Cynthia D. Haney in front of her lathe holding a top whorl drop spindle that she made with the skew chisel.  Sweater hand knit from yarn entirely spindle spun and plied by her on her own hand turned spindles.

I am Cynthia D. Haney wood turner and owner of Cynthia Wood Spinner. I turn wood on my lathe, pictured above, and carve it by hand. Away from the workshop I spin with my drop spindles, knit, crochet, and sew.

Email is a great way to contact me:
Snail mail:
Cynthia D. Haney
1601 Falling Rock Dr.
Amherst, VA 24521
Located in the community of Tye River, Nelson County, Virginia, USA
Phone: 1-434-282-8461

About the Spindles

All my spindles are fully handmade with a hand bent and hammered copper hook, varnish finish, are notched, signed, numbered, and labeled with the weight and date made. Spindles through number 197 are weighed in increments of 1/4 oz. and marked accordingly. All are designed, crafted and finished by myself each one is unique functional art. No mechanical or computerized duplicating machines are used in the making of these spindles. I personally test spin all the spindles. I will only sell a spindle if I find it enjoyable to use. I do have to reject materials before the lathe, after turning, and the occasional spindle after finishing. In general the lighter the spindle the finer a single it will easily spin. However even on the heaviest spindle listed a moderately thin single is possible, such that a two ply would become DK to worsted weight yarn. The other direction is not as flexible, trying to spin a chunky style thick yarn on a spindle lighter than an ounce is asking for frustration. New spinners see my Intro to Drop Spindle tutorial.
All the wood I buy is as sustainably sourced and local as possible. Then I try to find good uses for the parts of boards not suited to spindle use. Usually I can make a different tool from all but the smallest scraps. Those become kindling and all the shavings go to my garden as mulch.

Spindle Maintenance

I always glue the whorl to the shaft to prevent it becoming loose from seasonal wood movement. I finish with a semi gloss polyurethane varnish so no oiling or waxing is necessary. If you spin in the grease you can use a dish soap dampened cloth followed by a water damp soap removal wipe, just don't submerge in water or leave wet. *Ebony and some other exotic whorls get a different finish, wet those at your own risk.
If you drop the spindle on the hook or bend it watch the spin first to see if a correction is necessary. When a wobble is apparent during normal spinning you will need to straighten the hook. To do so: hold the end of the shaft pinched in your fingers and gently nudge the hook with your thumb towards center. Soft small corrections are best. Each adjustment should be followed by a test spin to see if the wobble is removed.
Please if your spindle is damaged or giving you trouble I want to know.


My business, Cynthia Wood Spinner, is licensed in Nelson County, VA and registered for Virginia Sales Tax. As a result Virginia sales have 5.3% tax added.

All orders start with an email or phone call
Let me know what you want and where it will be shipped. I will confirm availability and details. I update the store as tools sell so it should be accurate except the week following a festival.
Wood will change color over time, this may take many years. Sun exposure can be a factor in the changes. In most cases I can describe what the final color will become. Any metal such as spindle hooks also changes color eventually patina or tarnish develops.


I have opened a shop with Etsy as another convenient way for you to access my work. Spindles listed there are exclusive to the Etsy store.

For custom orders:

Email me with your request including type of tool, preference for wood(s), size, shape, weight, and intended use. Let me know if you have a specific timeframe in mind. I will contact you to clarify details, price, deposit, wait list timing, and ask you more questions if needed. It helps if you say what you like about the tools I have already made. Use the gallery for that part. Custom orders will require at least a $20 nonrefundable deposit. Once I receive your deposit I will get to your order as soon as possible. When your item(s) is ready I will contact you for final payment and shipping confirmation. The only way you would lose your deposit is if you decline to complete the order or are unreachable for three months upon completion. If either occurs I will instead try to sell the item(s) in my store.


I email you an invoice which allows you to pay using PayPal's secure system via credit card or your PayPal account. I ship your order when payment is received.
Or mail me a check or money order. Once it clears I will ship your order.
Either way I still need time for driving to the Post Office.


Free Standard Shipping is included on orders to all 50 states.
International orders are welcome. Shipping would be actual cost via USPS. Any customs fees, and additional taxes would be your responsibility.

Mailing List

Please email me: to join the list. If you want off at any time just say the word. See privacy below. Joining gets you a monthly newsletter not a flood of mail. The newsletter is the first place to hear about new tools, shop news, festivals, and any sales. Being more an artist than a retailer sales are infrequent. However the most recent one was exclusive to the newsletter.

Social Media

I have started a Facebook Page. More pictures and information can be found there. Likes and shares are appreciated.

If you use Pinterest find me there also. This is a great way to show off your collection or dream collection of my work. Easy pin buttons are on every picture here on the website.


Interview as seen on TV of Cynthia turning a drop spindle, spinning, and knitting.

Tutorials by Cynthia

Photo Tutorial on using a Nostepinne.

Photo Tutorial on winding a plying ball.

Festivals seem me in person

Local festival at James Madison's Montpelier where you can find my booth. Fall Fiber Festival of Virginia I have been there with at least my drop spindles since 2012.

Near Asheville, NC in late October Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair I will be vending starting 2017 in the Davis Arena

Local festival the end of April at Powhatan just outside of Richmond, Virginia. Another place you can find my booth. Powhatan's Festival of Fiber


Wonderful online community for knitters and crocheters also includes other fiber crafts. My Rav id is TyeRiver

A helpful spinning resource. Abby's Yarns

Try to find and participated in your local guild. Getting the in person experience is valuable and fun. Guild finder

Nothing is better than getting to spin in person and learn from each other. My local group is Central Virginia Fiberarts Guild we meet monthly in Charlottesville, Virginia. Formerly named Whirling Whorls.
I also joined Clotho's Handspinners the spinning guild out of Richmond, Virginia

Other Links of Possible Interest

Before I had my own booth at festivals a local fiber farming friend sold them in hers through 2014. Hope of Glory Farm

I share workshop space with my father, Thomas Haney, a fine artist. His work is surrealistic and phantasmagorical. He sculpts wood and mixed media as well as paints in acrylics. See for yourself Thomas Haney's Fine Art Gallery


I keep my privacy policy very simple if I don't want it done to me I won't do it with your information. I don't collect your info to share with others. Just simple communication as needed to do the business you initiate. I have realized a mailing list would be useful. I only add you if you ask. I will never send email that reveals your address to others on the list. Even on the list I only send out my newsletter once a month. All online payments are processed through PayPal's merchant system, as secure as I can find, their privacy policy can be found from your invoice. I never see your payment information.

© Cynthia Haney 2018.