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Leclerc 90″ Loom

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+.

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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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Here is its page on this site:

https://borealweaver.wordpress.com/leclerc-90-loom/

Loom Transport And Accessories

It wasn’t a complicated trip.  I wanted to disassemble this machine and haul it in pieces but the seller seemed to be in a rush.  They knew nothing about the loom and I actually got the feeling like this was just a quick turn-around sale because after it was loaded and I started to inquire about its past they knew nothing about the loom or its history.  Sad.  Just another reflection of the depths of our alienation from one another.  Professionalism becomes a shoddy substitute for genuine community. So I finished loading and drove slowly home in a high wind with snow that sometimes limited visibility to a couple hundred yards.

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There were a couple of boxes that came along with the loom, and one sort of rack that is rather unusual that I will have to find out what it is.  Today I plan to sort the material and store it in a dedicated shallow storage container, and hopefully get around to bringing the loom inside piece by piece for evaluation and to start refinishing it…

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