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.
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.
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?
For no particular reason we had been looking for a 60″ loom. Then we found one, but it was far away, near a friend’s home. They agreed to pick it up for us. We gave them instruction of what to look for. They phoned from the site when they were there. They brought it to us this Easter weekend. But it was not a 60″ loom; it was a 45″ Leclerq Fanny, which we already have. That was disappointing since we had asked them to measure it to make sure. Oh well. It is in pretty rough shape and will need to be stripped and polished, but the heddles and the reeds are in good shape. One of the reeds is a 5 count reed which will be good for rugs, so it will become a dedicated rug machine, which is fine. The refurbishing will take place next winter. The loom will go into a protected shed and the metal will stay inside. It was a good price.
On Friday I bought, disassembled, and loaded a 45″ Leclerc Fanny loom into my car…
Wire heddles, it is in near-mint condition. It came with three reeds. Their asking price was $350. I gave them an extra $100 because of the reeds and condition and they felt good about that…I told them that I thought that their price was too low. Just another addition to our production capacity here on the farm…