Even as I write this I shudder thinking of how my fingers burn as the spool spins (she is being overly dramatic)_. I'd try to loosen my grip to reduce the pain and be scolded for not providing enough tension_ (I don't scold, I offer constructive criticism)_. I became creative with my approach. I experimented with a variety of tools through the center of the spool looking for something that allowed it to spin freely while letting me apply as little pressure as possible to the edges. I still favor the good old fashioned pencil. I also tried a variety of protective devices, especially_ when Joe needed to wind on braided line, including garden gloves and washcloths. Alas, this chore was still uncomfortable and fight-provoking.