11-inch end delivery shuttles with Honex tensioners have become our best-selling shuttle style. Currently 24 of them are underway in the woodworking shop, with the first few steps done: wood blanks are cut to size followed by creating the bobbin hollows.
These 24 shuttles are already sold as are 12 more yet unmade. So, next week will see another batch lined up on the work bench!
Glimakra Classic Shuttles
In addition to our own line of shuttles, we also make shuttles for other companies under private label. Here’s a photo of a batch of shuttles headed for Glimakra USA. These shuttles were designed in collaboration with Joanne Hall, the previous owner of Glimakra USA. We do not sell these shuttles ourselves, so find information at glimakrausa.com.
Bluster Bay will hold a sale and shuttle seminar on Sunday, May 15 starting at 1:00 PM at the Spokane Handweavers’ Guild Hall, 606 W. Garland in Spokane, WA.
This event is open to the public and will include a presentation about various types of weaving shuttles and their uses, a demonstration of shuttle use, including end-delivery shuttles, and a selection of Bluster Bay shuttles offered for sale with a portion of each sale going to support the Spokane Handweavers’ Guild.
Please join us at this event and help support a local weavers’ guild!
We are busy packing boxes of shuttles and bobbins as well as many other goodies from our retail store.
Shop with us in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho at the Log Cabin Fiber Arts annual event at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM on Sat. March 19. We’ll have a vendor booth there under the name of our retail store, Blue Flag Handweaving.
Please stop by if you are in the Spokane or Coeur d’Alene area!
A peek into Bluster Bay’s International Fulfillment Center, aka the shipping room.
Most Bluster Bay shuttles are sold in batches to stores rather than shipped one or two at a time to individuals. Stores’ orders can be quite large and often must be shipped across the country or even across the Atlantic.
The Buster Bay shipping room sees a good deal of our time. Every shuttle is individually wrapped, labeled as to shuttle style and wood type and nestled into boxes with plenty of bubble wrap or other padding. Invoices, packing lists and shipping labels have to be generated. Then boxes are whisked off to the UPS depot and sent on their way.
Shipment abroad require a bit more work due to customs forms. Here is just part of an order that was shipped this week to a store in London: