They are Union rug looms. The first one has some serious rust issues going on. I think I’ll set this one up for display only unless I can find somewhere to buy a new reed.
The other one is in much more usable condition. But it is shoved into a corner. It weighs a ton so my weenie muscles can’t move it. I’ll have to convince a few strong men to move it for me.
Because of that I didn’t get any warping done today but I did fix the spinning wheel while I was there. Amazing how much better they work with a drive band.
I didn’t accomplish much but I at least know what we need to get started. There are no tools at all other than the looms so I’ll need to track down a warping board and shuttle. If anyone local knows where we can get some cheap (or better yet free) let me know.
Speaking of free…
I’ve never been one to pass up a free elephant. This one is, um, a bit of a fixer upper. I’m not even sure all the parts are there. No manual. No pictures of what it should look like on the interwebs.
It might just be a fancy looking pile of kindling.
But with any luck, I’ll be making rugs like those in the Governor’s house someday before I die.
If not, the Governor had a lovely quilt I could copy instead…
Edited to add:
We’re getting there.
But does anyone know where this thing goes?
Edited to add again:
Nevermind, I figured it out. It’s the break! Woo hoo! I got this sucker together!