Hello, friends. I wondered how many of my fellow weavers have two looms. Technically I have two looms, a LeClerc table loom (four shafts, quite old, purchased used) and the LeClerc Nilus II. I work at the Nilus II just about every day. The table loom was my first loom, purchased second-hand (possibly third-hand) after a beginning weaving class. I still have it, although I use it rarely. Honestly, old Dorothy lives in my husband's workshop and is a resting place for things that haven't quite found their way into the dustbin (like parts of Halloween costumes and gift boxes). Guilty as charged!
The table loom hasn't gotten much use since the LeClerc Nilus II found her way into the house, but I'm still rather attached to it. It doesn't seem as efficient to use (fiddling with those levers instead of stepping on a treadle) and feels awkward overall. There are advantages, though, such as a small amount of loom waste and I believe that the table loom really forces a weaver (especially a novice weaver) to understand the principles of lifting harnesses, etc...
I'm wondering if, should I exchange the table loom for a smaller floor loom (like a LeClerc Compact or Harrisville 20" 4 harness, 4 treadle loom), overall weaving output increases? It seems appealing to have a loom always available for weaving/warping. But is this a real possibility? After all, I only have one set of hands and feet and there are only so many hours in the day during which I can weave.
If you have two looms of comparable utility, do you find this to be advantageous? Please share your insights. As you know, floor looms are a commitment to space and to household finances. And with a husband in graduate school and two teenagers at home, one does not make these sorts of decisions casually!
I hope to hear from you! Please feel free to discuss your opinion in the comment section below.
Happy Friday, all!