GR-8 Shuttles

GR-8 Shuttles--single bobbin.
Tatting in progress with single bobbin shuttles. Special Features of the GR-8 Shuttles

Each GR-8 Shuttle is a hand-crafted tool of exquisite beauty and functionality that will last a lifetime and surely become an heirloom. Because each are handmade, no two are exactly alike. The GR-8 uses ordinary sewing machine bobbins. GR-8 shuttles may not necessarily be for everyone. The shuttle is a new and different design and takes some practice to discover all of its advantages.

No "clicking". The solid construction keeps the shuttle from "grabbing" the thread as with traditional shuttles. The design of the GR-8 Shuttle makes it easier to pass over the knotting (ball) thread quicker and the non-snag hook makes joining and un-tatting easier. Works with any size thread, even wire. No need to space beads on bobbin when winding, because they are easily pushed back around the bobbin.

Common woods:
  • Alder
  • Almond
  • Apple
  • Ash
  • Apricot
  • Cherry
  • Crabapple
  • Hickory
  • Juniper
  • Lilac
  • Locust
  • Mesquite
  • Mountain mahogany
  • Oak
  • Pacific yew
  • Pecan
  • Plum
  • Red cedar
  • Walnut, black
Exotic woods:
  • American Holly
  • Bloodwood
  • Bocote
  • Bubinga
  • Coco bola
  • Dzalam
  • Ebony
  • Goncalo alves
  • Featherwood
  • Ironwood
  • Kingwood
  • Koa
  • Ligum vitae
  • Maple, Birds-eye
  • Olivewood
  • Osage orange
  • Paulopee
  • Pink Ivory
  • Purpleheart
  • Rosewood
  • Satinwood
  • Thuja burl
  • Yellowheart
  • Zebrawood
  • Zircote
  • Deer Antler
  • Elk Antler
  • Inlays
  • Scrimshaw

Wood Shuttle prices:
Single bobbin $38.00
Double bobbin $48.00
For antler add $10.00
Call for pricing on specialty.
Note: Prices are subject to change.

He can be reached at or by snail mail:
GR-8 Shuttles
Randy Houtz
128 Eagle Ln
Ignacio, CO 81137 USA
(970) 764-5802 (evenings)

Ordering Information

To order shuttles or books, contact Randy at the address, phone number or email address listed above.

Payment Options:

  • Checks on a USA Bank in USA Dollars are the preferred method of payment.
    Make check payable to Randy Houtz and mail to the address above.
  • Credit Card or Paypal. Randy does not have the means to accept credit card or paypal payments. However, he has arranged to have Debbie Arnold of DS9Designs accept such payments and mail him a check. Here's how this process will work:
    • Contact Randy Houtz with your order and let him know you will pay via credit card or paypal.
    • Randy contacts Debbie Arnold of DS9Designs with the amount and she sends you a paypal invoice which can be paid with money in a paypal account or a credit card. You do NOT need a paypal account to make payment.
    • The invoice will include a list of the items you are purchasing and a percentage to cover the processing fee and cost to mail payment to Randy. 4% for USA payments and 5% for International payments.
    • Pay the invoice.
    • Debbie acknowledges she received payment to you and Randy and mails Randy a check for the total amount less the added processing fee.
    • Randy ships your order as soon as shuttles and/or books are ready.

Web page designed by Debbie Arnold, DS9Designs. Please email about web page problems.

GR-8 Shuttles, double bobbin

Customer Comments

Patterns: [SCMR Heart]   [Da Udder Butterfly]   [GR-8 Butterfly]
SCMR Instructions: [Starting the SCMR] [Rings on Ball Thread] [Rings on Rings] [Standard Notation]
Shuttles: [GR-8 Wood Shuttles]   [GR-8 Resin Shuttles, Single Bobbin]   [GR-8 Resin Shuttles, Double Bobbin]
[Pictures Showing Shuttle Use] [Helpful Hints]
Books: [Tatting The GR-8 Self-Closing Mock Ring]   [Tatting The Self-closing Mock Ring for GR-8 Design]
[Tatting GR-8 Alternate Threads]   [Tatting GR-8 Baubles, Bugs, and Blossoms]   [Tatting GR-8 Triangles]
[Tatting GR-8 Patterns] [Tatting GR-8 Chain Around]
[About Gary and Randy]