We moved a loom today. Not into the new studio, but into the Open Studio which starts tomorrow. However, we were pleased at how smoothly it went since this bodes well for the major-move-to-come when both looms need to be relocated.
We (well, I, in an anxious obsessive kind of a way) gave a lot of thought to the business of loom transport. Should we ask to borrow a van from X, for instance? But if he said yes, would I actually want to put a loom in the back of X’s van? Should we hire a van, or a man-with-a-van? Would we be able to get the loom into a van without the help of a van-man? Did we even need a van? For the Ultimate Move we’ll be able to disassemble the loom as much as we please, but for this move we wanted to keep it reasonably assembled to save time. We measured. Then we measured again. We peered thoughtfully into the back of the car and measured again.
Then a couple of weeks ago we went to B & Q for something — it was probably floor paint — and as we were leaving the car park I saw a van. It had the heart-lifting words “hourly van hire” painted on the side so I squawked incoherently at S (“van! van van!”) and wrote down the details. It turns out that B & Q have a new scheme, designed to encourage you to spend lots of money at B & Q by offering you a van to drive your stuff home in. However, the scheme is actually operated by Hertz so you don’t have to spend anything at B & Q at all: just leave your car in their car park and use the van for an hour. Cost £14. Brilliant. We played safe and paid for two hours (it actually took 75 minutes) but it was still a heck of a lot cheaper than any of the men-with-ven. (It helps that we live very near to a B & Q.)
And yes, we can get a loom in a van ourselves. We took off as much weight as we could — the breast beam and cloth beam both lift out easily, as well as the beater, and there was no need to take the second back beam or warp beam. That basically left the castle and the folding back section. For the Ultimate Move we’ll probably take the back section right off, which is also easily done. The reason for leaving it on this time is that I didn’t want to untie all the treadles only to tie them up again an hour later.
It’s been a hectic day and I didn’t have time for many pictures. You can just see the corner of the Delta here in my mother’s dining room – this is the blank canvas we started with.
The Theo Moorman samplers are now on that wall. I opted for the brown, as you can see.
And on the opposite side of the room, some brightly coloured scarves.
I’ll try and take more pictures over the weekend. Not promising anything though… I am not very good at experiencing a thing and photographing it at the same time.
And now we are all set up (well, almost) and ready to go at 10 am tomorrow. If you’re in the area (western Europe, say) then do please come and visit. All the information is here.