David III is a compact eight harness loom that looks modest, but in functional quality, it surpasses many large floor looms. It is available in 70 cm (27 5/8"), 90 cm (35 3/8"), and 110cm (43 1/2”) weaving width.
A 10-dent stainless steel reed
800 Texsolv heddles (280 mm)
Tie-up and lease sticks
Sixteen warp sticks.
Everything with the David has been a pleasure. Easy enough that I was able to assemble mostly on my own. I have my first warp on the loom right now and it is weaving perfectly. My son’s name is David so I had high expectations for this loom. Did not disappoint. Kay Hutson
At first when the 3 boxes of loom parts arrived I was surprised at the amount of assembly required! However, by following the detailed instructions (pictures could have been a bit clearer) and watching several videos on Utube my loom was together, adjusted and ready to weave. My first project came off the loom yesterday, a week later (a thick chenille tapestry bath mat). I am now ready to warp for a doubleweave silk scarf, testing the limits on completely different techniques. The David III is easy to warp with the built-in raddle, easy to advance and tighten the warp, and the treadles are effortless to depress. The use of texal cords to tie everything up is unique and works quite well. Overall, I am impressed with the quality of workmanship and ease of use. Thank you Louet.
The wonderful people at Gist Yarn are an invaluable resource! They helped me determine which loom would best fit my requirements as I transitioned to my first floor loom. Then they went to some extra lengths to coordinate with the manufacturers rep during the pandemic quarantine. How customer friendly!
I was worried about the “some assembly required” portion of getting my David loom up and running, but that was a non-issue. The castle of the loom comes pre-assembled, so there’s a great starting point. The Louet directions were specific, well illustrated with photos, and easily executed thanks to the precision manufacturing of each part. Everything fit where it should; nothing had to be forced or “tweaked”. I got the job done, with lifting help from my husband, in one afternoon.
As for weaving on this loom: The shed is surprisingly large, the beater is substantial enough to get the yarns placed without flogging them to death, and the pressure required to depress a treadle is easy on one’s feet and legs. The footprint of the David 90 is 42" x 33 1/2", so it’s “room-friendly”, especially because visually it seems compact and not very imposing.
I like everything about the David.