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Lace Bobbins by Bill Hornsby
 
Attention to quality of turning, consistency of detail and superb finish
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.

Eight pairs of ornamentally turned 
Midlands Bobbins in yew.
 
Bobbins turned in matching pairs, each pair different.
 
80.00 for sixteen bobbins, not spangled.
 
 
One pair of ornamentally turned Midlands Bobbins from this set.
 
The set comprises bobbin styles 1 - 8 (from top to bottom). Each style priced individually:
 
  1: 8.50 per pair
  2: 9.50 per pair
  3: 10.00 per pair
  4: 12.00 per pair
  5: 12.00 per pair
  6: 10.00 per pair
  7: 9.50 per pair
  8: 8.50 per pair
 
 
 
Eight pairs of ornamentally turned 
Midlands Bobbins in yew.
 
Bobbins turned in matching pairs, each pair different.
(This set was turned by Bill for Sylvia's 'Very Special Birthday' in 2007)
 
80.00 for sixteen bobbins, not spangled..
 
 
One pair of ornamentally turned Midlands Bobbins from this set.
 
The set comprises bobbin styles 9 - 16 (from top to bottom). Each style priced individually:
 
  9: 8.50 per pair
10: 9.50 per pair
11: 10.00 per pair
12: 12.00 per pair
13: 12.00 per pair
14: 10.00 per pair
15: 9.50 per pair
16: 8.50 per pair
 
 
Twenty-four Pairs of Ornamentally Turned Midlands Bobbins
 
One pair each of twenty-four different timbers, the same design (Style 3) used throughout.
 
240.00 for 48 bobbins, not spangled.
 
 
 
Twenty-four Pairs of Ornamentally 
Turned Midlands Bobbins
 
Four pairs each in Ebony, Tulipwood, Mexican Rosewood, Kingwood, Yew and Bombay Rosewood, all bobbins turned in Style 3.
 
240.00 for 48 bobbins, not spangled.
 
 
 
A Pair of Yew, OrnamentallyTurned Midlands Bobbins
 
Simple turning, spangled with glass beads.
 
10.00 the pair.
 
 
 
 
Set of 24 Honiton Bobbins
 
Turned in four different timbers: Bombay Rosewood (dark purple), Walnut (grey/brown), Tulipwood (red-streaked and cream) and Sycamore (pale cream).
 
50.00 the set.
 
 
 
Gimp bobbins are used, without spangles, to carry the thicker threads used in outlining design features within the lace.
Timbers available for making Gimp bobbins at present include:
 
Box
Ebony
Kingwood
Lilac
Plane (Lacewood)
Robina
Yew
 
6.00 each.
 
 
 
Gimp bobbins are used, without spangles, to carry the thicker threads used in outlining design features within the lace.
Timbers available for making Gimp bobbins at present include:
 
Box
Ebony
Kingwood
Lilac
Plane (Lacewood)
Robina
Yew
 
3.50 each.
 
 
Bill's Basic Bobbins
 
Hand-turned wooden bobbins made to the same high standard as Bill's other turned work - but less ornate. Produced in response to a request from a customer who wanted a quantity of well-turned, simple bobbins but whose budget was limited. Made in our choice of a variety of timber species. We're sorry - but we can't always tell you what the timbers are! Denis' workshop contained many thousands of bobbin blanks. He knew what he had and where but, unfortunately, he didn't label the stacks!

Bill's Basic Bobbins are turned, sealed and polished in exactly the same way, and to the same high standard, as his other turned work.

 
6.00 per pair, unspangled.
8.00 per pair, ready-spangled with glass beads.
 

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:

Apple
Arbutus
Bay
Bombay Rosewood
Box
Cocobolo
Ebony
Holly
Ilex Oak
Kingwood
Laburnum
Lignum Vitae
Lilac
Mexican Rosewood
Partridgewood
Pear
Plane
Plum
Robinia
Satinwood
Sycamore
Tulipwood
Walnut
Yew
 
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.