I've waited 9 long months for this loom! I put a deposit on it in November of 2008 and paid the balance owed in January of this year. From that point to this point, weather and obligations have kept Gene from picking it up in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He gets the husband of the year award for driving 28 hours in 2 days to pick this beauty up. It surely wasn't something on his long list of things to do before you die. ;-)
This is a ten year old Louet Delta. She is 43" wide in weaving width and made of ash, has 8 shafts and 10 rear hinged treadles,
a parallel countermarch system and with a sectional beam. She came with some goodies. The bench, 3 stainless steel reeds, bobbin rack and bobbins, tensioner and counter.
She's been used exactly 3 times in her life so far and looks brand spanking new. The guild that owned her wanted to move her along as no one had any interest in weaving on her. Before she left one brave soul wove a couple of rugs on her.
She's a heavy loom, while not as weighty as the Barbara V, she's plenty sturdy and in my humble opinion, darn pretty too. The Scandinavian sensibility shines in every detail of this loom as it does with all of them made in that general region. It was love at first touch.
The couple of treadles used were still tied up when she arrived and I had a chance to check out the action. Quiet, light and easy accompanied by only the nicest wood on wood click as I depressed it. I was transported to a heaven like place. After coming off cloud 9, I needed to do a few adjustments and go through her to make sure everything was as it should be. Today I'll tighten all her nuts and bolts as a 14 hour drive in the back of a pick-up is enough to rattle anyone up. I'll also start familiarizing myself with the steps of sectional warping. A few nifty gadgets to get use to and a new skill set to learn.
Things are tight in the loom room right now. The Murphy is waiting on the sun room to be done and he'll go out there to live with the lovely view. The Delta will take Murphy's place in the loom room. Oh, and she's been named. I call her Hey Baby!