The Bee Hummingbird is the world’s smallest living bird.
Ed’s newest spindle isn’t quite as small as the Bee Hummingbird, but it is tiny.
The Bee Hummingbird, which we’ll call Bee for short is sitting below another …
small spindle, the
Yes, they’re quite tiny.
Enchantingly, charmingly so.
I didn’t want to let go.
Introducing Ed’s latest creation: The Turkish Spindle Bee Hummingbird!
This Pink Ivory Bee spun like a, well, like a hummingbird moving its wings. And that Lilac one perched below my hand? It’s spinning capabilities were astonishing. It handled the Ply on the Fly (POF), chain plying admirably.
I didn’t think something so small and light would spin as long as it did.
This snakewood Bee spun pretty swiftly too. Dressed in POF yarn that it spun.
Get the idea of how small they are?
As with all Ed’s spindles they’re made one at a time by hand, with lots of careful sanding, so they all vary somewhat in size. Just like birds in real life. (There are no computers, nor ever will be, in Ed’s shop. He’s pretty much a confirmed Luddite.)
Looking at how small it really is.
Ed’s planning to make more these next two days to have at OFFF. These will not be available in stores as they are a real challenge to make, including sanding skin off his fingers.
Going forward after OFFF we will most likely hold drawings for them as Ed makes them. (Hooray for drawings!) Ed has to be in the right zone to make these small Bees.
There’s a large back-order list from stores that he’ll need to attend to after OFFF so it may be awhile before he has the opportunity, and feel for making them. But, Lord willing and the creek don’t rise or the forests burn down, there will be more available in the near future.