Last weekend the town of St Pierre Jolys hosted their annual ‘sugaring off festival’. Now, I won’t go into that rant about the weather, how it’s the middle of April, and we still have over a foot of snow on the ground, and more coming. The maple trees need above-freezing weather by day and below-freezing temperatures by night for the sap to run. Temperatures have been staying well below freezing, day and night. No sap running this year … but I digress.
I was invited to bring my sash-weaving demonstration to the festival, finger weaving for the voyageur-types and sprang sashes for the 1700s military explorer enthusiasts (LaVérendrye aka Pierre Gaultier de Varennes, who came traipsing through, exploring in the 1730s, the first European to reach the upper Missouri River).
So, there I was in St Pierre Jolys last Sunday.
I selected this sprang frame for the day because it is so portable. It is a set of stretcher bars from an art supply store. I drilled holes to attach the dowels that hold the warp. I also put holes in the corners where I insert screws, to keep the frame from popping apart. It is a frame I made for myself, early on in my experimenting with sprang.
I find this frame just does not hold much tension. Sitting there last Sunday I remembered again why I really prefer my heavy-duty frame, constructed from 2x4s.
There is a lot to be said for having the proper tools. I have seen heavier stretcher bars at the art store recently. Perhaps I should give them a try. Maybe a heavier stretcher-bar would serve the dual purpose, portability, as well as stability for sprang.