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Leading Up To And Purchasing The Loom

A couple of months ago while working on a hand loom I was suddenly and forceable reminded of three men to whom I was pastor twenty four years ago when I moved my family to eastern Massachusetts.  I had not gone there to serve a church…I had gone there to begin my doctoral program at Boston College in religious epistemology.  Just before our move we had been contacted by a struggling congregation and asked if I would be interested in simultaneously serving them.  Following some discernment I said yes.  Two of the members of that church had been Draper employees, but by the time I arrived they had been retired already for over fifteen years.  While working on a hand weaving project I was reminded of them as I wove and I remembered with fondness standing outside the Draper factory as they told me their stories of having worked there (oral history was one area of my research/training).  Later that day I went on line and looked up Draper and even more came to mind.  Over time I read more and more.  I had no thoughts about purchasing a Draper loom at that time.  Over time I began to feel somewhat haunted by these men…people whom I had not seen in twenty years, but who kept tapping on my shoulder as I wove.  After a couple of months of this I sent off an email asking to speak with Peter Eaton who had restored one of these.  I really had no idea why I wanted to talk.  When I got him on the phone, and finished asking my questions, I was floored when he said that his loom was for sale…that they did not have the time to maintain both their weaving and their leather-making. He said that they were asking $2,500 for everything – control box, loom, quill winder, bobbin winder, tension box, etc..  I talked with my wife.  We decided to buy the machine.

So last week we started 2,200 miles east and purchased this restored and fully functioning Draper Model D power loom on Sunday, March 27, from the Eatons who live outside Lancaster, PA, USA…

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We broke it down into the castle and base…

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We loaded it on Monday March 28 and started our 2,200 mile trip home at 2 p.m….

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