I just recently purchased a pretty new top whorl spindle at The Woolery in Franklin, Kentucky. Two weeks ago I learned to use one, and just "had" to have a prettier one. Here it is with some yarn on it and my wrist distaff that one of our daughters made for me years ago. It is a sunny day, and I've been sitting inside a sunny window having a wonderful, relaxing afternoon. In my opinion, top whorl spindles are much easier to use than the spindles that have the whorl on the bottom. If you would like to learn to use one, I recommend THIS book.