Went down to see the AVL 24-shaft, 24″ Workshop Dobby Loom today and liked it so much I bought it on the spot. It’s a beautifully engineered machine – elegant in design and very functional. I could rhapsodize on and on about all the interesting features, like the sandpaper beam, but I think I’ll wait for that until I actually have the critter in hand and can investigate them more thoroughly. Meanwhile, if you’re curious, you can check out AVL’s product page on the WDL.
Mike and I are going to pick it up on Wednesday evening (Monday and Tuesday are already booked), at which point it will likely sit in the living room until I can sell Lady Di (thus making enough room to set up the WDL). I plan to post her for sale on Thursday or Friday – after I figure out what of her equipment can be used with the AVL. So if you know anyone in the Bay Area who might be interested in a 16-shaft, 24″ computer-driven loom with second back beam and extra reeds for about $2000, please let me know. I’m hoping to sell her quickly, say in the next week or so, so I have room to set up the WDL.
Which means I probably won’t have time to finish threading her up and weave off the current project. Oh well, no great loss, I suppose, considering the light spots in the warp made it a marginal project anyway. I could save it, but given its flaws and the fact that a friend is having a tie-dye party in a week or so (meaning I can easily paint a new warp then), I’m inclined to chalk it up to experience.
Whee! Whee! Whee! I have SO wanted an AVL for ages, and specifically the workshop dobby loom, since it’s so small. I’m super-excited and can’t WAIT to start weaving on it!