The Cranbrook Loom is widely considered to be the finest countermarche loom available today. This Scandinavian-style loom has mortise-and-tenon construction, powder-coated breast and rear beams, treadle locks, and a fully adjustable overhead beater. A countermarche loom is a balanced system of rising and sinking shafts. There are two sets of lamms: an upper suspended lamm and a lower pivoting lamm. Each shaft works independently, its operation not affecting that of the other shafts. The tie-up system of the Cranbrook employs a special-size Texsolv nylon loop cord that remains permanently installed on the treadles and may be tied to either the upper or lower lamm.
The front, rear, and knee beams of powder-coated tubular steel give the loom added rigidity while affording better protection for the warp. The solid octagonal warp and cloth beams are 16-1/2″ in circumference. The Cranbrook can be expanded from 4 to 8 shafts at any time. Its locking treadles are especially helpful for rug and tapestry weaving. Solid bronze ratchet gears, pawls, and beater hanger racks are featured on all Cranbrook looms. The warp beam ratchet gear is released by a foot pedal.
The more we get to know this loom, the more we appreciate the Cranbrook’s unique design and the advantages of countermarche weaving. Our upgrades make it even better. We have extended the frame of the loom to increase its depth by 18″. This not only makes treadling easier when using high tension, it allows more room inside the frame to maneuver for threading and treadle tie-up. To take advantage of the extra room inside the frame, we designed a sliding threading bench that makes treadle tie-up much more comfortable. We’ve added a 12-treadle option to all new Cranbrook looms–great news for summer and winter weavers. The loom bench has been modified so it can be assembled with either a slanted or flat bench top.
The Cranbrook loom is available in 48″, 60″, and 72″ weaving widths. Accessories include: 12-treadle option, loom bench, sliding threading bench, supended tool shelf, beater weight, double back beam, sectional beam, tension box rail, and raddle.