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Phil Powell, proprietor of Custom Wood Designs (c. 2009), wood-turner, spindle-maker extraordinaire relocated to a new cyber-space home!

Custom Wood Designs, known for a myriad of quality fiber arts tools, decided it time to carve their own niche on the Internet — a web-shop reflective of the high standards evident in his work and afforded each customer.

Considering his fans at every step, Phil’s research led him to IndieMade — a platform designed to provide artists the means to develop his/her own, self-run, website with domain (customwooddesigns.indiemade.com); methods to promote products and communicate with new and loyal customers; and a convenient, safe way for buyers to purchase items.

In the process of moving boxes, unpacking supplies, carefully organizing one-of-a-kind heirloom quality tools, as well as adding photographs and copy describing the size, weight, and wood-species, of each piece of “functional art” … The doors at Phil & Co. ARE OPEN!

The shelves at Custom Wood Designs contain a range of fair-priced fiber arts tools, including:

  • Russian Spindles* (slim shaft, comfortable flicking points, ideal for spinning any type of yarn — including fine lace!); lengths range from 10”-12”** varied tips include:
    • Metal “faster than a speeding bullet” (my words)

(Lignum Vitae, Metal point, a “rocket!”)

    • Gem bullet-shaped
    • Gem Rivoli’s 
    • Limited Runs:
      • The Queen (4 gems, metal tip) 
      • Gum Drops (Ebony shaft, metal tip)
      • The King’s Spire (unique, long & thin metal tip)
  • Drop Spindles (on average, 2” whorls; 10”-11” shafts, including hooks)
  • Ahka’s
  • “hockey puck” bowls (gradually slopes downward, so slight its barely visible … gem tips spin long and fast!!!)
  • Nostepinnes
  • Niddy-Noddy (1’ or 2’) 
  • mini-Noddy (1/2 size)
  • Orfs
  • Darning Eggs

(from my collection: Exotic B&W Ebony darning egg, shaped like a bone — the wood is absolutely gorgeous and, since I’m unable to grasp a traditional Egg, this shape makes it possible for me to easily hold)

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YOU can view and purchase items as they become available on site and, as always, patrons are welcome contact Phil — simply click “contact” at the lower left corner of any shop-page and, you will soon discover, Custom Wood Designs provides “THE BEST customer service, period.”
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* Should Phil describe a spindle as a “rocket” — for sure, it will be amongst the fastest spindles you own!

** If you require a shorter shaft, Phil is always willing to accommodate. This writer greatly appreciates the dedication to creating tools that I am able to use with ease. Fewer and fewer wood-turners are open to custom items; for individuals physically unable to use larger tools, try Custom Wood Designs.

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