The cast shaft brackets were removed and shown in my previous post.
The long metal bars fit into a couple brackets that are attached to the loom frame.
I removed them by threading craft chenille wires through the top and bottom loops while still on the shafts, to keep them in order. For a two shaft rug loom, there were a lot of heddles. I wired them into eight bundles and then pulled the shaft bars out of the shafts.
My energy level was just coming back following my most recent chemo treatment, so this was a good project, taking just a few minutes at a time.
I just left them in the oven until I was ready for the next bundle, anywhere from 30 minutes to a couple hours.
After removing them from the oven, I sprayed the bundle with silicone to keep rust from forming again. They will need to be wiped down well before using them to make sure any dark residue is removed. I will make sure to not use a white warp for the first run of rugs.
I finished up with a silicone spray.
Once all the loom pieces are prepped, I will finish all the wood with a polyurethane varnish.