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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Weaver's Workshop?

Tessie and Zar have lost all interest in the new building. They both went away in a huff..,,

Spike, loyal dog that he is, stayed and kept me company....I think he was just hoping for a bone.

Once I get going on this, I am sure that the Terrible Two will return with all kinds of helpful suggestions. They were really annoyed when I told them that I was probably going to turn this into a weaver's workshop.

I bought one of Warren Dick's working floor looms at the Tucson show two years ago. I did a very plain room box for it. Nothing to write home about.

I think that this structure will make an excellent home for it.

As it stands now, it had a footprint of about 13" by 18". That's counting the overhang on the front of the building. I will have to allow for the outside staircase that will be added later on.

The first thing I am going to have to do is make a base for it. It isn't too stable as it stands and by adding an extra pad underneath, I will be adding a yard and sturdiness at the same time. Size has not been established. If it is a town building, I will need a cobblestone walking space at the front. If it is a country place, it will need a garden...

I am definitely going to make it Tudor Half Timber...Have you noticed that I like that period....I am in a rut, but this building just looks Tudor to me. Maybe a modern weaver, living in an old building? The story will develop as the building goes forward.

I at least had the sense to check the size of the loom in the top room. It seems to fit either way.

Logically, it will have to sit crosswise. I tried it front to back first.

I always have to walk around in the room to see how it works. This one does not have a lot of head space when the loom sits front to back. It bothers me that I would probably be able to walk around it, but someone taller would be bumping their head or squeezing through tight spaces this way. And another thing. You can't really see the working parts of the loom either.

I think that this is the way to do it. There is still not a lot of walking space, but it is all usable. No head bumping. A lot of the buildings from the Tudor period weren't very roomy though.

Somewhere around here, I have a copy of an inventory from a will. It is from a weaver in England in the 1600s. I found it in a book at the University. That will give me some guidelines to go by.

The bottom of the main building will be the shop itself. Finished pieces of weaving for sale. The annex will be storage and maybe a place to rest. We shall see.....Of course, plans can change on a whim...

Two more days to vote.

See you tomorrow.


Elga said...

I love Tudor too, I think it will look great. I used to buy a lot of British home magazines at one time and a lot of the smaller Tudor houses had very low ceilings.

Lucille said...

It's all looking very interesting, Casey! I'm looking forward to the development of this new project!

Sandra from Sydney said...

Casey this new house is looking great. I'd keep an eye on the loom - I wouldn't be surprised if Tessie decides to sneak back when you are not looking and try it out, she's such a mischief. Sandie

Kathi said...

:D A new project! Love your ideas!

otterine said...

An excellent theme! It's a great building for Tudor.

MiniKat said...

A friend of mine has a loom like that in her house. Very cool!

SG-3 said...

I often read your blog on my phone - due to the small size of the screen I took a double-take with the first image. You surely wouldn't have R2D2 sitting on the first floor, would you? Then I thought, why wouldn't you?!

Then I realized what it really was. :)

Not sure how many male Tasmanian fans you have (my wife "introduced" me to your blog), but I'm loving it!

Troy said...

Looks like fun. There are a lot of possibilities with that project.