The weaving universe is full of looms moving from home to home. At any given moment, who knows how many looms are leaving factory or home studio to either molder away unsung or land in a loving environment where someone will cherish them and use them wisely. This morning the kiddies and I went to the Upcountry History Museum to check out the exhibit commemorating the War of 1812 and the siege of Fort McHenry (Francis Scott Key's inspiration for The Star Spangled Banner).
While there I couldn't resist another look at the permanent exhibit honoring Greenville's textile history, and this nicely restored Draper loom. Greenville was once home to thousands of these looms, but when I moved here in the Seventies, I saw field after field of these rusting away in the open air. A few were rescued, as this one in UHM's galleries:
My studio has been temporary home to some choice looms (none as big as the Draper) and all have found good situations. An 8-shaft custom-built oak loom, which I was unable to operate after an automobile accident ended my treadling days, found a good home with an athletic weaver who subsequently wove literally miles of fabric on it. A 60" rug loom likewise found a good home with a fit young weaver. Two dobby looms are now in use with other weavers who appreciate their capabilities at least as much as I did. I purchased three used 4-shaft looms from a person who was giving up weaving, thinking I would like to give classes in my studio. That idea didn't come to fruition, but one of those looms took up temporary residence with a loved family member for a while. Her selvedges were perfect (you know who you are!); nevertheless all three looms eventually moved on, too. I like to think of all these looms, large and small, as taking part in the Great Loom Migration.
And now there is another loom looking for the right home. The time has come to give up my 40-shaft dobby loom with computer interface. Perhaps you are the perfect person for this loom. Download a pdf file with more information and pictures here.