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Jano Loom Frame Reassembly

With the wood frame and the metal fittings finished I decided to use new hardware rather than the old hardware which was clean, but unable to be polished because of the extensive rust on much of it.  Needing to restock my screws and bolts on my farm anyway I bought the items in greater number than I needed for the loom alone…

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Before…

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After…

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…much nicer.

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Restoring Harnesses

Restoring three harnesses required twelve hours of work today; I was in no rush. The easy part was unhooking them from the rollers. The roller ropes were not original and need to be replaced.  All parts of the harness needed to be reworked…wood, screws, brackets, heddle bars, heddles…

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Steel-wooling the frames allowed for application of aluminum paint…

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Polishing hardware on a buffing wheel restored its lustre…

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Each harness holds contained between 324 and 347 heddles.  I removed them from the heddle bars and steel wooled the bars and replaced the heddles all with the same orientation (the ends are different).  After refinishing the wood I reassembled the frames….

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Grouping heddles in 10’s I was able to divide them into exactly half, placing each half on their own respective side of the centre heddle bar supports…

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I have one more harness to finish tomorrow, then the rollers, and finally the reassembly of the loom and several more coats of boiled linseed oil.

This is tedious and methodical work, and I extremely enjoying doing it.  Not only is the restoration starting to look nice, I am also finding it a great way to fully understand the mechanics of the loom itself…