For perfect selvedges and speedy weaving, many weavers prefer end-feed boat shuttles. These boat shuttles use special end-feed bobbins called pirns that do not spin. Rather, the yarn is released off the end of the stationary pirn, through a tensioning device and then out the side of the shuttle.
We offer end-feed shuttles with two different tensioning systems:
- The Honex tensioner really excels with smooth, evenly spun yarns in a wide range of sizes from very fine silk to 3/2 perle cotton.
- Our traditional hook and eye tensioner works well with handspun or slubby yarns as well as most commercially spun yarn.
HONEX TENSIONED END-FEED BOAT SHUTTLES
- are very easy to thread
- are well balanced
- have a very fine tension adjustment to handle a wide range of yarn weights
- are available with either open or closed bottoms.
11″ Honex Tensioned End-Feed Boat Shuttles
This is a smaller Honex tensioned end-feed shuttle than any others we’ve found. Depending upon wood choice they can also be very light weight. These end-feed shuttles are perfect for:
- fine, smooth yarn
- use with any kind of loom, including table looms or floor looms with small sheds
- weavers with small hands
These shuttles are 11.5 inches long, 1.625 inches wide and 1.25 inches tall. The aluminum spindles are spring-loaded and designed to carry our lightweight and inexpensive tapered paper pirns.
EF-11-O-Hx 11-inch open bottom, Honex tensioned
EF-11-C-Hx 11-inch closed bottom, Honex tensioned
Each Honex tensioned shuttle is shipped with an Allen wrench for adjusting the tensioner.
Our 15-inch end-feed shuttles are a bit smaller than our original 15″ hook-tensioned shuttles described below. They are just a little narrower, a bit shorter and not quite as wide. The bronze spindles are spring-loaded and designed to carry our new Bluster Bay brand plastic 8″ pirns.
EF-15-O-Hx 15-inch open bottom, Honex tensioned
EF-15-C-Hx 15-inch closed bottom, Honex tensioned
Shipped with an Allen wrench for adjusting the tensioner.
HOOK & EYE TENSIONED END-FEED BOAT SHUTTLES
- are simple to thread and adjust
- require no tools for tension adjustment
- are lightweight and well balanced
- handle a wide range of yarn types and weights
- are available in three lengths with either open or closed bottoms.
11″ End-Feed Boat Shuttles
Designed for customers who desire a smaller, lighter weight end-feed shuttle than any others currently on the market. These small end-feed shuttles are perfect for:
- narrow warps
- use with table looms or floor looms with small sheds
- weavers with small hands
These shuttles are 11 inches long, 1.625 inches wide and 1.25 inches tall. The aluminum spindles are spring-loaded and designed to carry our lightweight and inexpensive tapered paper pirns.
EF-11-O 11-inch open bottom, Hook tensioned
EF-11-C 11-inch closed bottom, Hook tensioned
13″ & 15″ End-Feed Boat Shuttles
These are the standard Bluster Bay end-feed shuttles that weavers have been using and raving about since 1996.
Our 13-inch and 15-inch end-feed shuttles are 1.875 inches wide and are 1.375 inches tall. The bronze spindles are spring-loaded.
Our 13″ end-feed shuttles use Bluster Bay brand plastic 5.5″ pirns or AVL 5.5″ black pirns.
Note: 6″ Schacht wood or red plastic pirns will NOT fit these shuttle.
Our 15″ end-feed shuttles use our Bluster Bay brand plastic 8″ pirns, AVL 8″ black pirns or Schacht 8″ wood pirns.
EF-13-O 13-inch open bottom, Hook tensioned
EF-13-C 13-inch closed bottom, Hook tensioned
EF-15-O 15-inch open bottom, Hook tensioned
EF-15-C 15-inch closed bottom, Hook tensioned
The variety of woods we use changes frequently. Please visit our Wood Choices & Information page for more information about the woods we use for Bluster Bay shuttles.
If you cannot find the shuttle you need through one of our retailers, we are happy to fill your order directly. Please download a printable Bluster Bay retail price list and read about how to Order Shuttles Directly From Us.
PAPERPIRN Bluster Bay brand 4-inch paper pirns for 11″ end-feed shuttles – package of 5
EF-PIRN-05 Bluster Bay brand 5.5-inch plastic pirns for 13″end-feed shuttles – package of 5
EF-PIRN-08 Bluster Bay brand 8-inch plastic pirns for 15″end-feed shuttles – package of 5