I recently had an opportunity to add a very large loom to my studio. I don't recall how I came across the Craig's List posting, but it was only three hours away. After checking with the seller and a couple others familiar with the Bexell Cranbrook countermarche or counterbalance looms, I found it could be upgraded to an 8-shaft loom, so I decided to make the purchase.
Near the end of February, my daughter Carolyn and I collapsed the stow-and-go seats in the van and took off for Midland, Michigan to meet my new loom and former owner Maryanne.
Here is Maryanne saying goodbye.
A bonus with the purchase were the extra reeds, shuttles, rug yarn, and warping reel.
See that beater? It was designed for making tight rugs. It is heavy!
Above Bob's head in the foreground is the jack mechanism for the countermarche. There is definitely room to add four more shafts. We just need to go purchase the hardwood. We will need to cut eight more jacks, four treadles, eight shaft bars, four lower lamms and four upper lamms. When I do the additions, I will probably use Texsolv cord instead of chains for all the tie-ups.
I decided to try and use the four yard warp that was still on the warp beam. It was a bit tangled, so I got a bit of weight on it and started dangling it down the stairway to get it straightened.
There was no cross, so here I am inserting a lease stick into the warp at the back. It was a pretty warp, with lots of colors, so it was worth trying to save. Since every two warp threads were a different color, it was pretty easy to get the cross back onto the lease sticks.