There seems to be some debate regarding how these spindles are used, supported, handheld, semi-suspended or suspended. The belly at the bottom of the spindle is used to store the spun yarn. This one has a spiralled groove but many just have a hook or nothing at all.Styles also vary tremendously. These are hand crafted according to a variety of vintage french styles including the ones shown here and are made from a hard wood. They are made to order and are 'antiqued' using natural stains and effects.