|The rocky coast of Deer Isle Maine|
|Lesley scrapes off masking tape.|
Now mind you, these loom see far less action than they did when I first attended Haystack in the 1970s. The Textile studio now is used for all sorts of surface design and textile arts. So these looms get used maybe once a season. And over the years they have been rather neglected. As with many communal studio spaces the equipment does not get the TLC one would give their own loom. So these looms had YEARS of crusty masking tape gummed up all over them. That was our first task, to remove the tape.
We discovered that Silicone spray on the old tape would work really well to help loosen up the stuff. Then using a scraper we could usually easily remove most of the old tape.
Please remember to REMOVE all the tape whenever you put it on your loom!! Your loom will love you back for this effort.
|Silicone spray helps loosen old tape|
|Many hands make light work, thanks team!|
|Hoisting the looms down from the loft|
Now because the Textile studio is used for many other techniques besides weaving, about ten of the looms are stored in a loft. Here's how we got them up and down! No easy task!
|Misty evening on Haystack shores.|
|Yes, the color of the water is really this green!|
|Sarah at Sunapee NH Crafts fair|
|Computing Magazine article|
On a final note, I get many calls from people that are re-habbing old Macomber Looms. Most folks want the short cut version of what to do. So here you go:
MACOMBER LOOM REHAB AND BASIC MAINTENANCE LIST:
- Clean all the wood with Murphy's Oil soap
- If any of the wood is "raw" apply a light urethane to seal it
- Vaseline all connections between bronze and steel (jacks, etc)
- Spray metal parts with silicone spray (Heddle bars, etc) (NEVER use WD30 or 3 in 1 oil!!)
- Spray lamms and guides with silicone spray
- If cast iron parts are rusty, use Rustoleum paint