What is a stalk free pass?
Stalk free passes allow the winner of the pass to select one product from the next spindle update to be reserved in his or her name to avoid having to "stalk" the update when the products go live to purchase. They are currently given away by lottery and you can sign up by visiting the Woodland Handcrafts Ravelry group. There are a few rules to remember regarding the passes:
- The pass can be used for one product listing only. If a single listing includes multiple items (such as a spindle set or spindle and bowl set) the pass can be used for that listing as well.
- You can only win one pass per month.
- The pass is only good for the store update for which it is drawn. If there are no products in the store update that you would like to purchase, you are not required to purchase anything. However, you must forfeit the pass; it can not be used on a future store update.
- The pass cannot be gifted or transferred to another person.
Product previews are usually posted to the store the day before the update and the winner of the pass needs to let us know his or her choice prior to the store update.
I can never seem to find any products for sale in your store. When are listings up?
The listings for new spindles and spindle bowls are typically loaded Saturdays at noon Central time, and listings for fiber are loaded at 2 PM. We stagger listings like this so customers have a better chance of getting a spindle and fiber; they don't have to choose between one or the other when the listings go live. Product previews are loaded at least a day prior to the store updates so customers can see what will be in the updates.
The listings won't show up in the store until the time of the update. This is done for two reasons. First, it allows everything to be loaded to the store at one time instead of one product at a time. Second, it helps to deter bots. A "bot" is an application that automatically checks out of an online store. It gets through the checkout process much faster than any person could. Many bots work by pre-loading the URL (website address) of the product so that the purchasing process is automated as soon as the listing is posted. Our spindle listings are uploaded with a random URL extension (the last part of the website address) so that the listing URL cannot be determined until the time of the store update.
What is a whorl to shaft density ratio?
This number is included in the listing of spindles with a whorl. It is the ratio of the density of the wood from which the whorl is made to the density of the wood from which the shaft is made, and will range from approximately 0.5 to 2. A spindle with a higher number will tend to have a longer spin time but may be more difficult to flick or have a slower spin than a spindle with a lower number. The number can be used along with the weight of the spindle to give a relative idea how it will spin. For example, if you own two Teacups of a similar weight, but one has a ratio of 0.7 and one has a ratio of 1.2 and you prefer the 0.7, it may be best to seek Teacups closer to 0.7.
Are your spindles balanced? I don't see any balancing pins/weights like I see on some other makers' spindles.
All spindle whorls are balanced using one of three methods: 1) brass balancing pins weighing as little as 0.01 oz inserted internally (through the hole the shaft goes through), 2) removing material from the inside of the whorl where it contacts the shaft and is not visible, or 3) on some carved spindles, carving off more of the heavier side. All of these methods result in a spindle that is perfectly balanced yet has no visible balancing pins. The goal when balancing is for the spindle to feel like it's sitting still while spinning, with no vibration whatsoever.
Do you ship internationally? What are shipping costs? How long will it take to receive my order?
Most products can be shipped internationally. Shipping is typically $5 for orders shipped to U.S. destinations, $10 to Canada and $15 to all other countries for items that will fit into one box. If ordering multiple items that can be shipped together, shipping will be combined if possible. Orders are shipped USPS First Class unless otherwise requested, which takes between 2 and 5 business days domestically. You should receive tracking information once your order is shipped so you can track its progress. If you do not and would like it, please contact me. International orders can take 2 weeks or longer.
Please note that products containing rosewoods (including African blackwood and cocobolo) and some other woods can only be shipped within the U.S. due to CITES restrictions.
If your order is damaged or lost in shipping, please contact us. Orders shipped to U.S. locations that are lost in the mail are eligible for refunds after 30 days have elapsed since shipment. Because international orders take longer to be delivered and can sometimes get stuck in customs for long periods of time, refunds are available for lost international orders after 60 days have elapsed since shipment. In most cases, lost orders will be refunded rather than replaced.
Please note that once USPS tracking shows that an order has been delivered, refunds and/or replacements will typically not be issued in the event of a lost or stolen package. If you're concerned about theft in your area, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org immediately after placing your order and request that a signature be required for delivery at no extra charge.
What is your policy on refunds and exchanges?
Our goal is for every product we make to be of exceptional quality. All spindles are inspected and tested prior to being sold, so defects are exceptionally rare. However, if you have one of our products and it does not meet your expectations in any way, please contact us. Repairs or replacements that are necessary due to faulty craftsmanship (e.g. warped shaft) will be done for no charge or for the cost of shipping. The cost of other repairs varies depending on the nature of the repair and can be up to the original cost of the spindle, although simple repairs such as fixing a dented spinning tip are usually done for free. Please be aware that one-piece spindles (e.g. Russian style spindles and wands) cannot be repaired if broken, so be careful with your spindles!
When a refund or exchange is deemed appropriate, it is at our discretion which will be given. Due to the unique nature of many of our spindles (especially those which are carved), they are sometimes not feasible to replace.
I only want spindles made from sustainable woods. Are the woods you use sustainable?
Unfortunately, many of the most beautiful and exotic woods are rare and becoming increasingly so. We only purchase wood from reputable suppliers who obtain wood legally and are under strict regulations regarding the types and quantities of woods they're allowed to import. We use sustainable domestic woods for many of the spindles and bowls and do not use species considered to be endangered on the IUCN red list or in Appendix I of the CITES (Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species) list. In general, these are the species most likely to go extinct in the relatively near future. However, both CITES and IUCN have several "levels" and include at lower levels many popular decorative woods such as cocobolo and zebrawood. If you are concerned with purchasing products made only from sustainable woods, we would encourage you to review the CITES and IUCN lists, which are available online. There is also a more user-friendly list of threatened and endangered woods over at the The Wood Database.
How do I care for my spindle?
On most spindles, the final finish is a combination of walnut oil, wax, and shellac. The walnut oil "pops the grain", greatly enhancing the figure and chatoyancy in the wood, and the shellac and wax leave a durable and shiny yet natural-looking finish. To care for this type of finish, it is recommended to only wipe it with a clean, dry cloth. Do not apply other finishes such as polyurethane or any product containing a solvent (such as alcohol) over the existing finish. Please contact us if you have any problems with the finish on your spindle.
Although only well-seasoned wood is used for spindle shafts, large changes in heat or moisture can make the shaft warp. It is highly recommended to never leave a spindle in a hot place, such as in a car during the summer, or to get it wet. If possible, keep it in a relatively cool, dry place away from small children and pets. To achieve a fast spin, the shafts on our support spindles are quite thin, especially at the flicking tip, and can easily break if not properly cared for.
How can I leave feedback?
If you have any issues at all with any of our products, please contact us directly at email@example.com and we will work with you to remedy the issue. We encourage and welcome all feedback, including constructive negative feedback. We can only fix problems and improve our products if we know there is an issue. If you'd like to leave general feedback or see what others have to say about our products, there is a Woodland Handcrafts group on Ravelry.