Spooling Rack

In preparation for adding a sectional warping beam to one of my floor looms I refurbished a custom-built spooling rack.  I unloaded, cleaned, assembled, and modified the spooling rack.  The frame is built from gold coloured galvanized channel steel material manufactured by TNB – Superstrut (#A-1200-HS).

Assembled at point of purchase…


…cleaned and partially reassembled here…



Following up on this refurbishing I bought, cut, and drilled more TNB – Superstrut (galvanized but not gold)…


…and bolted together the top of the frame.  This worked to disallow lateral play in the top of the rack, but it can still twist.  I will do something to remedy the twist once this is installed in the shop at a later time…


Tension Box Comb


Tension boxes can be fitted out with combs on their ends.  Combs help to keep individual threads in order as the warp is loaded onto the sectional beam.  This one came with the tension box.  It is actually a reed, since combs are open at the top.  But it will serve the same purpose and while a comb facilitates easy loading, it is important to have a top on it in case something makes the yarns jump and therefore become crossed.  A reed will serve this purpose just fine although it takes time to initially thread it.

This reed was covered in surface rust.  It was not pitted.  I tried using very fine emory cloth and steel wool, but it did not clean this reed very well…


A 4″ bronze wheel brush on my electric drill did a great job in cleaning it up…


This reed is a 10 dent reed that measures 8″ x 11 3/4″.  It has a total of 117 dents.  It is smooth and ready for use…


Home-Made Tension Box

This is a home-built tension box that came with our power loom; it will work just as well with our floor looms if they have a sectional warping beam.  Half inch oak plywood sides are joined by 3/4″ (i.d.) galvanized pipe.  The pipe is secured by driving in the nuts from 1/2″ bolts into the ends of the pipe and then secured to the plywood from the outside with 1/2″ bolts and washers (1/2″ nuts have a diametre slightly larger than 3/4″).  There are eight pipes on the top level and two on the lower level and mounts for reeds at either end.  It is well built…


Today I disassembled it and cleaned it, steel wooling the pipe, sanding all wood, and routing a finished edge onto the plywood.  Then I oiled it with linseed oil.  I will give some thought to what sort of legs I want on it.  I am very pleased with this result…



Wool Fibre

We recently bought the following wool skeins/hanks:

  • Janice Kraemer, 102 skeins, merino-mix wool, 4 ply


  • Wilde Yarn Mill (out-of-business), wool, 28 cones (straw), 1 cone (nutmeg), 2 cones (brown)
  • ? , 4 cones – large (nutmeg), wool


  • Janice Kraemer, Merino, 99 skeins, 4 ply, 300 yards/skein


Wilde Yarn Mill, 9 hanks, 4 ply, warping


Wilde Yarn Mill, 22 hanks, 4 ply


?, 9 hanks, 3 ply


…all for $50.  We cannot believe how fortunate we have been when it comes to acquiring weaving supplies.  Thank you to those who were involved.  We are grateful…