I hope this is an acceptable place to post this- I'm new here!
Someone local is selling a "Varpapuu floor loom" with an 8' weaving width. It's definitely beyond my skill level right now to be producing/investing in 8' pieces. I am a relatively new weaver using a Leclerc Inca jack loom, but I would love to have the ability to make larger pieces down the road [blankets and rugs], and the price can't be beat [she wants next to nothing for it], so I am tempted to take it and just store it until I can use it. That said, there's very little info in the ad and she claims to have bought it and never assembled it, so I will not be seeing it up and running. I'm hoping someone with more experience can tell me what I should ask/look for and also what model this might be from the photo she provided [from her original purchase] as my attempt to google it has turned up nothing. The only tag on it says "Varpapuu Pieksamaki Finland", no model info.
Any insight you could give me into this mystery Varpapuu would be much appreciated!
The Varpa FINLANDIA loom is certainly not a mystery loom. Just because it wasn't made in N. America doesn't render it unknown. This is an excellent loom built until the late 1980's or later and is similar in construction to the Toika Liisa. Weavers preferred the underslung beater for rugs and it can be converted to overhead (see if the overhead kit from the Toika Liisa will fit).
I thought this was the Finlandia model so glad to hear from others that is what it is. I brought this home beginning of December and have slowly been assembling it.
Hey, I have that same Inca jack loom. I do not have sectional on now, but do have LeClerc sectional pieces- did you put your on yourself? Also, is your beater in the right place? I just found out mine is not- was having bottom tension issues and someone pointed it out according to the Inca manual from Camilla Valley Farm...