Ski Shuttles & Poke Shuttles

Ski shuttles - 2 sizesSKI SHUTTLES

These high-capacity shuttles are useful when weaving with rag strips or bulky yarns such as mohair or rug yarn. Ski shuttles are often used interchangeably with rug shuttles. Our ski shuttles are low-profile at only 1.25 inches tall and will easily pass through narrow sheds.

The runners of our ski shuttles are steam-bent to a gentle, smooth curve. Steam-bending is more complicated and time-consuming than simply cutting the runners to a curved shape, but steam-bending produces runners that are more elegant and significantly stronger for their weight. Following the bending process, the runners are thoroughly dried and then sanded and buffed to such smoothness that they will literally ski through your warp.

Very few woods can be steam-bent with consistent results. Of the woods we typically stock, only cherry, walnut, maple and ash exhibit excellent steam-bending characteristics, and therefore, the runners of our ski shuttles are made only in these four woods. The center cleat of the ski shuttle may be made from any wood we have available.

Ski shuttles on loom

SKI-18 18-inch ski shuttle
SKI-24 24-inch ski shuttle

Both lengths are 1.25 inches tall and 1.75 inches wide.

Poke shuttlesPOKE SHUTTLES

Shaped like a tiny rag shuttle with very pointed ends, this handy little tool is just right for inlay techniques, tapestry, or any weaving where the shuttle is “poked” in and out of the warp. Available in any wood we have in stock.

POK-06 6-inch poke shuttle
POK-09 9-inch poke shuttle
POK-12 12-inch poke shuttle
All lengths are .75 inches tall and .625 inches wide.