The commonest material for lace bobbins is wood; most types of wood with a fine grain are suitable.
Traditionally native fruitwoods were used, more recently exotic hardwoods have been used.
American Redwood bobbin, in the shape of a mermaid.
Maker Kenn Van-Deiren
A bone bobbin with painted spots in the shape known as 'caterpillar'
Maker David Springett.
In addition to wood and bone, lace bobbins are sometimes made from a variety of other materials.
The majority of bobbins labelled as 'ivory' are in fact bone. This one is ivory and was made from a veneer cutter's remnant
Maker Barry Adams.
This one is made from deer antler.
Maker Ernie Frid.
This bobbin is brass - a souvenir from Bedford museum back in the 1970s.
Even with lightweight plastic spangles it is heavier than usual and affects tension.
This bobbin is glass, but is not too fragile to use.
This one is made from a glass tube with a twisted metal insert.
Maker Malcolm Fowler.
A Bucks Thumper made from corian, a synthetic material used for kitchen worktops.
Maker and owner Jim Stavast
One of several styles of moulded plastic bobbins which are now available.
Wooden head and neck with acrylic shank - as used for fountain pen barrels
Maker Alan Hazel
Paper bobbin made by myself.