Yesterday I got Grace to say “Hello World!” It took about six hours to finish threading, debug, and weave off her first warp, but here she is, loud and clear:
There are still a few details to work out, visible as defects in the weaving – but she is up and working!!
Here are some photos from the process:
I insisted on getting a photo with my friend Dave, who led the assembly and whose expertise was essential for getting everything together. It would have taken far, far longer without him! (And he’s one of the few people I know whose tie-dye wardrobe is better than mine.)
Dave is an electromechanical genius – not only did he help us get Grace up and going, he spent several hours yesterday putting Emmy (my AVL 40-shaft loom) onto an ingenious dolly:
The wheels of the dolly are actually leveling casters, which means they can be converted from feet to wheels and vice-versa. This should make Emmy easy to move around when I need to move her, and quite stable otherwise. (Grace arrived with those leveling casters installed – a gift from Digital Weaving Norway/Tronrud Engineering.)
So thank you, Dave – fantastic work, and very much appreciated. If you ever need anything woven, you know where to come. 🙂