Thursday, February 12, 2009

Quality Time

Lately, Jim and I have been spending lots of quality time together in the basement, with sandpaper and pieces of my Toika Liisa loom.

We have this pile of wood ready to's the bench, the beater, and a few touch-ups on 3 large beams from the loom.

In just over an hour, we applied Bush Oil to everything.

The next morning, these parts are ready.

The re-assembled bench reminds me of a young colt, with its long legs.

Somehow, putting the beater on the loom makes me even more excited to start weaving with it.

We still have work to do on the jacks, shafts and lamms, so I have to wait a bit longer. Patience is not my strong suit!


Theresa said...

Looks GREAT! I love how the legs to the Toika benches fit into the foot rest. Such a sensible design.

Jennifer said...

How exciting! I love you have the window right there next to it. I look forward to seeing what you make on it!

Life Looms Large said...

Once, when I was weaving on my Baby Wolf loom in the window where the Toika is now, I saw a red fox trot by on his way to our compost pile. Definitely my best "at loom" wildlife sighting!!

The Toika bench legs are even used in that position when setting up the loom single-handedly to support that bottom beam while you're putting the end piece on. I didn't try that at home....I think it would be hard to do on a loom this big!


OzWeaver said...

Well, you may be sanding and oiling in the basement, but it looks like your loom will live in a lovely, light-filled spot! Is this an attic? It is a beautiful room! Such light!

For your tapestry friend, I wanted to recommend the group "TWiNE" which stands for Tapestry Weavers in New England. I think she (he?) might find someone to help guide her studies, and certainly she will find inspiration. Let me know if you want a contact.

Cindra said...

I saw your name on Mel's blog and followed it here. You have a beautiful working place! Someday I would love to learn how to weave, but I am afraid of another addiction. I think it would bankrupt me.

Life Looms Large said...

I think the studio questions and comments have inspired me to do a studio post at some point....It seems like I've seen other blogs doing that too....First I need to take photos!

My studio is the room over my garage. My husband designed it and worked with the builder to make sure it came out right. It has lots of angles that were pretty tricky for them!

I'll do a post with photos about it soon!


Meg in Nelson said...

How absolutely exciting!! I wish I could have been a fly on the wall.