The Support Spindle, from Royale Hare, is the easiest, most convenient spinning tool to take with you anywhere! The base & whorl are precisely machined (in Sonoma County, CA) from brass, with two ball bearings in the base for smooth spinning. The spindle shaft is made from safe Delrin plastic. Tucked into our padded & fitted Guatemalan handwoven cotton carry case, your Support Spindle will safely travel in your pocket or purse. Just set on any solid surface, even a book on your lap or a airplane tray & you're ready to spin! The Support Spindle was originally designed to spin angora rabbit hair & is especially suited for fine fibers. The Support Spindle is an excellent tool for the beginning spinner since there is no need to coordinate treadling and hand movements. The accomplished spinner will find cotton easy to spin, not to mention the luxury fibers of cashmere, quivet and silk. Made with a steel pin for sturdiness, the whorl spins smoothly on a nylon washer.