Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Weaver's Delight Restoration - Sectional Warp Beam

None of my other looms have a sectional warp beam, so I'm glad I took a lot of photos before taking it apart.

This is straight out of the van after bringing it home from Minnesota.  It was dirty and rusty.  If anyone is going to restore one of these looms, get some orientation pictures so it can be put back together correctly.
This cast iron end is marked N6.  The wooden bar that the straps are stapled to are bolted to that section.
This end of the beam is marked N5.  The other end of the bar with the straps attaches to the N5 section.

Another thing to take a photo of is the orientation of the holes on the wooden bars.  They will all be facing the same direction.

Note the bar next to the one with the straps with buckles.  It has a heavy cord stapled to the hole side.  
It needs to be put back together in the right order for the cord to serve it's purpose, which is to hold the strap ends while winding each section. It keeps them from flopping around before each section is filled.  If your loom doesn't have the cord, it is an easy addition to make.

Before removing the straps for cleaning, I marked the center one, so I would know which direction to staple them back on.  They are stapled to the underside of the bar and wrap almost completely around the bar.  If they aren't wrapped around, the staples will tear the twill tape, and the buckle end will not end up where it is supposed to be.  The end of the buckle should be between the bar with the cord, and the one it's stapled to.
Finished N5 end.
Finished N6 end.
It feels good to have a section of the loom done.  Actually I have quite a bit of it done.  Pictures will come in another post.

1 comment:

  1. Looks great! Have you ever used a sectional warp beam before? I've seen them but not seen how each section is wound. I'm looking forward to reading your post on that aspect, too, when the loom is completed and you're about to start warping.
    Seems the "end" is definitely in sight!