Left: Flicked Churro locks, rolled up into faux rolags. Right: Osage orange/hedge apple Russian spindle and vortex talking bowl from The Dancing Goats. The spindle has some of the Churro fleece, spun from the lock, on it.
As the title suggests, I just got a hold of my first fleeces and my first supported spindle. The fleeces were from The Spinning Loft and the spindle was a Russian compromise by Robin of The Dancing Goats. I also got a beautiful custom spinning bowl with Tolkien-style runes reading "Listen to the quarters of the wind" inscribed along the sides. Both were hedge apple/osage orange, with the spindle far lighter than the bowl. The contrast is beautiful and the tools feel like magic in my hands, and even look like magic! You can see them both in a listing here. He's put up the bowl as a regular Talking Bowl as well. Check it out. :)
Freshly arrived spindle and support bowl!
Left: Freshly washed Suffolk on the left half of the container, Navajo Churro on the right. Right: The bowl and Russian spindle with the rest of the flicked locks
On the fleeces, I went and bought an Ashford flicker on a trip to a nearby LYS. I was combing the Churro with a simple dog comb before, but this is...WOW. Just wow. I can see the advantages to both methods, of course, but for this fleece the flicker has done the rest!