My name is Jeri Brock. Originally from the mitten (Pure Michigan), I now call Texas my home. Other than a brief exile in Florida, I've called Texas home since 1998.
I've been manipulating fiber via knitting, crochet, etc. since my early teen years. I started working wood in the late 1990's. My primary interests are scroll saw fretwork, intarsia, and woodturning. Once a friend of mine introduced me to spinning with spindles in 2009, I found a way to combine several of my interests into one business.
I make all kinds of spindles and fiber tools, but the thing I'm best known for is the Scrolled Turk spindle, which is my original design concept. Don't settle for copy-cats. The patterns for my spindles are all hand-drawn and hand cut using a scroll saw. Currently available in three sizes, the cutouts not only add beauty to the spindle, they serve to lighten the spindle and improve the spin.
These beauties were born to fly. They are perfectly balanced, so they spin fast and long. Turkish spindles are quite versatile in that they can be used suspended or supported, which makes them perfect for spinning many different fiber types.
Every single spindle is tested by me before it leaves the shop. If it doesn't spin good enough for me, it becomes firewood or a tchotchke. I'm not just a woodworker, I'm also a spinner. I really like my top whorls and I'm getting better at using my support spindles, but I absolutely LOVE Turkish spindles!
Here a description of the Turkish spindle models currently available:
- Micro Scrolled Turk - Just 4" tall with an arm diameter of just 2.5", the Micro is perfect for the finest lace spinning, as well as airplane spinning.
- Std Scrolled Turk - The Standard is my go-to spindle. It's only 6" tall with an arm diameter of 3.75", which makes it very portable.
- Lg Scrolled Turk - This gentle giant is 9" tall with an arm diameter of 6". Many use it for spinning singles. My personal preference is using it for plying. I can ply an entire 4 oz braid onto this spindle, resulting in a single skein of handspun without breaks.