworkers call this a stash?|
|IST Crafts carries a range of spindle types, including Turkish spindles.|
The May meeting of the Devon Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers (England) will include a presentation by Ian Tait of IST Crafts on spindle production. Ian is a full-time woodworker and will share with the guild how spindles are crafted in his workshop on the Isle of Wight, as well as what led him to design and build textile tools. While studying woodworking at West Dean College in Sussex, England, Ian was asked to make bobbins for the tapestry studio. Now, he offers a range of drop spindles in addition to tapestry bobbins. His love for the material and process is palpable on his website in descriptions such as ". . . the shimmering gossamer of ripple Sycamore . . ." The guild program assures members that Ian will bring plenty of spindles with him to try out, fall in love with, and purchase. I love this kind of guild meeting, don't you?