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An Intimate Look At A Jano

This is a Leclerc Jano loom…

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I bought it a couple of weeks ago for $70.  Friends went and picked it up.  My wife brought it home two days ago when she returned from a working trip to their city.

It is still very sound, but badly in need of refurbishing; it should come back to fine working order.   The Jano was the first table loom that Leclerc marketed.  It came out during the depression and was designed to meet the need for home weaving machines when people could not afford larger floor models.   From the Jano came all later Leclerc table loom models.  This is just a record that I can use to stimulate my own recollection once the wood is stripped and refinished, and the metal is polished and painted…

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Nilus Leclerc Jano Beater Pics, Plans, Drawings

The beater on the Jano is not affixed to the loom’s frame itself as later models are.  Instead, the beater is simply set on a piece of round metal stock that protrudes inwardly from the lower cross beams.

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There are likely numerous Jano looms out there that are minus a beater/reed.  Here is an exquisite set of drawings done at my request by Bob Bellaires, whose wife, Jenny, owns a Jano and operates Daisy Hill Weaving Studio.  He made a very well engineered stand with treadles for her Jano loom which can be viewed, here.  On behalf of the weaving community, many thanks!

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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