It's been 8 months since the project's inception, but we finally have something to show for it. It's still a prototype with a few rough edges, but it is looking good and it works! Right now we've been calling it Tug, which seems like a good fit. Tug will be making its public debut at the Michigan League of Handweavers Conference this weekend (June 2nd,3rd, & 4th) and will also be at the Midwest Weavers Conference June 16th & 17th. Tug will be on kickstarter by the end of June as we need to raise some funds to have a few of the parts produced in quantity to keep pricing down. Right now we are looking at a retail price in the neighborhood $450.
Tug's coolest feature has not been talked about yet. The picture below shows the cone head removed. The head slides off the shaft. There will be a variety of heads in the future. Right now we are planning a pirn winder head, & a cone winder head that will wind a real cone by traversing the yarn. Currently the taper on the ball winder cone matches the taper of some cones and can be used as is to wind balls on cones (see pic below).