Boat Shuttles

Spring 2018 update: (04/16/2018)

Shuttles produced fall of 2017 and still available are listed below. Currently, 2 are left.  Most of the sold shuttles have been moved to the “Archived Shuttles” page.

There will be a limited custom run of shuttles this spring, with completion approximately the 3rd week of May.


 

Canopus Boat shuttles are usually made up of 3 – 5 layers of figured hardwoods, typically combinations of bird’s eye maple, tiger maple (both hard maple and Red Leaf maple), maple burl, spalted maple, curly cherry, ash burl, curly white oak, black walnut, buckthorn, birch,  quartersawn oak,  quartersawn sycamore, koa, mango, and honey locust. Shuttles are highly contoured and fine sanded to 2000-grit with 10 coats of finish applied. A 4mm polished stainless steel rod fits standard 4″ plastic bobbins (see specific shuttle descriptions for any exceptions), and operates up & down using an internal spring mechanism. The 4mm rod also fits standard cardboard quills.  Exhibition shuttles are now only made on a custom basis. Aside from having ornate cuts of wood, exhibition shuttles have an ebony or pink ivory inlay around the yarn slot.  The spring slot on top is covered either with ebony (black) or pink ivory (red). Since each shuttle is hand made, no two are alike, and weight and dimensions can vary. 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 bobbin length handled by shuttle (4″ or 6″).  Almost all shuttles are made with a closed-bottom, but open-bottom shuttles can be made on request.  Email us for details.

Note that 6″ plastic bobbin dimensions are not uniform from vendor to vendor such as Schacht or Leclerc – rim sizes and lengths will vary.  Their use can be a problem with our shuttles that hold 6″ bobbins, since they are built at a shallower height than the big vendor shuttles.  What we used to do in the past for many customers was to offer modified bobbins with trimmed-down rims (usually Schacht 6″) to fit the Canopus shuttles, but we have stopped offering the modification because of the recent poor quality of plastic bobbins from Schacht and LeClerc.

I was frequently returning poorly-made bobbins with bent shafts to these vendors.  There are a couple of ways around these issues – Email us for details.  This is usually not an issue for 4″ bobbins or old wooden 6″ bobbins which already have narrow rims.  In the individual ads, see shuttle captions for any bobbin size restrictions.

For very shallow-height shuttles that hold 4″ bobbins we have found the nylon Ashford 4″ bobbins to be the best.  They have the most narrow rims and shafts of all 4″ commercial bobbins, and are much higher quality in finish, and have the least amount of mold defects.


Standard boat shuttles for 4″ bobbins

Any shuttle in this category: $115 plus shipping. Personal check or USPS Money Order is preferred.

f2017cchrytmp1: figured cherry top/bottom, black walnut 2nd layers, tiger maple center. 5.1 oz.,14 3/4″L, 1 3/4″W, 1 3/16″H, 4 5/8″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 4″ bobbins.
**SOLD**f2017cchrytmp1: figured cherry top/bottom, black walnut 2nd layers, tiger maple center. 5.1 oz.,14 3/4″L, 1 3/4″W, 1 3/16″H, 4 5/8″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 4″ bobbins.

f2017cchrytmp1 bottom view
**SOLD**f2017cchrytmp1 bottom view

f2017cchrybempl7: curly cherry top/bottom, black walnut 2nd layers, bird's eye maple center. 4.5 oz., 14″L, 1 3/4″W, 1 1/8″H, 4 3/8″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 4″ bobbins.
f2017cchrybempl7: curly cherry top/bottom, black walnut 2nd layers, bird’s eye maple center. 4.5 oz., 14″L, 1 3/4″W, 1 1/8″H, 4 3/8″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 4″ bobbins.

f2017cchrybempl7 bottom view
f2017cchrybempl7 bottom view

f2017tmplcchry8: tiger maple top/bottom, curly cherry center. 3.9 oz., 12 7/8″L, 1 3/4″W, 1 1/8″H, 3 3/4″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 4″ bobbins.
**SOLD**f2017tmplcchry8: tiger maple top/bottom, curly cherry center. 3.9 oz., 12 7/8″L, 1 3/4″W, 1 1/8″H, 3 3/4″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 4″ bobbins.

f2017tmplcchry8 bottom view
**SOLD**f2017tmplcchry8 bottom view

f2017smpltmpl9: spalted maple top/bottom, quartersawn oak 2nd layers, tiger maple center. 4.5 oz., 13 5/8″L, 1 3/4″W, 1″H, 4 1/4″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 4″ bobbins.
**HOLD**f2017smpltmpl9: spalted maple top/bottom, quartersawn oak 2nd layers, tiger maple center. 4.5 oz., 13 5/8″L, 1 3/4″W, 1″H, 4 1/4″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 4″ bobbins.

f2017smpltmpl9 bottom view
**HOLD**f2017smpltmpl9 bottom view

f2017hloctmpl11: honey locust top/bottom, quartersawn oak 2nd layers, tiger maple center. 3.8 oz., 12 5/8″L, 1 3/4″W, 1 1/16″H, 3 3/4″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 4″ bobbins.
**SOLD**f2017hloctmpl11: honey locust top/bottom, quartersawn oak 2nd layers, tiger maple center. 3.8 oz., 12 5/8″L, 1 3/4″W, 1 1/16″H, 3 3/4″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 4″ bobbins.

f2017hloctmpl11 bottom view
**SOLD**f2017hloctmpl11 bottom view

f2017cmpltmpl12: curly maple top/bottom, black walnut 2nd layers, tiger maple center. 5.0 oz., 14 5/8″L, 1 3/4″W, 1 1/16″H, 4 3/4″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 4″ bobbins.
f2017cmpltmpl12: curly maple top/bottom, black walnut 2nd layers, tiger maple center. 5.0 oz., 14 5/8″L, 1 3/4″W, 1 1/16″H, 4 3/4″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 4″ bobbins.

f2017cmpltmpl12 bottom view
f2017cmpltmpl12 bottom view

Special boat shuttles for 4″ or 6″ bobbins (higher cost due to use of specialty woods)

Any shuttle in this category below: $140 plus shipping.

f2017bempltmpl3: bird's eye maple top/bottom, quartersawn oak 2nd layers, tiger maple center. 4.4 oz.,14″L, 1 3/4″W, 1 1/16″H, 4 3/8″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 4″ bobbins.
**SOLD**fsp2017bempltmpl3: bird’s eye maple top/bottom, quartersawn oak 2nd layers, tiger maple center. 4.4 oz.,14″L, 1 3/4″W, 1 1/16″H, 4 3/8″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 4″ bobbins.

f2017bempltmpl3 bottom view
**SOLD**fsp2017bempltmpl3 bottom view

fsp2017fkoabempl18: figured koa top/bottom, quartersawn oak 2nd layers, bird's eye maple center. 4.9 oz., 14 3/8″L, 1 3/4″W, 1 1/8″H, 4 1/2″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 4″ bobbins.
**HOLD**fsp2017fkoabempl18: figured koa top/bottom, quartersawn oak 2nd layers, bird’s eye maple center. 4.9 oz., 14 3/8″L, 1 3/4″W, 1 1/8″H, 4 1/2″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 4″ bobbins.

fsp2017fkoabempl18 bottom view
**HOLD**fsp2017fkoabempl18 bottom view

fsp2017fkoabwalf21: figured koa top/bottom, curly maple 2nd layers, black walnut featherwood center. 4.6 oz., 14 1/8″L, 1 3/4″W, 1 1/16″H, 4 3/8″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 4″ bobbins.
**SOLD**fsp2017fkoabwalf21: figured koa top/bottom, curly maple 2nd layers, black walnut featherwood center. 4.6 oz., 14 1/8″L, 1 3/4″W, 1 1/16″H, 4 3/8″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 4″ bobbins.

fsp2017fkoabwalf21 bottom view
**SOLD**fsp2017fkoabwalf21 bottom view

Standard boat shuttles for 6″ bobbins

Any shuttle in this category: $125 plus shipping. This size will not be available again until 2018.

f62016cherryoak14: curly cherry top/bottom, curly maple 2nd layers, curly white oak center. 4.2 oz.,14 1/2"L,  1 3/4"W, 1 1/16"H, 3 3/4" tip to nearest cavity end. Fits custom 6" bobbins or quills - contact us for details.
(**Sample only – not available**) f62016cherryoak14: curly cherry top/bottom, curly maple 2nd layers, curly white oak center. 4.2 oz.,14 1/2″L, 1 3/4″W, 1 1/16″H, 3 3/4″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits custom 6″ bobbins or quills – contact us for details.

f62016cherryoak14 bottom view
f62016cherryoak14 bottom view

Exhibition boat shuttles for 4″ or 6″ bobbins

Note: this type of shuttle not currently available except as a custom request.

ExB6Shuttle5: Black walnut featherwood top/bottom, curly cherry 2nd layers, Big Leaf maple center. 4.8oz., 14"L, 1 3/4"W, 1 1/8"H, 3 3/4" cavity end to tip. Fits 6" bobbins.
**Sample (not available)** ExB6Shuttle5: Black walnut featherwood top/bottom, curly cherry 2nd layers, Big Leaf maple center. 4.8oz., 14″L, 1 3/4″W, 1 1/8″H, 3 3/4″ tip to nearest cavity end. Fits 6″ bobbins.

ExB6Shuttle5 side/bottom view
**Sample (not available)** ExB6Shuttle5 side/bottom view