Today I have a ” bore-staff ” loom for your pleasure.
This particular bore staff loom came to me some years ago and had been in the family since it was built around 1795 or so.
Until I received this loom, I had thought there was only one style of bore-staff loom and that was typically a cantilever in the front.
This loom changed that view and for all intents it resembles at least somewhat, a four poster except for the placement of the warp beam.
It is the beam itself that is the actual bore staff part of which we speak when describing the type of loom.
As far as I can tell, there is no particular advantage to a bore staff warp beam over any other, it was just a matter of preference for the loom maker I suspect. Admittedly, my experience using this type of loom is limited so in time I may learn otherwise.
If you notice, the warp beam extends beyond the right and left hand upright supports of the loom and does so significantly. On what would be the weaver’s right hand, would be a long staff or rod of wood that would insert into the ” bores ” of the beam to facilitate turning it and advancing the warp from a seated position.
My impression is that these looms were typically made by German or Dutch weavers as the cantilever style of loom was popular with them, though the family history that came with this one states that the owner/ maker was a Scottish immigrant. Whether or not he made the loom or contracted for it to be made is unclear.
To date, I have not seen a four poster with a bore staff beam. I’d love to hear from you if you have.