Thursday, March 19, 2009

Eddie and the REALLY BIG loom




Today I dropped by the Macomber Looms shop as promised. Here's a picture of the outside of the shop. In Maine we are in the the beginnings of mud season. Not a pretty time of year!

Inside the shop I find Eddie (all-round-loom-builder-extraordinaire) hard at work making a fitting for a beam. He shows me this really BIG loom being made for a weaver in NY state. It is 122" (that's over 10 ft!!). It does not have the harnesses yet, but you can get a feel for the size of it. All the parts seem to be on steroids! It has two sets of treadles and 8 harnesses. I plan to go back when it is fully dressed out and take more pictures for you! Meanwhile, it is time to weave!
Sarah

4 comments:

  1. Wow! That is really cool to see!!! (Everything actually.....I always wondered how official the Macomber business was these days....and it's looking pretty official!)

    I love that wide loom! Will it be a two person loom - one at each end - for the two sets of treadles? I've heard that's how some special coverlets were woven in Kennebunk as the shipping industry faded in the late 1800's.

    Thanks for posting this!!

    Sue

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  2. Yup, it appears to be a two person loom. Eddie and i were speculating about a bench or standing to weave??

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  3. I am so excited about your site. I was recently given a Macomber loom. I have heard so many wonderful reviews on Macomber it was my loom of choice, then viola one was given to me. I guess it was meant to be. It is in need of a lot of TLC and various parts. I was told it would take about $500 and a lot of elbow grease to bring it back.I am such a newbie I'm overwhelmed by the project ahead of me. So I need to educate myself and turn this poor neglected loom into the jewel it was meant to be. Thank you so much for your educational and interesting site.
    How wonderful for you to live so close to where all the action takes place. I's love to come see the shop someday. What a thrill. : )I am so excited about your site. I was recently given a Macomber loom. I have heard so many wonderful reviews on Macomber it was my loom of choice, then viola one was given to me. I guess it was meant to be. It is in need of a lot of TLC and various parts. I was told it would take about $500 and a lot of elbow grease to bring it back. I am such a newbie I'm overwhelmed by the project ahead of me, but excited to learn all the in's and out's of my previously owned baby. I need to educate myself and turn this poor neglected loom into the jewel it was meant to be. Thank you so much for your educational and interesting site.
    Maybe someday I'll be blessed enough to come see the shop. What a thrill that would be.
    : )
    ~Sharon

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  4. whoop's somehow my draft and my final posted. Sorry about that.
    ~Sharon

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