A good friend sent me a photo. It arrived yesterday. It is a working power loom located in Upper Canada Village where she visited some time around 2008. It was really touching that she thought of me. She is a wonderful weaver.
Water powered, here is the dynamo behind the woolen factory there…
March 28, 2016 – Loaded in Pennsylvania awaiting the trip home…
October 31, 2016 – Parts unloaded onto shop floor, loom awaiting unloading, Thunderhill, Manitoba…
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.
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…
Plain weave 2 harness
Set up to weave from creel.
No missing parts
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