Help with Niddy Noddy

While skeining up 5 oz. of lace weight yarn this evening, I broke my niddy noddy.

The picture on the left is a picture I took back in September 2003. See how the cross bar is already bowing in this photo? I had 3x the yardage on it today when it broke.

If any of you know the woodworker of the said niddy noddy, please drop me a note. (Click on image for a larger view.)

I bought the niddy noddy from Weaving Works in Seattle about 5 years ago. I remember meeting the lovely gentleman who made these beauties at Black Sheep Gathering a few years back. That logo you see on the shaft is his branding mark. Any help in identifying this would be greatly appreciated. I will trade stash for information. How’s that for incentive?

I don’t know what I would do with the information other than perhaps try and see if I can order an extra cross bar. I should be able to fashion a new crossbar with some dowels from the lumber store, but these crossbars are slightly tapered from one end to the other so that it fits snuggly in the handle but doesn’t slide all the way through.

It may not be the sturdiest niddy noddy for winding on a lot of yardage, but I absolutely love the wood and the finish.

So, in addition to finding or fashioning a new crossbar, I need to buy a new niddy noddy. Any suggestions out there for favorites? Aesthetics are just as important as design and function. What about a skeinwinders? I would think that skeinwinders would be better for lots of yardage — although the winding lots of yardage on to the niddy noddy is a great way to tone the upper arm. Besides, I love the way it breaks down for workshops and such.