Rusty reeds can be cleaned by rubbing out the rust with fine steel wool or by using a commercial rust remover, such as Naval Jelly. When using these products be sure to follow the directions on the label very carefully. If you use the rust remover, work it between the dents of the reed with a small brush (a toothbrush works well). Rinse the piece very thoroughly. We suggest doing this outside with a hose. Dry it immediately (use a hair dryer, if possible). The tape on the top and bottom edges of the reed may come loose. You can replace it with a cloth tape or duct tape and trim it to size with a knife or razor blade.
Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960's and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.