Bill Koepp <bgkoe@...>
Re : Weighting the beam.
In the 18-19th century this was so common that it makes me think it was a
real advance in handweaving. Some sketches show a single long weight box
loaded with rocks or iron scraps, some show a rock at each end, suspended by
ropes from the warp beam.
The advantage is even tension as the shed is opened, the warp is stretched
to the same amount each time; the warp beam rotates with any increase in
See : " Hand-Loom Weaving ", by Luther Hooper, Chapter XII., 1920 ( no ISBN
# on my early edition. ).
Happy Shuttling ! - Bill Koepp in Central California