It all happened so fast! Â There I was, sitting by my computer, working on drafting patterns, when an email came in. Â It was from a gentleman in San Jose who was looking to sell or donate a small loom.
I had been idly considering getting a second loom – primarily to weave samples for my articles in HandwovenÂ – but wasn’t motivated enough to pay $300+ for it on Craigslist. Â This gentleman said in his email that he wasn’t really interested in the money, mostly trying to get rid of it and/or get it somewhere where it would be used – so I gave him a call, and we arrived at a price that worked for both of us.
Now, of course, came the problem of where to put the loom. Â I hastily cleared some space out of the garage, put a couple things up on the Craigslist “free items” classifieds, and within a few hours had enough space. Â Mike was kind enough to go with me to help load it, and I am now the proud owner of a 4-shaft, Harrisville 22″ loom. Â Which I have promptly named “Harry” – short for “Harrisville”, of course.
There is, alas, no room for Harry in my studio, so he’s going to live in the garage. Â Fortunately, I live in a mild climate, so temperature and humidity swings shouldn’t be too bad, and it should be warm enough to work there (well, most of the time, anyway).
Here is a pic of Harry, newly arrived:
Harry came with a rusty 6-dent reed, but fortunately the beater looks like it will take the 24″ reeds that Sophie uses, and I’m sure she wouldn’t mind sharing. Â He also came with a tilting bench (with an AVL bench bag not shown in this photo), which unfortunately is a little too high to work comfortably, so I’ve appropriated it for use with Sophie, and swapped in her loom bench, which does go low enough.
Harry also came with a warping board and all sorts of other goodies, including a homemade raddle and some tiny boat shuttles about 6″ long (? – haven’t measured). Â I thinkÂ there is even a set of angel wings, but am not sure yet.
At any rate, Harry is here and is quite welcome – though he will probably have to wait some time for serious attention, as I am fully booked with Autumn Splendor until it’s done. Â I’m guessing I’ll warp up on him sometime in February, most likely with samples for my next Handwoven article (whatever that will be).