I bought an old rigid heddle loom at a flea market for cheap, only to get it home and discover a few missing parts. It's a really old TIA loom from Northfield Looms, so getting replacement parts from them is not an option, as far as I know.
The front bar was fairly easy to replace with some woodworking help from my Dad. However, the rachet and pawl for front and back were also missing. I've thought of a few options, from something as simple as wooden disks and a couple of nails to making my own rachets and pawls from polyclay. I wonder if a large heavy rubberband could be used to create enough friction, though. Any thoughts or suggestions here?