Identification of wooden Tool?

Discussion in 'Tools' started by Susan McCammon, May 13, 2019.

  1. Susan McCammon

    Susan McCammon Active Member

    E4136A6A-13E7-4644-9E37-9DBBC427F654.jpeg D04755FC-ABBE-462C-9723-FA9140A8F0DB.jpeg 214C5B94-C8FC-4C99-B932-C7127BAFD0E9.jpeg I’m not sure if this is a tool or not, but I thought I’d start here and see if anyone could help me.
    Thank you so much!
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  2. Cherryhill

    Cherryhill Well-Known Member

    It's a "shuttle', part of a machine loom, for weaving. I dunno how it worked but I've seen lots of them offered for sale from defunct factories in New England.
  3. Susan McCammon

    Susan McCammon Active Member

    I don’t know how you guys have so much knowledge about this stuff? No matter how much I study and do research I still don’t get it! You all are amazing! Thank you so much!
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  4. 2manybooks

    2manybooks Well-Known Member

    A separate bobbin, or "pirn", with the thread wound onto it, fit into the shuttle and was held in place by the metal spring. The end of the thread went through the little porcelain lined hole on the side. The shuttle was used to insert the weft through the warp on the loom. (The warp are the horizontal threads stretched on the loom. Heddles are used to separate and raise groups of warp threads to create the "shed".) The shuttle could be pushed through the warp shed by hand, but for production weaving there was a mechanical system to slap the shuttle through. It would bang into a stop at each end of the pass, hence the protective metal ends. Also known as a "flying shuttle".
  5. silverthwait

    silverthwait Well-Known Member

    !!! And also ??? I got about two-fifths of that...

    I DID know it is a shuttle!
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  6. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    2many's explanation visualised.:)

    This is it with the bobbin:

    Shuttle ready for weaving:

    The heddles to alternate the threads:

  7. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    With a bit of work, they make great sconce candle holders, too.

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  8. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    and you have to see them in action to really know why they're called flying shuttles....
    I was in a mill room with over 110 modern machines..... had to wear ear protection too...

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  9. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    As though there aren't enough candle holders made from the old wooden spools.
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  10. sabre123

    sabre123 Well-Known Member

    That's funny. I just saw a pair at a sale last Saturday that weren't for sale. But, I like the least on some of them!
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  11. Susan McCammon

    Susan McCammon Active Member

    You all are so helpful Thank You so much! You all are awesome!
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