What's that package Bailey's helping unwrap?
Two shiny new stainless steel reeds from Gowdey Reed in Central Falls, Rhode Island.
I don't know which I love more - that a New England business could make and ship me two reeds in just over a week, or that the frugal Yankee in me was quite happy with the price.
As an added plus, since the reeds were made specifically for my loom, they tweaked them just the slightest amount so that the reed will not interfere with the large shed on the Toika.
(If you're thinking about ordering from them, you can sort out the order with them on the phone. You don't need to fill out the giant form with many parameters that you might find on their website.)
Here's a 6 dent Gowdey reed (in red) and a 10 dent Toika reed (blue).
You can see that the Toika reed is wrapped with a blue cloth tape, while the Gowdey reed is enclosed in red plastic (or something like plastic - I didn't have it chemically analyzed!)
These red reeds might be familiar to you already. Rumor has it that Gowdey manufactures reeds for Kessenich, Harrisville and Macomber, among others.
The dents are held in place in slightly different ways, but they both fit my loom perfectly.
On a photographic note, I have no idea how I got that awesome bokeh in the last two photos, but I'll take it!!! There is indeed a mess in my studio that is best concealed!
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