The school houses about 40 floor looms - jack, counterbalance, countermarche, and tapestry. While most weaving is on four to eight shafts, there are occasional 10 and 12 shaft (Macomber looms), 16 shaft (Purrington table loom) and 16 shaft (compudobby) projects.
Some looms are historic. The oldest was built by Weaver Rose (William Henry Harrison Rose), probably in the 1890's. He was a Rhode Island handweaver active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This loom, a conglomeration of different parts, was reassembled by Norma and her late husband, Andrew Staley, for an exhibit in 1992. She explains Weaver Rose's legacy for contemporary handweavers and describes the unusual characteristics of this loom. Two looms that belonged to Mary Meigs Atwater were used here for a few years until space in the Handweaving Museum in Clayton, NY became available.
An 8 shaft Harald Marquardsen loom from Flensberg, Germany was used in the Bauhaus by student weaver Gertrude Liebmann. There Anni Albers taught weaving and Paul Klee taught design courses for weavers.
Our most recent historical acquisition is an 8 shaft Gallinger loom, built by Milo Gallinger, probably in the 1940's for his wife, Osma Gallinger.