Okay, so myself and a few members of my family finally got up to my grandmothers house to help clean out her living room, which had been the same way for at least thirty-five years, last Sunday. This involved much removing of books, vacuuming up all the dust/cobwebs, smashing two couches, and taking out a HOT TUB, which sat, in their living room, behind the couch, for 35 years. And which everyone thought was empty, only it wasn't (and was also holding 12 mice, which my brother described as 'smooshy' after he fished them out
. And his thought of bringing the thing home to use it were dashed).
Anyway, behind the hot tub was a four harness floor loom, in many pieces, which I got to take home and clean. This by itself was fairly nasty, as I had to haul the thing down a flight of stairs and down a decently steep set of outdoor steps to even get it out of ther house (ah, the joys of grandparents who live on a freaking mountain. not.) and then had to unload it from the back of our pickup to get it in the backyard so I could clean the damn thing.
As far as I can tell, it's a fairly nice loom, handmade by a guy in Bellingham, WA, who's most likely dead now, as some girl in my grandmother's college weaving course got the last loom he ever made. I have the instructions for putting it all together, but as I know absolutely nothing about weaving or looms and the instructions seem to be written for someone who kind of knows what the heck they're doing, I need a website about four harness looms/weaving in general. I know I can get loads of books from my grandma, but I won't be going back to their house for a while, and I'd like to be able to stick it together enough to see if it's at least useable. If I can't use it, but it's useable, I could at least sell it, which is better than BURNING it, which is what my grandfather wanted to do.
Oh, and I totally got eaten by mosquitoes while I was there. It was so worth it though. That's seriously the most floor I've ever seen at one time in that house. Besides, I got a spinning wheel as well, and that I KNOW works.
Thanks for advice and for reading through all my blather.