loom stripping

Using Circa 1850 I began working on the guild’s 46″ Fanny. I purchased bolts, screw, wing nuts, and screw eyes to replace its hardware this morning. It needs a coil spring, ratchet pawl, and spring, all to be ordered from Leclerc. Tomorrow I will finish the stripping.

Loom Refurbishing

Four looms have been waiting their turns to be refurbished.  I brought out two.  They are both Leclerc Fannys.  One is for a weaving guild and the other will be given for free to a deserving person.  I took them out of storage yesterday.  The first one needs some hardware that has been lost.  It way also be missing some parts.  The second needs an evaluation, a stripping, and whoknowswhat?  With the cooling of temperatures here and the gradual shutting down of farming my thoughts and feelings begin to turn to weaving and indoors…

 

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From Bread Bags To Friendship To Covid-19

Last August I got a letter.  It was from a woman two thousand miles away.  She said that my posts on loom restoration had been very helpful in assembling and refurbishing one that she had recently acquired.  Since then we have sent a lot of what we have done back and forth.  Each of our families have chosen to stay at home over the course of this pandemic, and we have found our own ways of being creatively productive.  Her work is amazing; she is a Master weaver.  Over the past couple of months she has woven bread bags, chair upholstery, and scarves, worked on vestments, and sewn virus masks.  It’s amazing!  Here is some of her work…

My own work here has focused on finishing construction on our weaving shop and anchoring our power loom…

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…along with getting accessories up and running like this cone winder…

And now I am in to preparing equipment for spring farming, starting with installing new axles and refurbishing some trailers that will be good now for decades to come, and farming equipment…

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Isolated on our farm there is no end of work to do over this time when staying separate is the best gift we can offer to one another…well, that and weaving gifts!  :)  Today we start planting our garden for 2020.

A healthy tension will make all the difference at this time for many of us, namely, be compassionate toward others, learn new ways to not become anxious, and realize that others may not have your best interests in mind.

Stay safe!

Insulating Weaving Shop Storage Area

Before the interior of the weaving shop which houses the Draper loom can be started an attached 15′ x 20′ storage area needs to be completed.  Two walls are now finished and a third insulated today.  The ceiling needs to be put up after the metal is put on the long outside wall (right) and the centre wall is done.  After this then storage units need to be built, items put in, and then the work on the area of the Draper and work tables can begin.  Work on this goes along as the weather is rainy outside…usually at least a few hours early every morning.