Cleaning the Loom

I mentioned last month that I bought a used loom from someone on Craigslist. Although I wanted to immediately warp it and weave something, I instead was convinced by people in the Warped Weavers group on Ravelry to clean it up first.

I’m glad I was convinced to do that because in the process I learned a lot and started to feel like the loom was mine.

One of the first things I did was realize that the reed, while in decent shape, did have a bit of rust on it. The worst spot can be seen in this photo.

reed rust
reed rust

I sat down with the reed outside and sanded each slot, from either side. 220 grit paper.

sanding
sanding the reed

It’s a 25″ 12 dent reed, so that’s 12 * 25 = 300 slots time either side is 600 slots of sanding. It took a while.

At the same time, I cleaned the wood of the loom.

rasmussen looms, seattle
rasmussen looms

I admit, I think it is cool that I have a loom from here in Seattle, even if they are long since out of business (sold to Dundas, then became Montana Looms, now out of business).

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  1. LouAnne on October 30th, 2012

    I bought a Rasmussen loom at a yard sale. I am new to this (but not to crafting, knitting, etc)and have been watching a lot of video;s. I think I have everything and can get started but the Reddles(sic) are kind of strange and look like nothing I have seen in any video.I have two pieces and cannot figure out how they can attach to the frame or even tie on. Any help with this? Thanks so much. LouAnne