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  • #489

    Vera Totos
    Keymaster

    Jim Ahrens made many different kinds of designs and types of looms, and we are trying to put together a catalog of the number and types of looms he made. Help us with research!

    Post a picture of your loom and a brief description (two-beam? three-beam? dobby? how many shafts? any other information you know about the history of your loom?) and where do you live.

    Come back from time to time and read about the variety of Ahrens looms out there!

  • #507

    peggyosterkamp
    Keymaster

    I have a 10-shaft side tie up, 3-beam loom in birds eye maple and live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have a 4-shaft folding loom in birds eye maple. I have a 40=shaft dobby loom plus 4 shafts. And, finally, I have a loom Jim built in the 70’s with an over head structure made in douglas fir wood. All my looms are Ahrens looms–I have 4! –Peggy

  • #517

    cindy
    Participant

    I have a 12 shaft Dobby Aherns and Violette loom. Not certain what the wood is, but it is a very pretty loom. It folds so that you can reach the heddles easier when threading the loom. AVL still has the manual on their website

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by  cindy.
  • #571

    johnos
    Participant

    I have just purchased a 40″ 16 shaft side tie up in oak made in 1986. The previous owner has had it since then. Her husband, George Starzmann, built it to Jim Ahrens plans and with his help. They were neighbors in California. Everything was disassembled except for the side frames. I’m excited but realize it will be a project to get together and weaving but it should be more within my skill-set than trying to build one from scratch. After seeing this loom I’m really impressed with it’s beauty. It’s nice and heavy and has a built in seat so I’m thinking it won’t be walking across the room. I’ll post some photos when I get putting it together.
    John

    • #575

      Phillenore
      Participant

      John, Congratulations! You’re going to have fun. I’ll look forward to pictures.

  • #572

    peggyosterkamp
    Keymaster

    What wonderful news! much better than building one from scratch and you know it will work, besides. You can use as many of the shafts as you like when weaving, too. Please do keep us posted and send photos. How did you find out about it??
    Peggy

    • #573

      johnos
      Participant

      It was listed on The Central Pennsylvania Guild of Handweavers classified page.

  • #574

    peggyosterkamp
    Keymaster

    Amazing and wonderful.
    Peggy

  • #589

    Phillenore
    Participant

    My 8-harness/10 treadle folding loom is very quiet now — as is this forum!! Hello out there. Does anyone else have this kind of loom? It has no breast beam, just a warp beam and a cloth beam. How do you like yours? What have you been weaving on it lately?

    I’m doing a run of napkins right now on my Baby Wolf for a guild napkin exchange, then I’ll warp up the Ahrens loom for its first major project. I didn’t use the Ahrens for the napkins because it’s new to me and I wasn’t ready to experiment just yet.

  • #618

    Kd0afk
    Participant
    • #620

      Phillenore
      Participant

      Kd0afk, Have you looked in the Technical Information section of this website under tension and brakes?

      • #621

        Kd0afk
        Participant

        Yes I have. It isn’t shown. I have also called AVL but they don’t know either

    • #623

      peggyosterkamp
      Keymaster

      I know this loom and can help you out. Please email me and we can correspond. Sorry not to answer you sooner. Peggy peggy@peggyosterkamp.com

  • #622

    Phillenore
    Participant

    The best person to address this question for you is Peggy Osterkamp, author of this site. Perhaps you should send her a personal request for an answer. She may be out-of-town right now and not checking this forum. As you can see there is amazingly little activity on the site.

    I can’t answer your question, but I can offer two references. There is a discussion of live weights in the book “Handloom Weaving Technology” by Allen A. Fannin. Also, I did a quick internet search using “loom live weight system” and came up with a number of links, most with pictures. Studying these may give you clues about how yours works. Good Luck!

    • #624

      Kd0afk
      Participant

      I sent you an email and PM in messenger through Face Book

      • #625

        Kd0afk
        Participant

        I sent her a couple of emails and a PM through Messenger.

  • #1323

    Nancy Wheeler
    Participant

    I have an 8 shaft, 10 treadle, 2-beam, Ahrens loom. I am curious about the date it might have been made. It has lead weights holding the shafts down. Where did those weights come from originally, does anyone know? The brass plate on it says: F.J. Ahrens, Oakland, Calif.. I’ve had it for several years and have had a love/hate relationship with it. All of the cords (both shaft and treadle cords) have been breaking, at bad times of course, and I’ve struggled trying to keep it looking the same. I finally gave up and have bought texsolv to re-do all cords. Finding this website was a God-send to help me decide to use the texsolv. I now understand how to use the in-beam slots, thanks to this site. The in-slot pieces are currently lashed to a metal rod, with a very peculiar lashing system and then held into the slot with tape. I’m going to try to cut out the lashing and try the suggestion for using loops, at least for the front. I may even get to love more than hate this delightful loom! Now to figure out the brake system. I don’t think it has an auto-advance.

    • #1352

      Phillenore
      Participant

      Hi Nancy, I’m glad you found the website. It was a God-send for me too as I had an inherited loom that I knew nothing about. Unfortunately, few other people have found the site. I think Peggy Osterkamp would have to do some marketing of it to make it useful for the rest of us. Peggy would be the person to answer your questions. You can email her at peggy@peggyosterkamp.com, although she travels a lot now and may not answer right away. Also unfortunately, I see that the Weaving forum has become loaded with spam, so clearly the site isn’t being monitored.

      My loom is a folding loom with 10 shafts and 10 treadles. It’s a cute thing but very light weight. It has springs attached to the treadles and shafts which keeps the shafts from floating. After a total remake I’m now weaving on it successfully. I used nylon cord I bought at REI for heddle and treadle cords and I use Texsolv for the tie-up cords.

  • #1404

    Arachne
    Participant

    I am the proud new owner of a 16-shaft PDL [serial# 380069]. It’s lying in pieces on my garage floor. It’s going into an 11×11-foot room with one north-facing window opposite the door & closet. The flying shuttles will stay in the box until I get comfortable with it. I love the chatty yellowed assembly instructions that came with… looks like it was typed on several typewriters, and hand-drawn diagrams pasted up for photocopies. Assembled it was approx 6 cubic feet. Since I won’t be able to budge it once installed, what do you recommend for placement in the room to take full advantage of the space? Is it preferable to have natural light at your back..? ..and how much space does one need behind the bench?

    • #1405

      Phillenore
      Participant

      My opinion is that you should have the natural light at your back (unless, of course, it’s such a beautiful view that you want to be able to see it!). As far as space behind the bench… I have no idea what this loom looks like. Do you have a picture to post? Will you be able to move the bench out of the way to thread the loom if necessary?

      • #1407

        Arachne
        Participant

        Here it is before we started breaking it down. The left vertical bench support is bolted from the bottom… not meant to be removed. But the seat tilts to a vertical position, and the front cloth beam and beater come out easily, so threading should be easy enough.

        • #1408

          Phillenore
          Participant

          Have fun! Post us a picture when you get it all set up!

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