Reflections on 'Du temps perdue' (Ancient Source Spindles)

These are simple spindles, just a shaft and whorl, made from wood with the occasional stone whorl thrown in. One of a kind. Not fancy. Just elemental.

I pick up one of these. The whorl is part of a branch made smooth and round, the shaft split out of a stiff bit of soft wood. The spindle twirls easily in a bowl. Fine cotton yarn peels out of the cotton in my hand and winds on to the shaft above the branch whorl. There is something timeless about this spindle. There is something timeless about the act of spinning on it.