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Submitted by Sari Kettunen on Wed, 06/03/2015 - 16:06
Interesting! So, since you've extended the depth of the loom, does this mean that the dobby functions as sort of drawloom attachment? I would like to hear more about how this functions.
You are right. Technically this loom is a drawloom with dobby attachment. There is two pedals and 16 shafts for dobby mechanism and figure making. I use 54 cm long nylon figure heddles for these shafts.
At the moment I have four shafts for weave making. These shafts are tied-up to pulley mechanism. For these shafts I use nylon heddles that have 6,4 cm long middle eye.
I hope these photos speak for themselves.
Very cool! Is that a Varpapuu dobby? Didn't know they made them. What type of pulley system for the ground weave? Doesn't look like a regular counterbalance sytem.
Yes, it is Varpapuu dobby. They made some dobbys before they started developing their computer aided looms. It was some kind of experimentation. I was lucky to get this dobby in auction some years ago.
I use the pulley system where there is four balance beams one on the other. The photo shows you how the shafts are tied-up. I have only four shafts in use for ground weaves at the moment so I am using only two balanced beams out of four as you can see. This kind of long pulley is useful because it helps to keep shafts straight and steady.
This balanced beam pulley system was developed by my old weaving school teacher Elsa Silpala together with Toika Oy. Elsa Silpala have been researching different kind of weaving technology used all over the world nowadays and in history. I assume that this pulley is not very well known but I can tell you that it works very well. It is easy to tie-up and easy to weave.
Oh, yes, lucky you! Thank you so much for the detailed information. I very much appreciate seeing this unique loom!
Hello. I just wanted to say this is a wonderful looking loom.
I am planning on building a loom soon and was wondering if you would be prepared to take some detailed pictures of your dobby mechanism, as I would like to build a non computerized dobby but am finding it very difficult to locate detailed drawings of how the domestic dobby lifts the frames.
Any assistance would be really appreciated
I am planning on building a loom soon, and was wondering if you would be prepared to take some detailed pictures of your dobby mechanism. I would like to build a non computerized dobby, but am finding it very difficult to locate detailed drawings of how the domestic dobby lifts the frames.
It look great loom, kindly recommend where do I get that kind of loom? Thanks and looking forwards to hearing from all. Vibol