Newcomb Weaver's Delight-

Here are some pictures of my Newcomb Weaver's Delight. This is a loom made specifically for weaving rugs. My loom (numbered 3572) was manufactured in 1919, however, these looms were produced by the Newcomb Loom Company between 1887 and 1982. They made over 35,000 looms in that time. Looms are being made from plans of this loom by the Great Plains Loom Company, you can contact them to purchase a new loom or to inquire as to the availability of parts. There is a serial number on every loom produced. They were stamped consecutively, so by that number you can know how old your loom is.

Here are the pictures:

Right view

Weaver's Delight loom - from the right side

left view

Weavers Delight loom - left of center

breast beam

Breast beam as seen from underneath. This picture is on an angle, so that you can see the cloth advance system. I keep a rug over this beam when the loom is not warped, as the points on the beam are very sharp and will tear fabric or skin.

cloth beam outside view

View of the cloth beam and the brake tension rod from the outside of the right side of the loom

cloth beam inside view

Picture of the cloth beam on the right side of the loom. In this view, you can see the cloth beam advance system. On this loom, all ratchet and pawl advance systems are run by 20 pound weights (seen to the left behind the wooden parts in this picture). In newer versions, these weights have been replaced with springs.

looking down

"looking down" from the front of the loom. Below, you see the cams (top of picture) and the anchor shaped part "N" also called the "stirrup" in some manuals. This is what operates the pull cords for the fly shuttle. From the ring would extend 2 springs. One for each of the picker sticks. The cord that runs to the picker sticks did not have much "play" in them. (I don't use the fly shuttle right now, so I don't have the cords on the loom) The picker sticks are those sticks that "fling" the shuttle out of the shuttle box

Front view of the cams. These are the cams for weaving "plain weave". Those for weaving twills are D shaped (more pictures may be taken later, of the various cams) The piece of wood along the bottom of the picture holds the weight that advances the breast beam (cloth advance system). The shafts have been removed for this and the next several pictures.

Gears that run the cams, as seen from the back (rods sticking up are the dividers on the warp beam).

Cams and gears as seen from the back of the loom, looking down and toward the center from the left side (left side if you were in "front" of the loom) Note the slots that keep the shafts suspended over the cams.

Here is a picture from the back of the loom showing the shafts in place.

View from the front showing the shafts in place and sitting on the cams.

brake strap

Brake tension apparatus. (right to left) Rod has a cotter pin, then a washer, then the first green piece of angle iron, then a washer, and a cotter pin. Then, the other piece of angle iron, then a washer. If the brake band were the correct size, the washer would rest upon the bracket that the end of the rod is threaded into on the loom. However, newer looms have a spring system here which necessitates a longer brake band. To remedy the situation, we just added a shim (piece of pipe) which is about an inch long.

Last Updated: Sept. 21, 2003