What you see above is a Draper X-3 loom being delivered to Michael Masterson. I've been aware
    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.

    Dear Gentlemen,

    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,

    Pete Eaton

    For a much more extensive look at getting a Draper loom back into operating condition, click here
    to see the Eaton loom project.

    The next day Michael sent this message:

    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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    Good Morning All,

    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.

    Ron Brown

    For a much more detailed look at restoring an
    old Draper loom to working condition, click here.

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