Hi There, I have been a lurker here in the past and found so much useful advice through other posts and questions that others have asked. I am however stumped right now and hoping someone here could help me out. I purchased a beautiful handmade loom but am having trouble understanding how to get it functioning properly. The pulleys in the top castle look like they resemble a vertical countermarch system but I have yet to get the cords to function properly. Every way I tie them up they do not seem to rotate the pulleys correctly. In fact I can't get the shafts to go up or down smoothly and the entire collection of shafts constantly sinks down. UGH I have posted some pictures here so you can see what I am working with. I am just hoping and praying that someone here has seen something similar and can spot something glaringly obvious that I am overlooking. The only loom I have come across that looks remotely like my system is the Woolhouse Tools Gurtrude. The difference is that mine does not have a floating lower lamm. I know this loom runs smoothly once together but for the life of me I am stumped. I would so greatly appreciate any help.