Equipment For Beginners
For Taking Sewings
Machine Made Tape
D.J. Hornsby Patterns
have always been features of a 'Hornsby Bobbin'.
Long-time customers will recognise that Bill's present style is rooted in the style of Denis' bobbins, incorporating the various motifs and decorative details which distinguished Bill's work in the 1980s and early 1990s. Every bobbin is unique, and each order is given individual attention. Requirements are discussed with the customer, and the price agreed before despatch. Some examples of recent work are illustrated below, with an indication of prices, which will vary with the complexity of the work. Bobbins can be supplied spangled to your requirements, at additional cost.
The minimum order is for one pair of bobbins. The scope for you to have your own distinctive set of bobbins - two, four, six, eight pairs or more in whatever style you choose - is restricted only by your imagination, Bill's skill in turning, and the limitations of the material. A selection of styles is illustrated - click on the illustration for Style Reference and guide price - but the scope for variation is limitless. Each bobbin is produced individually and the designs can be varied to suit your particular preference.
We regret that we are no longer able to produce inscribed bobbins. Demand has reduced our stock of prepared bone in recent months and we are not, at present, able to take further orders for bone bobbins. We have just a few pairs of bone bobbins available for purchase by visitors to the workshop.
We have stocks of a wide range of timber, including:
Much of the timber has been in stock for many years and the locally-sourced timbers often come with their own story. The Smoke Tree timber, which was listed until earlier this year, became available when the tree in the garden next door was blown down in the 'hurricane' of 1987. Sadly we have none left of that particular reminder of the power of nature. However, the lilac which we are currently using formerly stood in the garden of 25, Manwood Avenue and was also a casualty of the same storm! Much of the Yew came, we believe, from a tree which Denis collected from Burton Latimer churchyard after a storm in the early 1970's. The pear once stood in the village of Littlebourne near Canterbury.
Bill's woodturning is finished using a technique developed by Denis in the 1970s. Bobbins are sealed and given a light wax finish, which allows the natural character of the wood to be appreciated whilst allowing the patination and ageing process to take place. Regular use and an occasional gentle rub with a soft cloth will keep your bobbins in first-class condition. We do not recommend the further application of natural or synthetic polishes.
Please call us for more information, or to discuss an order. Contact details can be found by following the 'How to Order' or 'Contact Us' links in the left hand navigation pane.
Visitors are welcome, by prior arrangement, to come along to our tiny workshop. We do not endeavour to maintain a large stock of turned work but there are usually a few bobbins available for purchase by callers. Please write, telephone or email to arrange a suitable date and time for your visit.