Schacht Spindle Co Standard & Cranbrook Floor Looms
Red Barn Farm
Standard Floor Looms They come in two styles: The Standard Low Castle and The Standard High Castle. Though both looms take up identical floor space, the lower profile of the Low Castle model appears visually smaller. A High Castle loom includes a storage tray and holes drilled in the top of the castle uprights for the swivel pin of an extension lamp, otherwise the looms function the same. Both the Standard Low Castle and the Standard High Castle looms are available in 36" and 46" wide weaving widths.
All Standard floor looms may be ordered with eight or Four Now-Four Later shaft options. The number of shafts you choose will depend on the kind of weaving you intend to do. Though most weave structures can be woven on four shafts, additional shafts increase your pattern options extensively. If you have a keen interest in pattern drafting and weave structures, eight shafts will allow you to fully develop this interest.
The Schacht Standard floor loom has an underslung jack mechanism to raise the shafts. The jacks pivot from two points equidistant from the center and lift the shafts by pushing up on the center point. We employ a parallel lamm system which gives our looms a light treadling action. Because of this parallel lamm, it isn't necessary to adjust the tie-up cords. Our tie-up system is quick and easy to use. Premeasured nylon tie-up cords hang from the lamms and are attached to a treadle by sliding the appropriate cords into the treadle slot. This makes changing tie-ups very fast.
Other special features of our Standard floor looms include: friction reducing aluminum shaft channels, a back beam which folds with or without a warp on the loom, removable back and breast beams, and an adjustable open-sided beater. Our braking system employs a ratchet and dog on the cloth beam and a friction brake on the warp beam. This combination give you precise tension control at all times.
Sectional Beam Sectional warp beams are available for our floor looms: Wolf looms, Standard floor looms, and Cranbrook looms. Our sectional beams are easily assembled and can be installed on the existing warp beam of your Schacht loom at any time. Sectional beams for Standard floor looms have 2" sections and a one half yard circumference; Baby Wolf and Mighty Wolf sectional beams have 2" sections and a one foot circumference. They are available in maple or cherry with maple pegs.
The Cranbrook Countermarche Loom
The Cranbrook Loom is widely considered to be the finest Countermarche loom available today. This Scandinavian-style loom has mortise-and-tenon construction, powder coated breast and rear beams, treadle locks, and a fully adjustable overhead beater.A countermarche loom is a balanced system of rising and sinking shafts. There are two sets of lamms, an upper suspended lamm and a lower pivoting lamm. Each shaft works independently, its operation not affecting that of the other shafts. The tie-up system of the Cranbrook employs a special size Texsolv nylon loop cord that remains permanently installed on the treadles and may be tied to either the upper or lower lamm.
The front, rear, and knee beams of powder-coated tubular steel give the loom added rigidity while affording better protection for the warp. The solid octagonal warp and cloth beams are 16 1/2" in circumference. The Cranbrook can be expanded from four to six or eight shafts at any time. The locking treadles are especially helpful for rug and tapestry weaving. Solid bronze ratchet gears, pawls, and beater hanger racks are featured on all Cranbrook Looms. The warp beam ratchet gear is released by a foot pedal.
The Cranbrook loom is available in 48", 60", and 72" weaving widths. Accessories include: 12-treadle option, a second warp beam, sectional warp beam, tool tray, worm gear, sliding threading bench, beater weight, and tension box rail, and raddle.
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Red Barn Farm, Rose Herbst, 11843 Flambeau Road, Butternut, WI. 54514, 715-769-3773