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.
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.