Angel wings progress

I have finally assembled, glued and tested the Angel Wings for my 56" Macomber.  There's still some sanding and finishing, but I figured that if major changes were needed after testing then it would be silly to have them looking perfect, but not working!!  I wound on a 9 tea-towel cotton warp without problems which was pleasant after some major tangles on a similar project last year!  The wood is Oak and I have poplar dowels.

Angel wings

The inserted piece hooks into the back cast metal strut and is then locked in by a screw on the castle.  I'll probably make that a slot so that it just drops into place. There are three holes to give options in positioning the cross between castle and the back beam.

Angel wings in place


Posted on Tue, 10/27/2015 - 11:11

Love it. I have been sidetracked by acute illness and will not make the finish line this year. At least home woodworking shop is in better order and I have beautiful wood on hand.

Posted on Tue, 10/27/2015 - 13:24

Sorry to hear that - hope your recovery is swift.  I envy your better ordered workshop - my shed is shared between woodworking, gardening, storage, radios, and beer making.  There never quite seems to be enough room!

Posted on Tue, 10/27/2015 - 16:42

Your imagination of our garage space is better than the reality.  It is most reassuring to know that we have the same uphill battles with daily living in competition for space!  Without at least some improvement, we become paralyzed.  Easy to have that happen with fiber as well as wood, and probably any other passionate hobby.

Posted on Tue, 10/27/2015 - 17:47

You said that you had tangles last year.  Did you change the way you wound this warp.  Did you have a 1/1 lease the first time and a 2/2 lease the second time?  Winding two threads at a time makes the 2/2 lease and it slips through lease sticks a lot more easily and that can prevent tangles and broken threads.


Posted on Tue, 10/27/2015 - 19:48

Two differences betwen the Christmas towels last year and this.  Last year I used 8/2 cotton, this; 4.5/4 (twice as fast to weave as I have a lot more to do), and the first year I warped alone using weights for tension while this year my wife kindly stepped in to keep tension on.  So both factors counted I suspect. That's a useful suggestion for the 2 thread winding. I'll try that next time I use 8/2 cotton.


Posted on Tue, 10/27/2015 - 21:09

Yes, it is nice to have a second set of eyes watching the warp as you wind on.


Posted on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 12:26

It holds the lease sticks that are through the cross. I used to tie them into place each time I dressed the loom. Now just slide them through the cross and into a pair of adjacent holes each side and they are in place. No fiddling!

Posted on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 08:18

Your Angel Wings look awesome! Great job on them. Laughing


My TOTT loom I will be picking up next week will have a pair coming along with it. The lady I'm getting it from said she was adding them since they were for that loom. I have never used any, I always tie the lease sticks together with a cord. I had remembered reading something about them here recently, but forgot what they were used for. So after I read I would be getting a pair I promptly came over here to refresh my memory on what exactly they are. I didn't want to sound like an idiot and just ask her what they were. LOL

Posted on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 12:08

Have fun with the TOTT loom. You'll find the angel wings speed up the dressing process considerably.


Posted on Wed, 11/04/2015 - 22:42

I wouldn't want to use something as stationary as these angel wings.

I am using a very low-tech lease stick holder contraption, made out of "steel wire" - could be made to any sophistication level - but the point being: it (they) is hung from the castle with simple string. This gives it (them) place to move, and that movement gives me some extra time to notice problems... and, of course, solving them