Distaffs. A distaff (also called a rock) is a tool used in spinning. Forms. In Western Europe, there were two common forms of distaffs. Spinning distaffs. A distaff can also be mounted as an attachment to a spinning wheel. The styles of Lithuanian distaffs. Ornaments on the distaffs. Usual symbols carved on the distaffs. More symbols. The carvings on the distaffs shown clearly.