of Michael's project for a few months. I first heard of it when I received the following for Pete Eaton,
another gentleman who brought a Draper loom that was in very bad shape back to life.
Please allow me to introduce Michael Masterson. Although Michael is new to the Draper Loom
community, he is no stranger to textiles. He is a nationally recognized designer and cottage
industry manufacturer of denim shirts, and has been noted as a feature of Martha Stewart's
American Made Awards. Michael shares our love of American ingenuity and has an insatiable
desire to learn more about Draper Loom history, and specifically loom operation.
Knowing the kind of men you are, I am fully confident you will be as helpful to him as you have
been to Laurie and me.
With kind regards,
For a much more extensive look at getting a Draper loom back into operating condition, click here
to see the Eaton loom project.
Good morning from Pennsylvania!
So, albeit a task with many features, I would like to begin again by thanking you all. I think the first
step for me besides hauling the loom in February is searching for the X-3 operation/parts manual.
I am having difficulty in finding this.
I would also like some information on sourcing useable/ tangible parts. ie... Quills and shuttles
for the unit.
In anyone has information on having harness and reed makers that would be fantastic as well.
It's more amazing to me to see what you cannot find on the internet.
Again, thank you for everything. I am hoping to head to Massachusetts. Soon.
My name is Michael, and I am in recovery from western civilization.
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I am very pleased to announce that the Draper X-3, Due to the kindness of Mr. Peter Eaton has
landed. I am fortunate to live within just under an hour from the Eaton's. Peter and I successfully
installed the loom on Saturday March 2nd 2013. We also removed the warp beam. (yes, it did
take two big fellas). Below are a few photos of transport and install. Yesterday I disassembled
the entire warp beam assembly, to gain access to the rear of the machine. I am unable to explain
the amount of grease and cotton slathered on the unit.
As Peter pointed out, and as suspected, most if not all of the electronic safety mechanics have
been disabled. The solution? A very kind, retired Draper mechanic will drive to PA from South
Carolina within the month to "re-wire" the loom and provide a basic technical training. I invite and
suspect Mr. Eaton would like to join? This gentleman will also bring with the quill winder, extra
picker arms, and a few reeds. Again, very lucky.
Thank you all for your support again. I recommend sending me your mailing addresses. As
soon as finished goods come off the beam I would love to send you a linear meter of the
material. Seems as if it has been quite some time since the last production of 48" LoomState
L.O. 10896 is recorded in Draper's original hand-written ledger on 7/17/1964 as being a lot
of 6 40" X-3's to built for the Illinois State Penitentiary - shipped in December, 1964. There
were also 6 40" X-2's on the same order.