Donated Nilus Leclerc 45″ Fanny

A woman who is now in a retirement home donated her Nilus Leclerc 45″ Fanny loom to the Manitoba Weavers which had been in storage.  I was asked if I could find hardware for it since these had become lost.  I said that I would be glad to see what I could do so my wife brought it home six hours north from Winnipeg when she returned from a work engagement there.  In transit she discovered that it has a strong odour, which I suspect is from smoking?  We put it in storage in a protected shed for now and once winter sets in I will bring it in a piece at a time and reassemble and refurbish it.  All of the parts of the frame itself look to be present.

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The finish on the wood will have to be stripped and refinished.  Overall it is mechanically in good shape, but the finish is worn in many places from numerous causes.

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The reeds are rusted and will be discarded; the heddles are in fine shape.

 

This is what a Leclerc Fanny looks like when it is properly assembled.  I suggested that if the project comes out well that someone donate a reed and then that the club raffle it off?

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Dedicated Weaving Shed

Over the past three days we put down plywood, wired, added electrical boxes, insulated, sheeted plastic, and panelled a building that for years has been in the works, namely, a dedicated weaving studio.  Complete with a loft it will be able to accommodate several people in a simple, wooded setting of solitude.  Electricity will be able to be switched between a generator or better yet, 12 volt rechargeable batteries with a solar panel.  The kitchen will be meagre but adequate.  And there is an area for washing up and personal needs.  While not completed, it is now at a point that can be easily heated and worked on over the winter to be fully finished.  Much of the building materials used here are personally made or scrounged in keeping with the self-sufficient nature of weaving itself.

And as of last night…