The Equipment Compendium study group will gather information about looms (past, present, and future) in order to understand the mechanical aspects of each device, possible uses, reuses, and adaptations, for repair and extension of equipment usage to extend the limits of complex weaving.
Study group members will develop and utilize templates to support consistency and completeness of compendium entries to include dimensions and features of equipment including ergonomic considerations accessible to all members of CW. The group will also study patents, historical development, and information about how manufacturers adopted, altered, and improved design over time. Sources for replacement parts and newer uses for older equipment will also offer opportunities for study group members to contribute to the compendium and development manuscripts for publication in the CW Journal. Members will be able to exchange information with each other using groups.io and virtual meetings. A periodic study group e-newsletter will help members fill in gaps for each other and develop new ideas to pursue. Tools in development, especially based on interactions within the study group, will remain private to the study group.
We will look back through the lens of history to understand weaving mechanisms and look forward to the future with adaptations to new materials and methods of manufacturing. Through membership in groups.io, members will be able to explore cutting edges of technology for fresh takes on equipment across time and around the world.