Building a Rigid heddle loom
I'm a woodworker and my fiancee is a long time knitter and fancier of all things fiber. She wants to weave. I like to create beautiful things from wood. So it seems natural that I would build her a loom. I got real lucky on Craigslist [I think :-)] so we have a 32", 4 harness Hammett coming, but it will be a project to refinish and set up--- So I'd still like to put together a [folding?] table loom in the mean time.
I thought there would be dozens of plans to choose from, but now I don't even see where anyone else is looking for plans. Granted, they aren't a lot of money to buy, but I have a garage full of maple, cherry & walnut pieces-- and the urge to create a one of a kind loom with the best features of all of the looms I've been looking at.
Am I missing something? Is there a forum or a book that does a lot of the sorting through of things that work-- and things that don't?
My thoughts at this point make it a folder, about 15-20" wide, bearings for the beams, metal pawls,[cranks or knobs?]; it will use 2 heddles, which I will buy....... [I don't see much difference between manufacturers-- is there a stand-out?]
I think I should look for or create a thread somewhere [on the Rigid heddle group?] along the lines of 'this is what I love [or hate] about my rigid heddle loom.
Any suggestions- on building, researching, or using are appreciated--