Multishaft counterbalance looms

...and some "different" configurations for the tie-up of horses.

I stumbled on Sue's blog the other day, and found some astonishing CB pictures.
I don't know Sue, but she has informative and picture-heavy posts about travels in India and Turkey. Because of the many pictures I will first link directly to the one I found most interesting, and then to the actual post. All links will open I new windows.

This picture is from India.
I have never seen this arrangement before: the horses are at the top, the pulleys underneath. It makes great sense, though! Here is the blog post.

Now two pictures from Turkey. This one shows only 4 shafts, but it also shows that our obsession with measurements probably is overkill...
Blog post here

Sue writes that this loom has 24 shafts (but only 12 treadles). What can we say? That we are hopeless wimps?
Blog post (with a couple more pictures of the same loom) here


jean said...

Very interesting pictures! Especially the 24 shaft loom...I'd like to see it up close and figure out what's going on.
The horses-at-the-top arrangement found in India is really the same as the 'two-level' pulley you show in your 19/12/2011 post. Functionally it is identical- in Sweden the cords between the pulleys and the horse have been shortened to the limit.
I think the side-to-side symmetry in cord lengths is what's important for the Turkish loom.

Kerstin på Spinnhuset said...

Well, Jean - of course you are right about the Indian arrangement - maybe I had a senior moment...

The 4-shaft Turkish: enlarging the photo as much as I could, it looks to me as if the horse attachment points are at the same distance from the end of the shafts? We (at least in Sweden) are "brainwashed" into thinking there should be a "slant" - // --- \\ -
If they are all attached at the same distance I guess the cords have to be both long and different lengths so that the horses can move without tangling. Or am I imagining things?

jean said...

I like your idea about the long and short cord lengths allowing the horses to work without interference. The Turkish horses act perpendicular to the shafts whereas the Swedish horses act (almost) parallel to the shafts- (well...at a slight angle)

Jenny Bellairs said...

Unfortunately, you must have to be a friend of Sue's to view her blog. All the links were blocked. Any idea how to contact her to get an invitation to view her blog?

Your information on putting together a 10 shaft counterbalance loom has been helpful. I'm just looking for more sources and photos.
Jenny in Charlevoix the Beautiful, Michigan, USA

Kerstin på Spinnhuset said...

Ooops... didn't know. (And no, I have no idea even *who*Sue is... just found her when googling)
However - I can still see the pictures, they open for me, but the blogposts do not. Can't you access anything?


Styles by David J said...

I've been weaving for a few years, and I would love to get invited to Sue's blog. I'd love to see those crazy counterbalance pictures. :-)