I volunteer at the local art gallery. One of the wood turners there was watching me spin and we got to talking. I mentioned that I was interested in Russian spindles and he offered to turn some for me.
He turned the prototype at the end of the spring. (It's at the left in the upper photo.) I tweaked the sketch some and took it back to him. He has since had a stroke, but he still turned out four new spindles for me to try. I've sanded them to get a point at both ends. My husband showed me how to use a brillo pad as the final round of "sandpaper" to make an almost polished piece. Each spindle has been wiped with mineral oil. They spin beautifully! My favorites are on the outer two edges of the photo--the long, yellow-ish one on the left and the rosy-er wood on the right. Both of these are denser woods and spin longer than the others.
Here's an overview of the sanding I did to finish these: