Schacht 50th Anniversary

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Schacht Spindle Company was founded in 1969 during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960’s and its accompanying craft resurgence. Brothers Dan and Barry Schacht started their business quite by chance when a friend wanted to learn to spin. They’d heard about Greentree Ranch in Loveland, Colorado, the only place around that taught spinning. One day, the brothers hopped in their van with friends and dogs and drove up to the ranch. Not only did they get a quick lesson in spinning on a drop spindle, they also came home with a commission to make 200 of them.

When the brothers delivered the spindles to the Greens, Louise Green, who was just starting to weave, suggested they make a simple loom. “What’s a loom?” they asked.

Their first model was a portable tapestry loom, a version of which we still make today. To spread the word about weaving (and to get dates!), the brothers taught classes at the Boulder Free School and soon opened a retail shop to serve the burgeoning fiber community.

In the beginning, the brothers designed simple looms and accessories at one of the university’s woodworking shops. Early manufacturing was done with the help of a commune and a retired woodworker in Loveland. Later, they set up a shop in their garage. From there they moved through a series of “real” factory spaces with honest-to-goodness power equipment.

In 1985, we built our own factory on three acres in Boulder. Today we are one of the world’s leading makers of hand weaving looms and spinning wheels. It’s been a pleasure and challenge to learn how closely our products tie in with the craftperson’s work. We realize that the quality of their work depends a lot on the quality of our tools.

In 2019 we’ll be celebrating our 50th anniversary all year long with special products, events, and a ton of fresh content. Get updates on our golden anniversary by visiting the web page.

Benjamin Krudwig

Benjamin is the Content Manager at Schacht, and loves creating weaving and spinning content for the Schacht blog. His other spinning and weaving work can be seen in Handwoven, Spin-Off and the SIP Easy Weaving With Little Looms. You may find him on Instagram as @benjamin_krudwig