Friday, August 28, 2015

A Loom In Its New Home

Tonight I cleaned and Fed-and-Waxed the main body of the loom, and moved it into it's new space.  I replaced the harnesses, but haven't yet put back the beater or treadles.

The heddles are still soaking in diet coke.  I'm not looking forward to wiping them off one at a time.  Procrastination!

The reeds are still on the porch.  I haven't smelled them lately.  The longer I wait, the better the news, I feel, so I might be somewhat intentionally ignoring them.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Progress! Not stinky!

I determined that this evening I would finish something, anything.  I didn't have any other commitments, so it seemed a reasonable goal.

And it was.

Here are the harnesses, with far less rust, and nearly no musty smell!
Four Leclerc harnesses, all fed and waxed
And here are the treadles with shiny new stainless steel hardware (some of it at least):
If I had been thinking, I would have taken before shots, but I wasn't at the time I took this apart.  You'll just have to take my word for it.

Not smelly!

Small Update, and hello!!

Who knew anyone was still out there?  I seriously intended to post here just for the reference of it, for future searchers, but it appears I still have readers.  Hello!!

Short update today, since yesterday I learned that I had a two chapter reading assignment before class started today.  I have decided to go back to school for my Master's degree, and Statistics starts tonight.  Two chapters of graduate-level statistics is tough reading.  There are so many things I'd rather be doing.

So... all I did last night was take off all of the heddles, and clean the harnesses.  I also stopped at home depot on the way home and found the replacement hardware I need/want.

Heddles soaking in citric acid solution
Before and after:

Not much to see, but a little progress.  This harness is the worst.  I'm sure it'll be shining once I Feed & Wax it.

Monday, August 24, 2015

My New Leclerc Artisat

I'm starting up the blog again.  At least for a little while.  I've just purchased a used loom, and I'm not thrilled with the amount of information I'm finding on the internet about it (maintaining it, using it, etc.), so I'm going to contribute my experience.

Let's start with pictures:

These are the pictures I got from the previous owner.  It shows the loom in one piece, front, side, and folded.  Obviously, a foldable loom is a great option if you're going to have a floor loom and don't have tons of space.  This will even fold when it has a project going.

My friend Lisa and I drove all day to pick it up.  It wouldn't fit in my car, so she generously agreed to take me down in her Murano.

It's quite old.  It's a loom that you can still buy new, but this is a near-original version.  It has very few plastic parts.  But it's also got a lot of rusty bits.

And now it's in a bunch of small, rusty pieces.
Front: without beater or harnesses

Back: without beater or harnesses

The treadles:

All the small hardware is in baggies, and I'll be heading to Home Depot to replace them.  So rusty.  I unrolled the aprons to air them out.  The whole loom smells a little musty.  Somehow the worst are the reeds.  All four reeds and the roll of cardboard are out on the deck in the fresh air.

Plans: clean all the wood with Murphy Oil Soap, and treat it with Howard Feed-N-Wax.  I need to clean the heddles and the reeds, and a few other metal parts.  Oh, and decide where to put it.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

How I Replaced My Lendrum's Footman Connectors

Today's blog post is a tutorial.  I recently inherited a Lendrum spinning wheel, and while it's a wonderful wheel, I have found maintenance and usage documentation lacking.  So, when one of the footman connectors broke recently, and I couldn't find any information about what to do, I decided to document how it went for me, and maybe it will help someone else.

So, first things first.  First, this happened:
I was just spinning along, when I suddenly stopped because the right footman connector spontaneously broke in two places.  You can see that it is not connected above or below the part that rocks back and forth.  I don't know what it's called.  If I had a manual or a diagram, I would know.  But I don't.

Next, I ordered the replacement parts and one tool.  I purchased the pieces pre-cut, but I did find other places that offered one long piece that you can cut yourself.  I also ordered the square screwdriver I needed for the Lendrum screws.  Rumor has it that earlier wheels had Philips head screws, so take a look at your wheel before you buy the screwdriver.
Screwdriver and replacement pieces
Screw in the right treadle
Screw in the back of the rocker-thingie

First step of the actual repair: I took out all of the screws, keeping track of where they go back.  Once the screws were removed the footman connectors were a little tight in spots, but they pulled right out.  Even though the left one didn't break, I replaced it anyway.  Seemed like a good idea.

Old connectors vs. new connectors.  If your connectors look like the set on the left, you should buy a new set so you have it when one breaks.  They do age.

 Second step: I re-installed the left connector, pushing it in as far as it would go into the rocker-thingie above, and flush with the bottom of the treadle below.  Re-installing the treadle screw was pretty straight-forward, but I really had to push on the screw in the rocker-thingie.  The screw goes straight into the connector, with no threaded guide, so you have to push a bit while twisting to get it to go in.
Can you see this?  The connector is Right. There. and you gotta make the screw go through it.  PUSH!  CAREFULLY!
Now, I had to guess on how to install the right connector.  It connects with screws at the treadle, the rocker-thingie, and the footman.  The question becomes where to secure the rocker-thingie.  What I did was to line up the left and right treadles and adjust the rocker-thingie to be parallel to the floor, and secured it there with the screw.
Shadow makes it look a little off, but I think it is straight.
Last step!  (One reminder: if you moved the drive band out of the way, or if it moved itself, be sure it's back where it needs to be before you secure the last screw, or else you'll have to remove the c clamp to put it back on.)  At first I pushed the connector all the way into the footman, but then the footman was too close to the rocker-thingie to move as far as it needed, so I backed it out a bit and looked at a few other wheels on the internet to see how they looked.  This looked about right, so I installed the last screw, and gave it a little whirl.

Ta Da!
I hope this is helpful to someone.  If you have a schematic or diagram of the Lendrum Original, please share.  At least tell me what the rocker-thingie is and I'll edit the post with the correct terminology.