My left arm is healing up well, but it’s been rather sore post-surgery, so I’ve been messing around on the computer, putting the final polish on the book proposal and working on studio floor plans. After a couple iterations, here are the two combinations I’m contemplating (each square of the grid is one foot):
Of the two, I like #2 better as it allows for much more storage space, and keeps the back of both looms facing towards the door of the garage, meaning that if I need more space behind each loom I can always open the garage door. The only problem with this arrangement is that the space between looms is quite tight – only 18 inches except on the side aisle, where there is a 2′ gap. That will be awkward if we wind up needing to move large items through – they’ll have to go around the house instead of through the garage. It will also be awkward if I need to do maintenance on the TC-2 from the narrower aisle. (I am leaning towards purchasing a TC-2, in case you hadn’t guessed, but the footprint for an AVL Jacq3G isn’t really all that different.)
The 2′ corridor to the left has to be left open, as the washer/dryer and the water heater are on the left wall. They are not part of the diagram, as I did not consider that usable space, but access to both needs to be preserved.
It is a relief to note that both looms will fit. I was worried that they might not. In floor plan #2, there is even enough space for us to continue to store a bunch of stuff in the garage, which will allow Mike more space for woodworking in the yet-to-be-designed shed.
In other news, I have now threaded 420 threads of the warp. That means I’m exactly 15% done. At this rate, assuming the arm heals up soon, I should be weaving by the end of August. Woo hoo!
Oops! Tigress has brought over a paper pirn and is insisting that I play fetch with her. Must go entertain my hyperactive furry playmate. After that, of course, there will be breakfast, which (in this house) sometimes looks like this:
At least she’s keeping me on my toes!