Our younger daughter made a vertical warp weighted loom from saplings in our backyard, when she was working from our house for seven weeks last summer. This is what occupied her spare time while here.
The maple saplings she used were volunteers that needed to be cleared away, and she promised to remove them as a help to us. When doing so, she saw such possibilities in them! The loom was the result, as you can see in the step by step photos below. You can also see the baskets she made from the bark that she immediately peeled from the young trees after felling them. The wood under the bark was smooth and beautiful.
There are no screws in the entire loom and it only cost her $6 for the 1/2″ drill bit she bought in order to do it. After she cut down the saplings and stripped the bark, she carved pieces and tools, macraméd rounded rocks for the weights, lashed it all together, and strung it up.
It is now in her apartment, and this fall she’s woven over twelve inches with fine cotton. I got to see it when I picked her up for Thanksgiving. She’s practicing for her ultimate goal of weaving linen.
I just love the ingenuity and patient, unfolding vision represented in this project! She is quite the artificer– which is a new word she’s taught me, which means a skilled craftsman merged with artist and inventor!