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Another Loom Rescue

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.

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Jano Modifications

A large share of my intent in the restoration of this loom is that I wanted to keep it in its early form.  However, restoration with its original hardware was impossible due to its degraded state.  With the replacement of hardware my intent then became to keep it in good, original working order.  There were a few modifications that I therefore made to make it function a bit better than it originally did.

First of all shimming the beater is essential to smooth operation, disallowing it to rub on the horizontal support metal sides.

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Looking at the inside of the loom harness uprights it is apparent the the harnesses rub greatly during their cycling at the following points…

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This both damages the loom and creates more resistance than needed in working the harness levers.

I cut pieces of a very slippery plastic and fastened these in place to both protect the frame and the harnesses and to allow for easier operation of the levers…

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Loom-Demon Rust

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Someone recently quipped to me that the greatest threat to weaver’s looms was rust.  They said this in regard to ordering a new reed for the Leclerc Jano I am restoring.  I wound up ordering a 22″ reed made of carbon steel – $42.  We live in a very dry climate averaging 16″ of rainfall a year.  This makes it suitable for farming small grain…and not worrying about your loom reed if it is kept indoors and heated in the winter time.  Of course not everyone keeps an heirloom or an oddity-of-a-loom in a heated environment, let alone their home.  A couple years ago I was shown a loom that I enquired about.  I was in a deserted farm house that had its windows broken out.  It looked like the raccoons and coyotes had had their way with it.  Redeemable?  I offered to perform a funeral for it.  And sometimes I see ads on Kijiji for looms complete with its photo in a barn.  You’d have to go look if you were interested, but corrosion will most certain have taken its toll on metal parts minimally.  These are not treasures, they are junk.

The loom I am rebuilding has a need of reworking all metal due to rust.  There were 461, 9 1/2″ heddles on four harnesses.  Two hundred and sixty of these were wire heddles.  Original?  Probably.  And these are a solid mass of rust.  There is no way to recondition these.

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On the other hand two hundred and one are made of aluminum flat metal.  These I scoured, came out perfectly clean, and are ready for reinstallation when the harnesses are ready later today.  I am short 39 heddles for weaving 1 warp thread/dent on a reed trimmed down to 20″ @ 12 dents/inch.  I’ll start there…

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