Spring 2018 update: (05/17/2018)
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 end of June or 1st part of July (was originally end of May, but I’ve been delayed about a month).
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.
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.
Standard boat shuttles for 6″ bobbins
Any shuttle in this category: $125 plus shipping. This size will not be available again until late 2018.
Exhibition boat shuttles for 4″ or 6″ bobbins
Note: this type of shuttle not currently available except as a custom request.