I am surfing the web looking on how to weave with a flying shuttle. A theoretical interest at the moment, but will become a practical one. One day.
So, anyway, I googled, watched the YouTube videos, and googled a bit more. And found a priceless statement that I cannot keep to myself (Master Weaver, Nov-Dec 1961):
Flying shuttle. This is not only a piece of weaving equipment, but also one of the most controversial issues among handweavers. There are many who consider the flying shuttle as a symbol of corruption of the purity of our craft.
Invented in 1733. Jump-started the Industrial revolution. Almost killed the handweaving industry as industrial looms marched on. Now it is an obsolescence in the automatic machine looms. And I don’t know a single weaver that weaves with it on their hand-operated looms. 283 years after its invention, and still a novelty.
We weavers are a conservative bunch, I tell ya.