Loom Deliveries

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It is a twelve hour round trip south to Winnipeg. Loaded the day before we left at 3 a.m., dropped the crate at Air Canada Cargo, and then went on to assemble the guild’s loom…

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We headed home before noon. This loom was sold by 1 p.m. and the crate should be in Dublin on Tuesday. It was very rewarding delivering both of these. :)

(More refinishing awaits this winter!)

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Rebuilding Loom Crate

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Ready to be shipped, I was tipped me off that there are restrictions on lumber used for crates being sent to the UK. This stands to reason as Canada has several invasive species of insects that are plaguing our trees. Lumber requirements for crates indicate that heat-treated wood be used to kill off insects. I rebuilt the crate frame using two layers of 3/4″ plywood instead of 2 x 4’s for the frame. Plywood qualifies as heat-treated wood.. Glad I caught this before sending off the loom.

Overseas Loom Shipping

Sending this second 45″ Fanny overseas requires a very stout crate.  The loom itself weighs 100#.  If the crate were too flimsy and it were dropped the weight of the loom itself could easily break the box.  The longest loom piece is 56″ (the upper and lower beaters).  I estimated that upon full assembly the interior would need to be about 10″ high and 24″ wide.  I started building this with 1″ x 4″ framing only to realize how hard it would be to fasten it all together with screws on 1″ lumber.  So I made a switch to 2″ x 4″ framing.  The plywood was 3/8″ exterior ply.  I lined the box with foam used for camping sleeping bag ground pads.  The longest pieces were set in place on the bottom with foam padding between them and then form-fitted 1″ x 4″ lumber was securely placed over them and screwed into the sides to hold them from shifting in transit.  I did this also with the shorter pieces on the next layer as well and then pieced in the smaller components.  This will protect the frames that were set on top of the whole affair which was underlain with more foam.  Foam was then placed over the top and gently compressed into place and the lid screwed down.  I have to address it today.  The entire crate weighs in at nearly 250# and measures 10″ x14″ x 60″.  Neither FedEx nor UPS will ship such an item.  DHL is asking over $3000.  But phoning Air Canada Cargo netted a $700 quote so I will drop it at the airport some time in the near future.

This is going as a simple thank you to great story teller who I deeply admire. I have been convinced for a very long time that we really do not pay our story-tellers nearly enough. :)

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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