John Kay was born in Walmersley, Bury, Lancashire, England back in 1704. His father died before he was born. He received his education until he was 14, at 21 he was bequeathed 40 pounds from his father’s estate. He apprenticed with a hand-loom reed maker. Within a month he returned home claiming he had mastered the business.
Shortly after going home he designed a metal substitute for the natural reed that proved popular enough for him to sell throughout England. In 1733, he received a patent for his most revolutionary device: more on that in a moment. That same year he formed a partnership to begin manufacturing his invention.
He moved to Paris in 1747, negotiating with the French Government he was paid 3,000 livres plus a pension of 2,500 livre annually. He died in Paris in 1779, he was 75
What you may not know about John is that he invented the flying shuttle for the hand loom.it was designed for the broad loom which saved labor over the traditional process, needing only one operator per loom. A shuttle is a tool designed to neatly and compactly store a holder that carries the thread of the yarn while weaving a loom.
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