avl, the world leader in high performance looms, is pushing the boundaries (again! ). in early 1998, we introduced a new loom that offers an unprecedented combination of weaving power and compact size. The avl studio dobby loom.
designed from the ground up for use in universities and design studios, the studio dobby loom (sdl) provides the punch of our compu-dobby® ii system in an extremely small and economical package. Teachers, designers, sample weavers - anyone with limited space but high expectations - will delight in this loom.
available with either 16 or 24 harnesses, its footprint is a mere 30" x 44" (112 cm x 76 cm), and it stands a diminutive 48" (122 cm). Yet, weaving width on the sdl is a full 20" (50 cm), perfect for sampling and weaving instruction. At this scale, a bank of these looms can be easily accommodated in a class room or design studio. A single loom will fit nicely in the corner of a small apartment.
high performance in a small package
best of all, the avl studio loom is solid. We've framed it in select northern ash and, at the risk of over-doing things, have dimensioned our wood parts with extra thickness - well beyond the norm. Given its low center of gravity, this may be the most solidly built handloom ever made commercially available.
why would we go to such effort with such a small loom? Because you, our customers, asked us. Over the years, we've had plenty of requests from instructors, studio designers, and students who needed small, low-maintenance, economical, computer capable looms. Alright - no frills functionality is now available from avl.