Quill Shuttles

 

 

Fall/Winter 2018 update: (12/06/2018)

Photos for remaining 2018 fall quill shuttles are posted below.


Quill shuttles are typically used in Scandinavian weaving or on looms with narrow sheds. Quills are economical – they may be purchased or made from stiff paper. Quills hold more yarn than a bobbin of comparable size and are quieter to use. Many weavers prefer the use of quills for better selvedges.

Canopus Quill shuttles are made up of 3 (or rarely 5) layers of figured hardwoods, typically combinations of bird’s eye maple, tiger maple, curly cherry, curly white oak,  black walnut, koa, mango, and honey locust. Shuttles are highly contoured and fine sanded to 2000-grit with 10 coats of finish applied. A 3.5mm polished stainless steel rod fits standard cardboard quills, and operates up & down using an internal spring mechanism. Extremely hard Brazilian ebony, or sometimes lignum vitae inserts are placed at either end of the yarn slot to reduce wear from abrasive yarns like linen and hemp. The spring slot on top is covered either with ebony (black) or pink ivory (red).  In the shuttle descriptions below, we list the shuttle weight, L,W,H, length from the end of the cavity to the tip of the shuttle for either end (this is important to some weavers), and quill length handled by shuttle (4″ or 6″).  Damask shuttles are less than 3/4″ height.

Any quill shuttle: $120 plus shipping. Personal check or USPS Money Order is preferred.

f2018Qtmaplbuckt1: Tiger maple top/bottom, buckthorn center. Brazilian ebony yarn slot inserts. 4.0 oz., 16″L, 1 1/2″W, 3/4 ″H, 4 1/2″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 6″ quills.
**HOLD**f2018Qtmaplbuckt1: Tiger maple top/bottom, buckthorn center.
Brazilian ebony yarn slot inserts. 4.0 oz., 16″L, 1 1/2″W, 3/4 ″H, 4
1/2″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 6″ quills.

f2018Qtmaplbuckt1bottom view
**HOLD**f2018Qtmaplbuckt1bottom view

f2018Qcherrymesq2: Curly cherry top/bottom, maple 2nd layers, mesquite center. Brazilian ebony yarn slot inserts. 4.3 oz., 16″L, 1 1/2″W, 13/16 ″H, 4 1/2″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 6″ quills.
**HOLD**f2018Qcherrymesq2: Curly cherry top/bottom, maple 2nd layers, mesquite center.
Brazilian ebony yarn slot inserts. 4.3 oz., 16″L, 1 1/2″W, 13/16 ″H, 4 1/2″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 6″ quills.

f2018Qcherrymesq2 bottom view.
**HOLD**f2018Qcherrymesq2 bottom view.

f2018Qkoahloc3: Koa top/bottom, honey locust center. Brazilian ebony yarn slot inserts. 4.3 oz., 17 3/8″L, 1 1/2″W, 3/4″H, 5 1/4″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 6″ quills.
**SOLD**f2018Qkoahloc3: Koa top/bottom, honey locust center.
Brazilian ebony yarn slot inserts. 3.7 oz., 15″L, 1 1/2″W, 3/4″H, 4″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 6″ quills.

f2018Qkoahloc3 bottom view
**SOLD**f2018Qkoahloc3 bottom view

f2018Qmesqcherry4: Mesquite top/bottom, maple 2nd layers, curly cherry center. Brazilian ebony yarn slot inserts. 4.1 oz., 16 1/2″L, 1 1/2″W, 3/4″H, 4 3/4″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 6″ quills.
**SOLD**f2018Qmesqcherry4: Mesquite top/bottom, maple 2nd layers, curly cherry center.
Brazilian ebony yarn slot inserts. 3.7 oz., 15″L, 1 1/2″W, 3/4″H, 4″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 6″ quills.

f2018Qmesqcherry4 bottom view.
**SOLD**f2018Qmesqcherry4 bottom view.

f2018Qhloctmapl5: Honey locust top/bottom, tiger maple center. Brazilian ebony yarn slot inserts. 3.8 oz., 17 5/8″L, 1 1/2″W, 11/16″H, 5 3/8″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 6″ quills. This is an open-bottom damask shuttle.
f2018Qhloctmapl5: Honey locust top/bottom, tiger maple center.
Brazilian ebony yarn slot inserts. 3.8 oz., 17 5/8″L, 1 1/2″W, 11/16″H, 5 3/8″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 6″ quills. Note: This is an open-bottom damask shuttle, and is extra long at 17 5/8″.

f2018Qhloctmapl5 bottom view.
f2018Qhloctmapl5 bottom view.

s2018Qbemapltmapl1: Bird's eye maple top/bottom, tiger maple center. Lignum Vitae yarn slot inserts. 4.1oz., 16 1/2″L, 1 1/2″W, 3/4 ″H, 4  3/4″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 6″ quills.
s2018Qbemapltmapl1: Bird’s eye maple top/bottom, tiger maple center.
Lignum Vitae yarn slot inserts. 4.1oz., 16 1/2″L, 1 1/2″W, 3/4 ″H, 4
3/4″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 6″ quills.

s2018Qbemapltmapl1bottom view.
s2018Qbemapltmapl1bottom view.

s2018Qmesqtmapl3: Mesquite top/bottom, ash burl center. Lignum Vitae yarn slot inserts. 4.1 oz., 16″L, 1 1/2″W, 3/4 ″H, 4 1/2″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 6″ quills.
**SOLD**s2018Qmesqashb3: Mesquite top/bottom, ash burl center. Lignum
Vitae yarn slot inserts. 3.7 oz., 15″L, 1 1/2″W, 3/4 ″H, 4″ tip to
nearest cavity end. Fits 6″ quills.

s2018Qmesqtmapl3 bottom view.
**SOLD**s2018Qmesqashb3 bottom view.

s2018Qbemapltmapl4: Bird's eye maple top/bottom, tiger maple center. Lignum Vitae yarn slot inserts. 4.0 oz., 15 1/4″L, 1 1/2″W, 3/4 ″H, 4 1/8″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 6″ quills.
**SOLD**s2018Qbemapltmapl4: Bird’s eye maple top/bottom, tiger maple center.
Lignum Vitae yarn slot inserts. 4.0 oz., 15 1/4″L, 1 1/2″W, 3/4 ″H, 4
1/8″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 6″ quills.

s2018Qbemapltmapl4 bottom view.
**SOLD**s2018Qbemapltmapl4 bottom view.