Power Loom Shop Pad Excavated

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It took all afternoon to excavate and level the rest of the 20′ x 40′ area with the loader on our Kubota B3030.  This will be the shed for our power loom.  This is a 6′ high, 8′ deep, and 20′ long pile of soil that came from that excavation.  The pad is dug deep enough to fill with gravel that will compact to 6″, with a 6″ concrete pad, and 9″ of curtain wall along its edges.

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Draper Model E Loom

Weaving is an enduring pattern, that given similar geographic, economic, and social circumstances, communities maintain habits of life over immense periods of time.  The technology of these patterns may vary and change.  But the deepest elements of these behaviours are deeply intuitional.

In short, weaving is a community affair.

There is a vast network of weavers and fibre artists active in the world today.  A great part of weaving is meeting others who are friendly to passing on their knowledge and skills.

When looking for a power loom last spring I came into contact with Harley in South Carolina.  With 50 years of experience in industrial power loom weaving he now finds and resells usable, working power looms.

Here are pics and a description of a Draper Model E loom that he now has on the market…

Draper E-Model
36″ wide
Plain weave 2 harness
Set up to weave from creel.
Battery
Running loom
Excellent condition
No missing parts
All original
I am sending some preliminary pictures. I will be taking better pictures next week.

People are invaluable resources to learning to operate looms in general, and power looms in particular.  It’s great when folks are willing to pass on this information. This loom is obviously currently set up for rug weaving…

 

Harley can be contacted at: jabercrom08 at aol dot com

Drilling Shop Footing

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Yesterday I paid for re-bar for a 20′ x 40′ concrete pad which will be the shop that houses our Draper Model D power loom.  Last night a friend delivered it.

Today we finished cleaning out this area.  Then I excavated down to the bottom of the footing.  The concrete floor will sit 5″ below the top of the shed’s footing.  I drilled a series of holes, 18″ apart along the footing, 10″ down.  Although the new pad will be 5″ thick, I set the re-bar half way down the depth of this pad’s footing which will be 10″.  Setting re-bar too high allows for the concrete to break out along the top should the pad decides to shift.

A hammer drill is used to drill the anchor holes for the re-bar.  Other than having to push on the drill in order to activate its hammering, it pretty much works all on its own.

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The next step is to start excavating the dirt in the shed in preparation for sand and gravel to bring the sub floor back up the correct grade.

Cleaning Shed In Prep For Power Loom

Although it doesn’t look like much right now, it is far removed from what it was a week ago.  In the process of being cleared, this area will be set up with forms and poured with concrete asap.  This summer was far too busy to having done this by now.  Waiting for hay to cure it is the perfect alternate work.  Trying to work out the final size of the pad it needs to be at least 25′ x 30’…

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