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I recall several articles I've read about the resurgence of weaving looms, making fabric the old-fashioned way. I recall one article in particular in, I believe, 'Mother Earth News' from the 70's, of a loom built by a man for his wife, who spun her own threads and yarns for weaving on it. I've seen something close to what I have in mind here: http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/webdocs/df1_loom.pdf but I need advice as to which kind of design is good to operate.
Is there anyone out there with personal experience with looms that operated off the grid, I'd like to know which designs are practical for home use. I want to build one, yea, a big one, I've seen them with a 6-foot by 8-foot structure. I recall seeing a few built of maple, operated with shuttles, console and foot pedals. I think it would be fun to build one of these fairly complicated machines, and see what it will do. I just want to build the right one, right from the git-go.
Anyone with first-hand knowledge of these machines, I'd like to hear from you!
 

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I am a weaver and I have two looms, both produced commercially (one by a Canadian builder leclerc) and one by an American factory (Schacht). I would recommend you look over the linked websites to see what different kinds of loom there are.

The loom you linked is a counterbalance loom, I think it'd be easier to start with a jack loom (it's a different operating mechanism and a bit easier to construct I think.)

Another option would be to take a weaving class at a weaving school or shop where you are. That way you learn what the various parts of the loom do, how they need to be balanced and what is behind the engineering.

Shoot me an email at fiddlebanshee at that wellknown hotmail domain and I'd be happy to give you some pointers.
 

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Here's another good webpage to explain the different types of looms:

loom comparison

I have to take my big 6 ft jack loom apart in a couple of weeks because we are moving, and I am so not looking forward to that. It'd be cool if you were closer and you could come and help me do that, you'd learn what all the parts are and how they go together.
 
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