The closing of The Mannings marks the end of an era in support of our beloved Gallinger Looms, manufactured for many years in this East Berlin, Pennsylvania studio. Milo Gallinger's workshop and "spray booth" have remained part of the shop through the stewardship of Harry and Katherine Manning and, since 1985, Carol and Ron Woolcock. The imminent closing of this landmark on 12/30/2015 brings back my own emotional response to the closing of Osma Gallinger Tod's studio in Coral Gables, Florida where I began weaving in 1969.
Tom Knisely's memories of The Mannings over 40 years is a tribute to the wonderful people who have most helped to sustain our Gallinger looms. In addition to wishing Carol and Ron Woolcock the best of everything in retirement, I want to invite all Gallinger loom owners and admirers to use this forum to continue our stewardship of these looms.
In 2016, I look forward to sharing more memories and support for Gallinger looms. With the closing of the doors, we will be opening a window here at Weavolution for rallying the Gallinger community.
Happy Holidays and the best of everything in 2016,
Link to My years at The Mannings by Tom Knisely: