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I am looking for some help in identifying the maker of this vintage floor loom.  I bought it at an estate sale and can not find any identifying labels or marks on it.  The primary frame appears to be made out of maple or possibly cherry.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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help you but what and interesting loom!

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What a wonderful loom!

Why are you wanting to know the maker....needs repairs, instructions or parts? It looks so complete and so professionally done! And the little doggie is cut, too!

It's so lovely....I'd just start weaving!

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Very nice loom.  Perhaps it

Very nice loom.  Perhaps it was a home built loom based on the early Macombers.  Looks very much like the photo here:

http://macomberloomsandme.blogspot.com/2012/03/history-lesson.html

It looks to be in incredible condition.  I love your little "helper" who is checking it out.

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exactly what I was thinking, gailc

I'm glad you posted the blog post for the history; I'd thought that several of the components looked so much like Macomber (there seemed to be jacks similar to the Macomber and the shape of the back beam looked Macomber-ish).  It would be very interesting to know if it was indeed either a Macomber or if it was designed based upon one.  Those warp beams are massive!

If it were mine, I'd also want to know more about it.  Cat... just because I'd be curious about its provenance.  

Tommye (owner of an older Ruthie tapestry loom, about which I've been curious and have found out some bit of background about it)

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exactly what I was thinking, gailc

I'm glad you posted the blog post for the history; I'd thought that several of the components looked so much like Macomber (there seemed to be jacks similar to the Macomber and the shape of the back beam looked Macomber-ish).  It would be very interesting to know if it was indeed either a Macomber or if it was designed based upon one.  Those warp beams are massive!

If it were mine, I'd also want to know more about it.  Cat... just because I'd be curious about its provenance.  

Tommye (owner of an older Ruthie tapestry loom, about which I've been curious and have found out some bit of background)

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This incredible woman might be of help....

She might have information in her incredible collection. Contact her here:

e-mail: jmeany@weaversfriend.com

website: www.weaversfriend.comYes, I understand wanting to know about the loom's past....I feel the same way about my old Structo Artcraft Floor Loom! This loom in your photo may be a homemade version of a Macomber (with lamms and treadles like my old Structo and not like my Macombers) that answered some special needs of a particular weaver and how he/she did things. I have homemade tools and equipment like that and it's so neat to have them!

 

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That's a very interesting loom and sorry dont know anything about loom maker or manufactures but your loom's quite wonderful and nice.

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Spammer alert = marga24

Don't click on the link above folks.

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Loom ID - Unknown, Looks very much like my jack

I have a very similar jack loom, 4 harness-6treadle.  Mine does not have any markings either.  Love weaving on it.  I've seen another similar but was a different set up for the jack mechanism.  All have the same beefy warp beams and the chunky rope brakes, though.  Mine also has the metal bar lifts.  The previous owner new nothing except she got it from someone else.

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Did you get an answer?

We're you able to identify the loom? I'm looking at buying one that looks JUST like this, minus the second, higher, warp beam, but I have no idea who makes it!

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Binder Loom

Thank you to everyone who responded to my question about identifying my vintage loom. You are such a wonderful group of people! I am relatively certain that my loom is a Binder loom. I have gathered some documentation that looks identical to my loom.  The Binder looms were built in southern California and I found mine in Napa, CA.  There is another discussion forum on this website that talks about the Binder loom in detail. That's where I picked up most of my information.

 

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like a Macomber loom. But maybe Macomber or binder got there jacks from the same source. Here is the link to the information above http://weavolution.com/forum/chat/binder-loom-1949-26507

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I too have been searching

I have two looms by the same manufacturer (which I have now learned to be by Binder) and have been trying to find out who made them now for about a year.  Both (a four harness and an eight harness) were purchased by my mother (Esther Feldman) in Los Angeles in the late 1950s.  Mom was an artist who worked primarily in the fiber arts.  She explored weaving for a decade or so and then transitioned more and more into stitchary.  I dismantled the looms for her sometime around 1970 to make more room for her newer interests, and the looms were placed in storage.  Mother passed a few years ago and I am cleaning out the house and came across all the parts except for some of the outer frame for the 8-harness (which I suspect are still buried in the clutter).  Aside from the extra warp reel shown in your photograph, the 8-harness loom is a match with your yours.  I am very happy to have come across this site as my knowledge of weaving islimited to what I learned from my mother long ago, and I now have a whole room of supplies and equipment to go through and eventually sell.  I have yet to explore this web sitebut look foreward to doing so.  I just wanted to say hello and thanks.

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Binder Loom

Yes, it is a Binder.  Mr. Binder and Mr. Burnham were brothers-in-law.  The Burnhams made looms and had a weaving studio in Southern California that produced long woven lengths for drapery.  One of our old members of our guild was a weaver in the Burnham studio.  She said her first warp was 100 yards of off white and texture yarns!  I bought my first loom from Mr. Binder - he was about 93 at the time.  I think it was in Long Beach or Anaheim in 1974. 

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Binder Loom

Thank you for that information Deirdre.  As our home was in West Los Angeles, it is very likely that my motheer was familiar with the studio.  I do know that she was involved with the Southern California Handweavers Guild for many years, but I have not yet found any of her logs and records from that period.  I wonder if anyone has catalogs or assembly instructions for the older looms (Binder and others), as that might be a useful reference for both myself and others on this list.  So much history is lost because the records are not kept or not made available to others.

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