Bob and I just finished rescuing a second loom. My first one was my Weaver's Delight from the Newcomb Loom Company. I detailed my restoration of that loom in previous blog posts. This second loom, a copy of a Gilmore loom, could have been a big mistake for us if we both weren't so persistent in getting it working.
I purchased it without really thinking it through because it was an 8-shaft loom and the price was right. I didn't have a loom with 8 shafts except for a table loom. Although it is a nice Glimakra Loom, I don't care to weave using hand levers because they are too slow for me.
Unfortunately, the other owner purchased it not knowing is was never gpomg to be a functional loom for her. She said the person she got it from told her it was a kit. That "kit" was not all there, lacking some very important parts. A loom needs a brake and warp advance system and this loom was missing that.
Gilmore Loom Company to see if the loom could possibly be a Gilmore. It turns out is was sort of a copy, but Bob was very helpful anyway. I was able to get the proper ratchets and a few other parts for the brake system and he showed us how to make some other parts and how to install them.
I have about five yards of warp on the loom, so I should be able to get 4-5 towels woven. I like the antique look I get from using the tan warp. I plan on weaving towels in dark red, navy blue, dark green and whatever strikes my fancy for the remainder.
Another loom has been rescued and doing what it was intended to do and I now have an eight shaft floor loom with a 40" weaving width for about $500. It feels good!