would this be a good loom to buy?

I'm looking to buy a used floor loom--hopefully somewhere close to where I live--and I found this one posted for sale not too far away. It's a Norwood. I'm not familiar with this brand. If they are not made anymore, would it be hard to get parts for it. The seller is asking $800 and says it's in excellent condition. (BTW: I'm new to Weavolution so if there's a more appropriate place to post this question than in the "Weaving" section, would someone please tell me?)  Here's what the ad says:  4 harness floor loom, 24" wide with bench and spool rack. 100% cherry. Beautiful piece! Comes with an appromately 100$ warping board made out of 100% oak.


Posted on Fri, 11/21/2014 - 18:57

What do you want to weave?  If you are interested in scarves, table linens, narrow shawls; this would work.  If you want to weave rugs, this jack loom may not work well, and is quite narrow for most rug work, or for larger throws, shawls or coverlets.  If you have limited space for a loom, this would be perfect.  It is a lovely loom, and Norwoods are sought after.  They aren't made any more, but parts are not usually a problem.  Yours appeares to be complete.  I don't know what the market is in your area, but here in the midwest, I would offer $600-$700 for it.

Posted on Fri, 11/21/2014 - 19:28

I agree this price seems on the upper end, so not a bargain.  Also, the loom is folded up and photographed from the side - so not ideal for judging completeness and condition.   Are there any heddles?  How many and in what condition?   The ad mentions a spool rack, which makes sense because of the sectional beam, but then mentions a warping board.  So "spool rack" might mean the sectional beam.  Neither are pictured.  A 24" wide loom might really mean a 20-22" weaving width.  There is no warp on it, so the loom can't really be tested.  It is not even fully set up.  All this makes me think the sellers might not know much about it.  So their valuation could be honest, but unrealistic. Sure, go and look, but don't commit to buy (or talk yourself into it) beforehand, and look at plenty of photos of other Norwoods before you go. 

Posted on Fri, 11/21/2014 - 20:25

Thank you Big White Sofa Dog and MaryMartha for your very helpful advice. I think I'm going to just watch Craigs List and hold out for a wider-weave loom. Now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure I'm going to want to go wider than 24". So far, I've done only pin loom and card weaving, but I'm excited about advancing now that I'm retired.

Posted on Sat, 11/22/2014 - 13:59

If this is the same loom advertised on Baltimore craigslist, it's $600.  And more/better pictures too.