I was given a pound of carded wool. However I had no way to spin it. Here is the drop spindle that I made on the street in Portland.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
I couldn't find a hardware store in downtown Portland, but there were several art supply stores. I purchased a 3/8" hardwood dowel and I piece of basswood 4" wide and 1/4" thick. I also found a packet of picture hangers that contained a screw eye. I also happened to have a pen and my Leatherman on me (I used the saw, the knife and the pliers).