Choosing the correct bench for your weaving needs is probably one of the most important decisions a weaver can make. The ability to avoid interruptions caused by fatigue, and continue weaving over long periods of time, are largely dependent on the comfort of the weaver.
All 3 styles of Leclerc benches are made from the finest Canadian hard Maple and are finished with clear lacquer and varnish to match the Leclerc loom they are used with. The are both comfortable and practical and are designed to fit out of the way under the loom breast beam when not being used.
This is a solid wood bench with a wide comfortable seat and a pair of easy-to-access storage compartments on each end for shuttles, bobbins and other weaving tools. The seat also folds up to reveal an even larger storage area that can be used to keep extra tools and yarn out of sight. This bench comes in two sizes to match the complete range of Leclerc floor looms
|Part Number||Dimensions||Price||Designed for:|
|Artisat, Nilus, Inca, Mira and Fanny|
|Nilus II, Colonial, Nilart, Kebec, Weavebird|
Made of Solid Wood, this smaller loom bench is adjustable in height to allow the weaver to select the most comfortable position. Recommended for use with the Compact (24"), Artisat (24") the Minerva and the Dorothy and Voyageur table looms if on a stand.
Like the Rocking Bench below, this bench can be ordered with optional Storage Bags (shown below)
The Leclerc Rocking Bench solves the dilemma faced by some weavers who are unable to get a bench at exactly the right height and who experience leg numbness caused by the seat edge cutting into the back of their legs (especially for shorter weavers).
With a seat height adjustable in 1" (2.5 cm) increments from 21" to 26 3/4" , this bench will satisfy the requirements of any weaver regardless their height. In addition, the seat can be set at a fixed angle of 84 degrees while at any height aligning the weaver's leg when the treadles of the loom are being depressed. This eliminates the problem with the seat edge cutting off blood circulation. As an additional feature, the seat can be set to "float" with the movement of the weaver's body through the full 90 to 78 degree arc so the seat is always kept aligned flush with the angle of the leg.
With a full 12" by 24" seating area, this bench will provide maximum comfort over extended weaving periods. This bench weighs 15 lb (6.7 kg) and can be ordered with optional Storage Bags (shown below).
|6384-7000||21-26 3/4 inches
To provide storage for the weaver using the Leclerc Rocking bench, a set of pouches that easily mount on the ends of the bench are available. Made of long wearing denim material, these bags are large enough to hold all the weaver's tools and supplies close at hand. Note that we can also special order the Adjustable Height Bench (6384-6000) with holes to allow these bags to fit it.
|6384-7002||Rocking Bench Storage Bags||$93.00 CDN
The next best thing to having your own weaving assistant, Leclerc's "Holds-All" is a handy table designed to sit near your loom to hold tools as well as providing a convenient bobbin winding station.
The wooden shelves sticking out on the sides act as handles to make it easy to lift and move the stand to where it is needed. These shelves also double as a convenient place to mount a bobbin winder that the weaver can use while seated at their loom. On one side there is a built-in cone/tube holder with room to hold up to 8 tubes of yarn while they wound onto bobbins. The other side incorporates a convenient doubling stand to allow multiple cones of yarn to be plied together. A large bin in the center provides storage space for yarn, shuttles and other tools. (Note: Click on the pictures to see a larger version.)
Dorothy/Meco/Medico Treadle Stands
These stands can be used to convert a 24" Dorothy or 22" Meco or Medico Table Loom to a floor loom with treadles. A set of 4 clamps attach the loom frame securely to the stand at a comfortable height for a weaver sitting in a chair. Instead of using the side levers to control which harnesses are raised, the weaver uses a set of 6 foot treadles for harness selection.
The stand has an optional set of 2 wooden shelves (one on each side) that provide the weaver with a handy place to put shuttles, bobbins and yarn. The shelves have a raised edge to prevent objects from falling off. Both the height of the shelves and the loom itself are adjustable to allow the weaver to set them where they are comfortable. One or both of the shelves can also be removed if in the way. The looms can be easily removed and used as a standard table loom if required for transport or storage (while warped).
A set of cords attach the levers to the treadles via a set of lams in the Treadle Stand. The Medico stand (pictured right) also includes the two sets of pulleys needed for the top of the castle to route the cords. The treadles are connected to the lams using a similar method of tie-up as a standard Leclerc floor loom (ie. using treadle cords and treadle hooks).
Both the Treadle Stand and the Loom Stand below use a set of 2 adjustable horizontal support bars to make it easy to set the loom's height to where it is comfortable for the weaver. A set of 4 frame clamps hold the loom securely in place while weaving but allow the loom to be quickly removed by simply unscrewing the knobs a few turns and folding the clamps out of the way. These clamps are pictured below on the Loom Stand. This design also "remembers" the height of the loom when it was last installed on the stand.
Note: This stand is designed to match the width of the 22 and 24 inch Leclerc table looms and will also fit 8 and 12 shaft versions of the looms, but only the first 4 shafts can be controlled using the treadles.
Table Loom Stand
This stand can be used to support a 24" Dorothy or Voyageur or 22" Meco or Medico Table Loom at a comfortable height for a weaver sitting in a chair and is the same basic design as the treadle stand above but without the treadles.
The stand can be ordered with or without a set of 2 wooden shelves (one on each side) that provide the weaver with a handy place to put shuttles, bobbins and yarn. The shelves have a raised edge to prevent objects from falling off. Both the height of the shelves and the loom itself are adjustable to allow the weaver to set them where they are comfortable. One or both of the shelves can also be removed if in the way. The loom can be easily removed and used as a table loom if required for transport or storage (while warped).
|Table Loom Stand||88800-0416
Dorothy/Voyageur Folding Loom Table
This folding table is designed to support the 15 3/4" Dorothy or Voyageur Table Looms. The legs are braced with metal rods running diagonally along the back and sides. The legs of the table fold in to allow the table to be stored when not in use.
A set of shelves, one at each side of the loom, hold shuttles, bobbins and yarn. One of the shelves can be adjusted (and then locked) to fit the older 15" version of the Dorothy loom.
Note: All prices above shown in Canadian dollars.
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