This 90″ Leclerc loom had its original home in Letellier, Manitoba. Settled in 1879 its first residents came from Quebec and the USA at the invitation of Father Lacombe. This loom was used by two ‘sisters’ (biological or religious meaning not clear) to make vestments, altar cloths, and other church-related items.
Leclerc’s 90″ Loom was first manufactured in 1937. It was a 4 shaft counterbalance loom and looks for all practical purposes like a Mira, the major differences being that it has two sets of treadles and an overhead set of pulleys to support the shafts. Dubbed the Double Loom 90″ in 1952 it was replaced by the Kebec 100″ loom in the mid-1960’s. A Fanny-like hinge was an added option beginning in 1980 along with a 120″ option, and in 1982 it was again refashioned into the Kebec II, which remains in production today. Its current price starts at $8,500+.
Yesterday I arose at 1:30 a.m. and drove six hours south to buy a 90″ Loom. I took my time. The roads were near-well deserted. I brought with me a sheet of plywood that I strapped to the deck of my truck to serve as both an extension of the bed, knowing that the loom would stick out over the end, as well as to protect the loom from the bed itself. I first laid out a tarp, and then a piece of construction weight plastic sheeting, wrapping it first in the plastic and then the tarp. I would have done so in spite of knowing that it was supposed to rain on my way home, which it did.
It cost $333.
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