I have been thinking a lot about teaching spinning and weaving. However it is quite a jump to put yourself “out there”, especially when there may not be much demand. I have two spinning wheels so I could teach someone to spin, but if the students don’t have access to a wheel after class there isn’t much reason to learn.
Starting with a drop spindle may be a better way to go. Because I think the class should include some wool and a spindle, I have been trying to make a fairly good, cheap spindle. When I taught the kids at my daughter’s school I used some kebab sticks and potatoes. I need something a bit better than that! And here are a few of my test models.
They still need some work, and I found it is hard to drill a straight hole into a piece of wood, (which is important so the spindle spins true!) I have been testing them and they work better than I expected.
Now I just need to find some students!