True Creations

Woodturning for fun

Welcome to the True Creations Store

With over 48 years experience in custom woodturning and teaching, Jim Echter specializes in spindle turning and produces products such as Drop Spindles, Support Spindles, Nostepinnes, and Kick Spindles.  He is also well known for his architectural restoration work.  Jim writes articles for the Journal of the American Association of Woodturners. True Creations’ woodturning studio is located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Upstate NY.

Our main woodturning site is:  www.tcturning.com. Please visit to learn more about True Creations, see photos of our work, watch videos and read articles we have written.

19 years ago, Jim was asked to make drop spindles. Fortunately for him, the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival was two weeks later and he was able to connect with world class spinners and several vendors. They helped him design his spindles and became his first wholesale customers. Jim now sells his True Creations spindles throughout the US at many fiber shops.

True Creations Products

A sampling of our products.


One day, a few members of the Genesee Valley Handspinners Guild stopped by Jim’s studio and asked him to design a kick spindle. They felt strongly that all the current designs on the market did not perform to the levels they desired. Working with this group, design criteria was defined and an initial prototype was made. After testing, Jim finalized his design and built his first kick spindle. It performed at high production levels and was beautiful. It was entered into the national Association of Woodturners annual symposium’s Turned for Use II show, was accepted and traveled the country for a year. However, Jim wanted to improve on the design and make it fully portable, lighter and, most importantly, self storing.

True Creations Kick Spindle

True Creations Kick Spindle



This is the current design now offered by True Creations. It has taken the market by storm. At less than 6 pounds, it is truely a wonderful traveling wheel alternative. There are now customers all over the world enjoying its portability and performance.




See the True Creations Portable Kick Spindle in action.

However, customer’s have started to demand that Jim open an on-line store so they could purchase his spindles between fiber festivals. So here is our store. We hope you enjoy our skillfully crafted spindles and fiber tools. Please tell your spinning friends about us and help spread the word on our new store.

Please visit www.tcturning.com to learn more about True Creations Woodturning.

3 Responses to “About”

  1. Andreana October 30, 2014 at 8:20 pm Permalink

    The site looks great – I’m excited to be able to purchase True Creations’ spindles directly!

  2. jechter April 23, 2020 at 9:28 pm Permalink

    wonderful site and products

  3. Arthurlynn Kanuha December 7, 2023 at 1:38 pm Permalink

    I love the idea of a kick spindle it is small enough to have in a small space or that they are portable love that can you tell me how much one cost I live in Hawaii and wanting to have an English angora and your kick spindle will do the trick I would like to purchase one. Thank you for your time. Arthurlynn sorry I do not have a phone or cell phone. Just e mail me sorry but what do you mean website? Not good with tech sorry.

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