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OLAD!!! You know you need it!

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    OLAD!!! You know you need it!

    Finally I was able to locate a Louet David 8 shaft 36" weaving width loom!! It is a long story how I came to own it. There is two parts missing which I have on order from Louet!!

    Last edited by DebbiRYarn; 07-20-2019, 12:42 AM.

    #2
    Originally posted by camelheights View Post
    Finally I was able to locate a Louet David 8 shaft 36" weaving width loom!! It is a long story how I came to own it. There is two parts missing which I have on order from Louet!!

    Woohoo! Congratulations! I have the same loom and love it!! You must tell the story 😊

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    • camelheights
      camelheights commented
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      A lot of my friends knew I was looking for a David Loom. Someone in Ft. Myers Florida sent me a text about a new Louet David 90-8 in box for sale $2500. I replied to the message and found myself a few days later driving 3 hours one way to Ft. Myers. It was pick up only. I met a very nice lady. She works at a center for disabled adults. So I had my choice of 5 boxes to choose from. She had 5 of these Louet David's new in box! They were donated about 2 years ago to the center. I selected what thought was the best box, no rattle. They loaded it in my car and on the road again home....3 hours. I am not a long distance drive. I am a GREAT long distance rider and can relieve you for 1-1.5 hours then I will sleep for the rest of the day. So this was a huge adventure for me.

      As tired as I was when I got home, I unloaded the huge box by myself, got it into the kitchen. HAD to open it up! I found an extension cord, 2 curtain rods, a woolen banner with the hanging bar attached, then I saw the bottom of a David loom. The castle was on the bottom of the box! With more curtain rods, some nasty looking cords to weave with. I emptied the entire box. There was a used Louet David loom, but not all the parts were there. After I cried, I called the lady, I had her personal cell number. She couldn't believe it! She promised that tomorrow she would open all the boxes, find the new loom and have it brought to me. There was no new in box loom to be found in any of those boxes. But she did have the parts that were missing from mine and replacement parts for pieces that I wasn't happy with. But she was still a 6 hour trip away and I was in no mood to do it. The gal who mentioned the ad to me just happened to be going from Ft. Myers, her home, to Jacksonville, 5 hr one way trip. I met her along the highway to exchange parts. So now my loom is almost complete! ALMOST!! It turns out that all of the looms in the boxes were missing the swinging beater bar, the beater bar parts to attach to the loom, and the two toggles with the O rings that are at the end of the two beams. So the price went way down from the $2500 cash I paid for the new in box loom. I contacted Jane Staffords group, and the missing pieces are still available and should arrive at my home withing 2-4 weeks.

      And that is the rest of the story!

      Well, not true. I have been listing the other David looms as she builds them, from the instruction sheet I found on line. So far, I have been able to direct 2 buyers to her. She still has 2 other David looms, but I don't know anything about them to list them for sale. To me, some weaver is getting a great loom at a great price. And the center is getting $$$ to help their non profit group, that helps adults with disabilities. Its a win win to me!

      Sorry you asked for the story? ha ha

    • Kathy7661
      Kathy7661 commented
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      Every loom seems to have a story...and this is a great story!! Thanks for sharing and no, I'm not sorry I asked! 😊

    #3
    I love my David, although I do have to admit to almost selling him for a Spring. But it's just so easy to warp and weave on that I can't imagine ever letting it go.

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      #4
      I may be in the market for a new loom later this year. What makes that David special? Why do you like him and what are his flaws? I currently own a handmade counterbalance and have come to like it a great deal but want another type of loom like a jack loom as the cb has patterns it is not so good at.

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      • Grammaresa
        Grammaresa commented
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        Here are my pros and cons on the David loom. I'll qualify this by saying that I also have an Oxaback Ulla Cyrus countermarche loom, and have owned a Tools of the Trade, Macomber Baby Mac, and Schacht Baby Wolf jack looms. Keep in mind that these are my personal preferences. YMMV I always recommend that you at least sit at a loom before you buy. I'm 5'7" and the Baby Mac and Baby Wolf were very uncomfortable for me to weave on, but one was a steal and the other a gift. Got rid of both when I got the Oxaback. If I only had room for one loom, I'd buy a Louet Spring.

        Pros:
        Built in raddle
        Sliding beater bar (although I also like overhead swinging beaters too)
        Sturdy without being overly heavy
        Springs pull shafts back into place when treadles are released so no sticky shafts
        Texsolv heddles which can be added on the fly! No worry about running out when your threading.
        Easy to see tieup
        Front hinged treadles with easy action (I was able to start weaving on this loom when I still had spinal and rib fractures)

        Cons:
        Shafts can float a bit on very lacy patterns with very unbalanced tieups. But I was able to overcome this by adding spring tension to the offending shaft while working on the project. I changed it back when I finished to keep from overstretching the spring.
        Can't beat hard with the sliding beater. I wouldn't make rugs on this loom.
        Treadle cords can come loose but this happens so rarely that it's hardly worth mentioning
        It's a jack loom so linen can be fiddley. It's the reason why I almost sold it. I'd much rather weave linen on a countermarche loom which keeps even tension on top and bottom when you open the shed. But the Oxaback fell into my life at that time and it does all the things that the David struggles with.

      #5
      WOW! A lot to think about indeed. Thank you ever so much for the answer! I hope this will help others choose the loom they are really looking for based on what it can do. Not so much on looks...which is what I tend to do

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        #6
        Squee!!! I finally came up with a way to justify buying an Ashford Katie table loom so it's on order. I'm not a huge fan of table looms, but how nice to have a small 8-shaft loom that can go traveling with me. My justification was that I need it (need, got that?) for some upcoming workshops I'll be teaching. See? It's a very logical business decision.

        That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
        Last edited by DebbiRYarn; 07-25-2019, 08:52 PM.

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        • Grammaresa
          Grammaresa commented
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          Haha! That's how I ended up with my Jane. I sold three looms when I bought my Ulla Cyrus, but then didn't have anything for workshops. I have to admit that really don't like weaving on table looms, but it's probably because I have floor looms available. But neither of them are portable, so it had to be done!

        • DebbiRYarn
          DebbiRYarn commented
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          Exactly! I knew you'd all understand. I wove on a Kaite years ago at one of Joanne Hall's workshops. I was surprised by how easy it was, but that price. Yikes! And I'm not a table loom fan. But Katie can go places the others can't, so there we are. (I laugh when I remember how we got the Glimakra Standard home. in short, in 2 trips, one of which involved the side pieces perched precariously on the top of the X-Terra as we drove about 10 mph all the way home. Portable it is not!

        • Grammaresa
          Grammaresa commented
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          DebbiRYarn I lucked into finding a used Jane with the stand so I jumped on it. Had to drive to Lake Charles, but it was worth it.
          I can't believe you got the Glimakra home in an X-Terra! I used my husband's F-350 pickup for the Ulla Cyrus and it was packed.

        #7
        DebbiRYarn It's always so fun to purchase a new loom...and we always find a way to justify it. 😊 You're excuse, I mean reason, sounds like a good one to me! Post pictures when you get it.

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          #8
          DebbiRYarn I am looking at buying another spinning wheel for demonstrations because I don't want "newbies" spinning on my baby (a Tradional). I keep telling my husband I neeeed one. He is not convinced. Yet lol

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          • DebbiRYarn
            DebbiRYarn commented
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            I"m not going to say anything about that's how the Kromski Polonaise came to live with us. I wanted a traditional-looking wheel that could take a certain amount of the elements for demonstrations. A LYS was going out of business and this was the floor model. The line was long for it, but I got it and I love it! So yes, you do need that wheel. Really!

          #9
          First Project On Katie

          I can't believe it, but Katie had just arrived at the shop when I got there to teach this morning. I had to look at her waiting for me all day! Then I had to wait while George smoothed and waxed her plywood beater support and the end grain on her cloth and warp beams. Yes, it's 2am and yes, I've spent hours warping her and weaving. She weaves good!! This isn't the best photo, but I'm kind of wiped out and heading for bed.

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            #10
            Congratulations! She looks so pretty! You are fast, up and weaving already! Lovely weaving too!

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              #11
              Arrrggghh! OLAD got me again! We had been having a big sale on spinning and weaving at the LYS where I teach. I had put this project on one of the little Erica looms before my wreck last year and it's just been sitting and gathering dust since no one else there weaves. It was our shop loom and the only one left so I bought it for me to use for sampling. (We'll be restocking everything after our new building is done.)

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              • DebbiRYarn
                DebbiRYarn commented
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                Yay!! What do you think of it? I've never woven on one and we're thinking of stocking them as teaching looms.

              • Grammaresa
                Grammaresa commented
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                I think it would be a good teaching loom, but I wouldn't want it as my only loom. I'm not a fan of the bottom hung beater. Much prefer overhead! Also, replace the metal bars that come with it for lease sticks with actual wooden sticks. The metal bars are way too heavy and unwieldy. But other than that, I like it a lot for the portability factor.

              #12
              I’m afraid I am about to come down with OLAD. I normally go to SAFF every year but won’t make it this year. Instead, I have my eye on an inkle loom. Right now, I am struggling between 2 that I have seen that are incredibly beautiful. Stay tuned for updates....

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              • yarnforall
                yarnforall commented
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                Too true.

              • Kathy7661
                Kathy7661 commented
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                So exciting! Can't wait for your update!

              • yarnforall
                yarnforall commented
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                Well rats! The one I finally decided on got sold this morning before I could do anything about it. But there is a chance my sneaky husband bought it behind my back. Keep your fingers crossed.

              #13
              Well, I did it! I found a substitute which I might end up liking better since it is an exotic wood. I can’t wait for it to get here so I can try it out.


              https://etsy.me/35cxbYb
              Last edited by yarnforall; 10-04-2019, 06:41 PM.

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              • DebbiRYarn
                DebbiRYarn commented
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                Ooooooooooooo.... I do NOT need another inkle loom! I do NOT!

              • yarnforall
                yarnforall commented
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                DebbiRYarn I probably don’t either 😀😂. I am such a sucker for nicely made handcrafted tools. I saw this lady’s work on a Facebook group page and was instantly ensnared.

              #14
              Well, I still haven’t received my loom. The seller shipped it promptly after getting my order, but apparently it is stuck in the USPS whirlpool. Tracking is not helpful. Ugh. It just keeps saying in transit. I will be so mad if they lost it. It is a one of its kind loom.

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              • yarnforall
                yarnforall commented
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                That’s me all right. Thinking the worst. And aggravated that I paid for Priority Mail, not a leisurely saunter around the country. And I haven’t gotten any tracking updates in almost 2 days now.

              • Carlota
                Carlota commented
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                There are bunch of power outages in California - could that have delayed normal processing?

              • yarnforall
                yarnforall commented
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                Maybe, Carlota, I thought of that.

              #15
              The Katie is a great little loom. I'm so glad I bought one. Here's mine, complete with some deflected doubleweave earlier this year.

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              • Carlota
                Carlota commented
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                What a beautiful piece that is! Did it become a scarf? I have only recently become aware of this structure and it is impressive.

              • Nitperl
                Nitperl commented
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                No, it didn't become a scarf. It was a sample - a small group of us were investigating deflected doubleweave. As you say, it is an impressive structure and, in my opinion, an intriguing one.
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