For the love of fine wooden tools

I have to tell you that a big part of my joy in weaving comes from my love of fine wooden tools. I love the color and grain of wood, and the way it feels in my hands. It is such a delight to handle a perfect shuttle, feeling the smooth contours and the silken finish.

In addition to the fiber I bought at the NY Sheep and Wool Festival, I bought these fine shuttles.

Rhinebeck 09 - 23The Birdseye Maple boat shuttle at the top was made by Jonathan Bosworth. It feels serious and sturdy in hand, and I really like the locking mechanism that lets you remove the spindle for those times when hairy yarn gets wrapped around it.

The red Bloodwood Swedish style shuttle is from Bluster Bay Woodworks. It is small and graceful, with a very low profile to glide through stubborn sheds.

Neither of these shuttles use my Schacht Bobbins. I plan to make paper quills using recycled junk mail, and use my Swedish bobbin winder to fill them.

Do you have a favorite shuttle?  Is it a work of art, or simply a workhorse?

2 thoughts on “For the love of fine wooden tools

  1. The Bosworth’s are my top favorites. I have a cherry and a walnut. They don’t use the white plastic Schacht bobbins, but the wooden version works fine. With the closed bottom, they g-l-i-d-e across with ease. These are joyful shuttles. My workhorse shuttles are the 12″ Schacht end feed shuttles.
    ANd, I couldn’t agree with you more. There’s nothing as wonderful as finely crafted wooden work tools. Taken care of properly, they age nicely and improve with time.

  2. Those shuttles look beautiful!! I like my tools to be beautiful too – although my shuttles (only 2) are shuttles I bought from a European company. I’m not even sure what language I was shopping in when I bought my bobbin winder. I bought shuttles at the same time.

    Enjoy your new shuttles – they make me wish even more that I’d gone to Rhinebeck!


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