I have been renovating an English four poster 8-shaft countermarch loom made by George and John Maxwell in 1950's. I still need to buy some parts and find a carpenter for others.
I am intending to use it primarily for rugs and have a few queries. Firstly, I am wondering whether other weavers use steel rods for their apron or end warp rods? I don't have aprons so intend to thread Texolv cord through the beam, and around the rod/bar. I would appreciate thoughts on type of steel for optimum tensile strength, whether rod (diameter?) or a flat bar (width and depth?) and what to ask for at metal suppliers. I am in Ireland.
The maximum weaving width is 42", It has a plain back beam (not sectional). It only has one pivot point for both sets of lamms. I understand this was to allow for more space beneath and easier access for tie ups. It is definitely a countermarch with overhead jacks.
I presume the only drawback to this is confusion over which lamms are which.I presume they are arranged to alternate on the single pivot bar rather than one set next to the other?
Any thoughts gratefully received.