Purpleheart Tapestry Bobbin - slim but strong - NEW 5", 6" and 7" OPTIONS

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A few years ago I was approached by an Arts University professor to develop a tapestry bobbin that would not break. These hardwood, straight-grain bobbins are the result. Not only do I select the wood carefully and orient the grain for maximum strength but I treat each one with my own hardening process. The result - with hundreds in service I have never had to replace a broken bobbin.

Purpleheart hails from South America where, I am told, it grows really fast and really big. It is used for railway beds and can last 40 years as a fence post without any preservative. It also goes a nice purple color when left in the sun.

You can choose either a "ball" or "thistle" end and you can mix-and-match on multiple orders. I now offer bobbins in 5", 6", or 7" lengths. The 7" bobbin is 1/2" wide with a 4" point and the post is 3/16" by 2 1/2". The others have the same width and are proportionately shorter.

Please indicate your choice of length and end-type when ordering. If you want some of each just put in multiple orders and I will credit you back any excess shipping.

Oh, and you lace makers - I also make lace bobbins.

Average review
Wonderfully made tapestry bobbins. These can be hard to find and I am so glad that I found you here on Etsy. Thanks for the fast shipping as well!
Mar 22, 2018 by Sarah
Gorgeous, lovely to use as well. Nicely packed and arrived quickly.
Mar 20, 2018 by Jeannette
Perfect, I'll be ordering again!
Oct 7, 2017 by Ramona Strnad
Item exactly as described and beautiful. Very prompt response from Bruce and quick shipping, will definitely order again!
Apr 22, 2017 by Justine
Oct 17, 2016 by Hailey Waters

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I will make a similar item to any item listed here under commission unless it says otherwise in the description. I require 50% of the purchase price in advance and will give you an estimate delivery at that time. Please remember that many of the items you see here are made from "seasoned" wood and that process can take up to several months.