Tapestry weavers love their tools. A much-loved beater is a necessary companion for the long hours at the loom. Several years ago, Lyn Hart
introduced me to beaters made by Magpie Woodworks
. These beaters are hand-made in small batches by an expert woodworker. The handles are wood and the teeth are made from dog combs. This makes the teeth smooth and strong. I love my Maggie beaters and guard them rather jealously. Because they are made in small batches they can be hard to get at times, but they are worth the wait.
The same is true for a new company I discovered recently. Threads Thru Time sells a similar sort of beater on their Etsy shop
. These are also made with dog combs. (As seen here stamped with Thomas Creations
It remains to be seen which of these beaters becomes my absolute
favorite--you know, the one I don't bring when I teach workshops because
I am petrified it will walk. That one. But it doesn't really matter
because they are both fabulous tools.
Below is a video showing you these beaters in more detail. I also show you a Snipes beater and some small tools made by Jim Hokett at Hokett Would Work
A little video tip: If you want to see this video larger (and I do recommend it), click the YouTube icon to see it there or the square icon in the lower right corner to go to full screen. Or you can click HERE.
|Beater from Hokett Would Work|
Do you have another favorite hand beater? Perhaps one I don't know about? Please leave a comment below!