The studio is located outside the beautiful town of Charlevoix, Michigan, about one mile from Lake Michigan and Lake Charlevoix.
Saturday, May 26, 2012
Weaver's Delight Loom Restoration
Since I was last on here, I purchased an old Weaver's Delight loom, made by the Newcomb Loom Co. I had to wait over a month to get enough time off work to make the trip to Minnesota to pick it up. This is a view from the side and back, taken by the seller.
This is a view from the front. It is in pretty good shape, so hopefully the restoration will not take a long time. I spent today laying the parts out in the garage, getting some before photos, and going the the hardware for navel jelly, and a wire brush for removing rust, kerosene for cleaning gunk off the cast iron parts, and something to clean the wood.
I thought I would start by trying the navel jelly on the rusty heddles. It worked pretty well on most of them, although there were a few that were pretty rusty. I may be throwing some of them out. I coated the bunch with the jelly, wrapped them in plastic wrap, and let them sit while I washed windows and screens inside and outside the studio. When I came back to the parts, I rinsed the jelly off, and then used my wire brush to remove a little more rust. Once they were as clean as I could get them, I put them on cookie trays in the oven (on low) for a while to dry them.
This is about half of the heddles. The rest of them are still on the shafts. I also tried the navel jelly on the most rusted cam, and the nuts, bolts, and washers that held on the top part of the beater bar. They cleaned up beautifully.
The cam will get a coat of Rustoleum to help prevent rust in the future, and everything else will get a light coat of machine oil, also to help prevent rust.
There will be more pictures to come, as I continue with the restoration.