Inkle Loom

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Project by Scott R. Turner posted 09-03-2009 02:00 AM 8002 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“What’s the price of an inkle?” “One penny.”—Love’s Labours Lost, Shakespeare

These are photos of an Inkle loom I made my wife for our anniversary this summer. Inkle looms have traditionally been used to weave long, narrow straps, such as belts, pack straps, etc. There are no moving parts other than the shuttle.

The body of the loom is maple; the joinery and posts are walnut. The tensioner features a hand-carved maple handle. It is finished with linseed oil.

The design was inspired by Robert Karl

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#1 posted 09-03-2009 02:20 AM

hey Scott looks cool unlike anything I’ve seen


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#2 posted 09-03-2009 03:27 AM

Nice work. Almost makes me wish I had a use for long strips of woven cloth (-;

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-03-2009 03:43 AM

That is a cool loom. I had to go on the web to see how it worked. Nicely done.

-- Marc

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#4 posted 09-03-2009 03:08 PM

WOW very nice I like it…

-- David '65

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#5 posted 09-03-2009 11:06 PM

What’s this web site coming to. This is the second Inkle Loom in the past three years. Before long we will become a weaving web site. :>)

Great job. I only remember the first one because we all had to ask what was an Inkle Loom.

Nice job. Your is a lot bigger than the first one.

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-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 09-03-2009 11:51 PM

Very cool. I’m heading to google to find out how it works without moving parts. Still, nice work.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 09-04-2009 12:23 AM

Thanks, all, for the nice comments.

I didn’t find David’s loom until after I’d designed my own, which was too bad since his Sketchup plans would have been very useful. I think our looms are both about the same size, although I think mine is a bit thicker—having never used an Inkle loom myself I had to guess about how sturdy it needed to be.

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#8 posted 09-04-2009 01:56 AM

That’s cool! I had a friend make a loom once, but it sure wasn’t that gorgous. Great job.

-- John @

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#9 posted 01-14-2011 04:58 AM

The loom looks great. I would like to build one. Do you have any plans you would be willing to share?

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#10 posted 01-14-2011 05:49 AM

I’m sorry, I don’t have any plans. I did some rough sketches and “winged” the rest of it!

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