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Calling all Woolly Vikings

Posted: Mon May 07, 2007 5:34 pm
by Joolz
I saw this (below) in a book on Viking artefacts and I liked the design so much, I carved a replica, from an offcut of quarter-sawn oak.

Only problem is, I have no idea what it's for and how it would be used, other than it's used in spinning wool.

Any suggestions?

Joolz the Woodcarver & Tilemaker

Posted: Mon May 07, 2007 6:33 pm
by Phil the Grips

Posted: Mon May 07, 2007 7:20 pm
by m300572
Tis a niddy-noddy
Are you sure Phil - the niddy noddy in the link has the end parts at right angles to one another (to allow a longer skein to be wound and removed from the n-n). Could still be a winder of some sort though it has that 'wrap something cordlike around this object' look.

Posted: Mon May 07, 2007 8:14 pm
by Phil the Grips
That was the best link I could find quickly and it was to give an idea of what was done with it as a concept rather than a specific form.

I have always called anything that you can "wrap cord around and stop it getting tangled " a niddy-noddy. I assume that the form can vary through cutlures though.

Posted: Mon May 07, 2007 8:19 pm
by Teagirl
A niddy noddy is designed to allow the wound yarn to come off easily.

That looks more like a reel or holder perhaps for a length of cord for something like fishing or sounding, depending on if they used sounding as a sailing technique.

Is there any indication of the size of the object?

-Su

Posted: Mon May 07, 2007 9:25 pm
by Joolz
It is 225mm (approx 9 inches) long and carved actual size. If you grip it in the middle, there's around 2 inches of the 'necks' of the 'animals' that protrude either side of your fist. It does look like yarn should be wound around it, but it would have to be unwound to get it back off; it wouldn't just slip off. Maybe it's some kind of 'bobbin' to hold the spun yarn (seems a bit overly complicated for this, but you never know)?

Excuse my ignorance - I'm a carver not a spinner! I had you down as a wielder of swords, not a spinner of yarn, Phil!

I see you're back in the Great North East!

Joolz

Posted: Mon May 07, 2007 11:13 pm
by Teagirl
Joolz wrote:It is 225mm (approx 9 inches) long and carved actual size. If you grip it in the middle, there's around 2 inches of the 'necks' of the 'animals' that protrude either side of your fist. It does look like yarn should be wound around it, but it would have to be unwound to get it back off; it wouldn't just slip off. Maybe it's some kind of 'bobbin' to hold the spun yarn (seems a bit overly complicated for this, but you never know)?
It's pretty cool looking. Did they have kites? It looks like a bobbin for holding some sort of string. How about a yoke for very small dogs?

I'm not a carver or a spinner either but I like a challenge.

-Su

Posted: Tue May 08, 2007 12:05 am
by Tuppence
it looks like some sort of weaving or tatting shuttle to me. a bit too decorative perhaps, but in theory.....

Posted: Tue May 08, 2007 12:38 am
by Phil the Grips
I had you down as a wielder of swords, not a spinner of yarn, Phil!
You have not yet begun to plumb the depths of useless knowledge I have picked up over the years. It has become a game among my mates to find a topic I can't find a link/story/relative/connection to.

I once impresed a mate by talking (vaguely) knowledgably about historic tractor restoration, trampolining, medical lecturing, embroidery and chicken husbandry for over an hour to her parents. 'Tis the sign of true Gent :)
I see you're back in the Great North East!
yup- will catch up soon.