Due to frustrations others and I have had transporting this guild loom, I wrote up these instructions to try and prevent anyone else having the same problems. Follow the instructions in the order given for ease of use. The securing ties may seem like overkill, but they beat the alternative of trying to untangle all the cables and they will make the loom easier to use.
The loom in the photos is not mine. It may have been modified and might not match other looms of its kind.Tie shafts securely on all sides to keep them from swinging. (Use two ties per side.)
Unclamp the metal side braces attached to the back and fold the back beam forward. Temporarily tie to the castle. The brace will be fastened later.
Unclamp the front metal braces.
The metal braces rest on the screws in the bottom wooden side pieces.
In order to fold the loom, the treadles need to be released from under the cross brace board. Push the breast beam forward slightly to tip the loom.
The treadles are now able to be raised.
Tie a couple cords around pairs of treadles near the hardware so there is something to lift them.
Unclip the treadles from the cords.
Place the front warp tie bar on top of the breast beam with slack in the tie-on ribbons.
Lift and tie the treadles to the breast beam over the tie bar so the treadles are standing upright.
Unfolding the Loom
Starting with last instructions, reverse the process. Make sure the rope is over each pulley wheel when attaching the treadle clips. Also check the cables and pulley wheels at the top.
Adjusting the Shafts Before Weaving
With the loom unfolded, there may be a couple adjustments needed to get everything level and ready to weave.
Check the shafts to make sure they are level and all at the same height. The distance from the top of the level shafts and the top of the loom should be 8 1/2". If everything is level and at the correct height, the loom is ready for weaving.
To level the shafts, first slide the clamps up on the cables.
Once the height is adjusted, it is time to weave. Happy weaving!