This barn loom (so-called because of the massive frame inside which the weaver sits) is probably 125 years old. It would have been used to weave simple textiles, such as blankets of homespun yarns or rag rugs of outworn clothing or fabric scraps.
This loom was brought to Washington Island in the 1950's by Louise Erickson, who acquired it in southeastern Wisconsin. It was restored to operation in 1993 and is presently used for weaving demonstrations.
Photo captured in the weaving shed at the farm museum on August 17, 2020.
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