Ed has designed an exceedingly tiny spindle: the Bee Hummingbird.
Just as the Bee Hummingbird is the smallest living bird, the Jenkins Bee Hummingbird is the tiniest functional spindle!
Warning: The Bee is so small and lightweight that it’s best suited for people who love spinning cobweb thin yarns and don’t mind a spindle that will quickly reverse direction into a back-spin
In 2017, after countless attempts and years of trying, Ed Jenkins was finally able to achieve his dream of making a super tiny spindle ranging in weight 2 – 6 grams that is balanced and spins well, albeit for a short duration.
Snakewood Bee next to a Susan B Anthony Dollar.
(Side note: Susan B Anthony was a 2nd cousin of Ed’s grandmother.)
Each Bee will come in a little container with one extra shaft. An earring shaft/post is also available upon request when purchasing for those who’d like to wear the Bee as an earring!
Two very important facts:
1) These spindles are seriously TINY – they can only spin very fine yarns referred to a cobweb. They are not suitable for anything else.
Pictured below: A Bee next to a filled Finch.
2) Ed will not be able to make a new shaft for one if you lose or break it. The shafts are challenging enough to make for each individual bee that it’s impossible to guarantee it will spin well with a new shaft.
Fiber Capacity: less than an ounce
Yarn Types: Cobweb only
Price: $65 for most woods; Snakewood $75
S&H for 1st spindle: US – $7.90, Priority
International- $13.75. No guarantee of delivery once the spindle leaves our local Post Office.
Bees will be randomly posted in the Store as Ed makes them.