Inkle Loom Boat Shuttles
These are handmade boat shuttles made for Inkle loom weaving. This shuttle comes in two sizes, a standard inkle shuttle that is approx. 7" long x 1 1/2 wide x 1/2 inch thick and uses up to a 4.5 inch paper quill.
And a mini Inkle boat shuttle that is approximately 5" long x 1.25" wide x 1/2 inch thick and uses up to a 6" paper quill cut into two 2.75" pieces so you get two quills for the price of one if you purchase 6" paper quills.
These shuttles are perfect size to get under the short warp of a Inkle loom. One side has a thread slot and the other sanded to create an edge that can be used for beating the weft.
These shuttles are hand made often from scrap or reclaimed wood left over from other projects while others are made from purchased exotic woods from around the world; Because these are hand made each shuttle will look different for this reason. Wood is never thrown away because of defects, I always work around them and these defects give a quirky and charming appearance when there but does not affect it's performance.
This is a listing for the shuttle that includes one paper quill
Handywoman tools are handmade and no two items will be exactly a like because of this. I take care to spend as much time on your new tool as possible while offering you the best possible price. Because your tool is not commercially made and because my mission to offer low cost weaving tools your tool will not look like mass produced weaving tools so please keep that in mind.
To care for a Handywoman shuttle: The stainless steel bar can be cleaned with fine wool (even a rinsed out SOS pad that is completely dry) You can wax your shuttle as often as you like but the lanolin from your hands will keep it waxed up if you use your shuttles often. Because wood and metal are a difficult thing to glue together sometimes a magnet may fall out of your shuttle. Simple put a drop of superglue in the magnet pocket and drop the magnet back into place and let dry. If at anytime your shuttle breaks. You are welcome to send it to me for repair. Contact me first so I can decide if it’s fixable or not. I do not charge to repair my shuttles, you only have to pay the actual postage each way.
If you are purchasing a weaving tool in Purpleheart, know that when this wood is tooled it loses some color, but rest assured over time it will become purple again. Also know that burls and spalted woods are not as strong as other woods and care needs to be taken in storing them when these woods are used, rough handling just isn’t possible. They are more about having a beautiful tool and will need more care.