Looms: Medium size Hokett 8dpi; Large Hokett, 6dpi; Schacht Rigid Heddle 25"; Mirrix Little Brother 12"; Mirrix Big Sister 16"; Norwood Workshop Floor Loom, 4 shaft, direct tie-up; Tools of the Trade (TOTT) 26" 4 shaft, 6 treadle; and now a Louet Erica 4 shaft 30cm Table Loom.
I love my looms, all of them. I've sold a few, a 20" Ashford Knitter's Loom, a Medium Hokett 6dpi. I plan to sell the Norwood, Schacht and possibly the smaller Mirrix soon.
I also plan to acquire an 8 shaft 24" Baby Mac from a friend, and possibly will sell the TOTT though I'm on the fence about that.
Pics below show the TOTT set up with a live weight tensioning system I saw in a blog post by Tien Chiu . The mechanics of using small weights and an even smaller counterweight to tension the warp beam by simple friction work well.
I bought the small weights from Play It Again Sports, they're used and cost only twenty five cents a pound...
The live weight system works so much better than the puny ratchet brake on the loom. I can advance the warp easily from the bench. The TOTT was originally a table loom, rebuilt by the builder to accommodate lamms and treadles. I bought it used from a seller in No. Haverhill, NH. I replaced the cords and chains with Texsolve, added a few hundred new inserted eye heddles.
My sweet Jackson went to sleep in June, 2017, after contracting cancer. Summer was a blur, I wandered aimlessly, no reason to go home, no one to share walks, meals, mornings, evenings. Bad time. He was so special--
But at the end of August I met my new puppy, Gatsby. He was a recent arrival at the Animal Refuge of Greater Portland, a sato from Puerto Rico. He's a bit less than a year old, sweet, mischievous, smart and little. So flexible and agile. The second night, he crawled up onto my bed and right into my heart.
So lucky am I.
|Gatsby At the River|
|Gatsby Bundled up|