These pictures are of the front and the end of a shuttle. The tips on both ends are covered with metal. This particular shuttle was used in the Woolen Mills in Parsons. A shuttle is a tool designed to carry the thread across the loom weft yarn while weaving. Shuttles are thrown or passed back and forth in order to weave. Shuttles are often made of wood from the Flowering Dogwood, because it is so hard, resists splintering, and can be polished to a very smooth finish. Originally shuttles were passed back and forth by hand. Later, a flying shuttle was developed.. This shuttle could be thrown through the warp, which allowed much wider cloth to be woven much more quickly. Ideas or comments contact Tim Turner (304) 478-3389.