Michael Williams - Braidmaking Equipment

  Japanese Marudai and Bobbins

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Each Marudai is lovingly made (to order only) and likely to become a future heirloom. The 25cm diameter top is hand turned from sycamore or maple and very finely sanded to a smooth surface. No wax or varnish is applied since the action of the threads will produce a lovely patina in time. The square base and hand turned legs are made of hardwood and finished with a low gloss varnish for protection.

The bobbins are individually made from tropical hardwoods to the weight required. Usual weights are 37gm or 70gm or 100gm. A minimum order of eight bobbins.

See the 'Specials' page for a marudai top that I made for a customer who wished to braid with wire.

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  Hand held 'Marudai'

A thin yet rigid square of oak measuring 13cm x 13cm with 6 slots per side, plus 8 tiny hardwood bobbins and a 1/2 oz weight. Ideal for use on planes or in waiting rooms.
Extra bobbins may be purchased separately.