J. L. Hammett Company, Lyons, New York; Cambridge, Massachusetts, established 1863

Listed below are J L Hammett Loom Manual Reference Numbers:

LHC1- Instructions for Assembling and Operating Hammett's No. 301, No. 401, No. 402 Looms. 35 p. booklet including 6 pages from the 1965 catalogue.

JLHC4 - Directions for Warping and Weaving on Tawido Little Indian Loom, 1924. Back Strap Loom with rigid heddle. 4 p.

JLHC5 - Hand Weavers' Guide. (41 p. booklet) copied version, 21 p. Description of types of looms and 24 patterns. Written by G. L. Reed.

JLHC6 - Marcoux 45, 20 p. Instruction book and loom description.


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In an ad in Handweaver & Craftsman magazine (Vol. 26 #2 April 1975, and
another ad which appears in Vol. 26, #1, February 1975, p. 5), the
Marcoux is heralded as a "revolutionary folding jack type loom...Without
gimmicks. In every detail, it is designed to bring unprecedented ease
and efficiency to home weaving. The true craftsman loves a good,
responsive tool, and in the remarkable logic of this new loom, blending
maple and metal as functionally as a wagon wheel, the true craftsman
will recognize an inspiring answer to complaints about conventional
looms and tiresome weaving. The facts and features of Hammett's new
Marcoux 45 are exciting."

Bringing their expertise to the designing of this new loom were Alice
Marcoux who is Assistant Professor of Textile Design at the Rhode Island
School of Design and Laura Lovett, BFA Textile Design, Rhode Island
School of Design who has worked with Alice Marcoux over the past three
years on various free-lance projects.

Together they produced a very fine instruction book including
definitions and bibliography for this loom. There are many diagrams
for each of the following subjects: Indentification of Loom Parts,
Definition of Loom Parts, Removing Loom From Carton, Unfolding Loom,
Additional Material & Equipment, Chain Warping, Dressing the Loom,
Sectional Warping, Explanation of the Draft, Starting to Weave.
The Marcoux is listed under J. L. Hammett Looms (JLHC6) in the Loom
Manual Library.


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This description is from an ad on E-Bay. "This loom has 8 harnesses and 10 treadles. It has a double back beam, which is useful for weaving double cloth, or otherwise controlling your warps at different tensions. (seersucker, etc.) It has a weaving width of 45”. The loom measures about 55” wide x 44” high x 48” deep when opened. The front and back beam can be unscrewed and swung up when not weaving to save on space. When closed up the depth measures about 40” or so.

"The treadle tie ups are not original. In the photo now you can see it has wire tie ups. The loom used to have the treadles tied up with string and washers. It is in very good condition with some surface scuffmarks from being older now—just normal wear and tear marks. I have woven double cloth on it; it weaves pretty well; but sometimes the shed not as clear. But I just used my pickup stick the smooth the way. The other small problem is that the back cable sometimes slips. I’m sure these are minor, easy to fix things for someone who is handier than I. This loom comes with the original manual that came with it—its dated 1974 as when the first owner bought it."