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Two spindles…Last Opportunity to Own a Student Design Tibetan, Turned by Neal Brand!!

The last 2 — yes two (2!) — spindles designed by Calculus students and turned by mathematics Professor and spindle maker extraordinaire Neal Brand are up for auction on Ebay this week!!!

Students were challenged to design an original spindle — developing the shape, size and choosing woods to make them from. Groups of students were tasked to calculate the moment of Inertia of Neal’s well-known Tibetan spindles and use this as the basis their Tibetan designs.

Whether or not you understand the calculus figures that make for an awesome spindle isn’t as important as knowing this calculation works AND you can trust in the wood-turning talent Neal Brand possesses.

All proceeds go to a scholarship fund at the University of North Texas (info copied directly from the department website below**)


Spindle #1:


This support spindle weighs 1.4 ounces (41 g), its height is 9.5 inches and its diameter is 1.6 inches. The wood is snakewood — a very rare and expensive wood.




The shaft is purpleheart and the whorl is ebony; this unique Tibetan weighs 1.5 ounces (43 g), is 10 inches long and its diameter is 1.1 inches.


Should the e-bay links not work, simple go to http://www.ebay.com and enter “Neal Brand” to locate and bid on the spindles.

Support a great cause — you might end up with a OOAK spindle, bringing you joy for years to come!

Thank You to Mr. Neal Brand, his students and everyone that takes the time to read & bid on these spindles — the last 2!


**John Ed Allen Mathematics Scholarship Fund

In June 1999, Dr. John Ed Allen stepped down as Chair of the Mathematics Department after serving 23 years in that position. Throughout his tenure as chair, the department grew from a small one that focused on undergraduate education and a masters program to a comprehensive research department with strong programs at the undergraduate through Ph.D. levels. At the time Dr. Allen stepped down, he had hired all but two of the current Mathematics Department Faculty.

While Chair, Dr. Allen particularly enjoyed working with the graduate students. He served both as Chair and Graduate Advisor. Although this took a tremendous amount of time, Dr. Allen found his interaction with the graduate students to be productive for the students and rewarding for him. Over the years, both graduate students and undergraduate students have appreciated his gentle advice and kind help.

Math faculty members and graduate students contributed most of the money in the fund. You are welcome to become involved in this opportunity to honor Dr. Allen’s contribution to mathematics at UNT and help UNT mathematics majors and graduate students.

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