I have been throwing around the idea in my head for a community weaving project. I had a meeting last week with some people who give grants for such things so have put feelers out to see how to go about this.
My plan. Have a tapestry loom (which at the end will become my loom to keep) made by the technical school I went to back in the day. The wood will come from local trees that my brother cuts down, he’s a tree man. The school will make the loom to my specs, I just need to provide the supplies and plans, they do the rest. After that the loom and I will travel to local festivals and fairs with a journal(s) so each person that adds to the project can write their thoughts about it. I will have all the yarns pre-dyed in specific colors to keep harmony and consistency in the piece. At the end of all this, the finished piece will be able to travel to different places as a beauty in community diversity project.
On to the loom. I need plans, not just for a basic loom but one that will be of use to me for the rest of my life. The loom can be big since a large truck will be available to me and I will have two men to help me move it where it needs to be.
I would love an upright Gobelin style loom if possible but am open to suggestions since the fanciest loom I have is a large Ashford Tapestry loom. Where does one find such types of plans? Are there other upright loom styles I should look in to?
I appreciate any help offered. I especially would love to hear about anyone the has tried one of these type of community projects.