Canadian Red Cross, Leclerc 20″ Jano Table Loom: Winter Project

Today I purchased a Leclerc table loom for $70 from some photos through the Manitoba Weavers guild.  It is in need of reconditioning, but overall it looks in sound shape.  It is said to be missing the reed, but it might be missing the entire beater.  Not to worry…I can produce a beater and a reed can be purchased.  Definitely some rust on the harness frames/attachments.  It will be a great winter project…

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What type is it?  It looks similar to a Dorothy, but some of the construction is wrong.  I believe that it is a  Jano.  What gives it away is the metal lateral cross member like the one in the pic of the one I bought.  It was Leclerc’s first table model.  It does not fold.  It is 20″ wide.

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http://www.camillavalleyfarm.com/weave/leclerchistory.htm

There is a Red Cross – Canada, sticker on the loom…

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Here are some links to Red Cross usage of looms.  The first one cites a MB Weavers member in the use of looms at Deer Lodge Centre (originally the Red Cross Arts and Crafts Centre):

“Margaret Groff

“Margaret Groff’s work at the Red Cross Arts and Craft Centre (later renamed Deer Lodge Centre) sparked her interest in learning to weave.”  (http://www.mbweavers.ca/about-us/our-history/)

And other Canadian Red Cross histories of looms on the internet:

http://www.galtmuseum.com/media/Woven-in-Time_MediaKit.pdf
http://www.jmccentre.ca/uploads/about_us/history/history_windsor_redcross_school.pdf

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