Hi, I'm Ginger and my husband is Ken. With the maiden name of Weaver it was inevitable that I'd always been interested in the process of weaving. I'd always wanted to learn what it took to create some of the beautiful textiles that I'd seen at craft shows and in boutiques.
After marrying Ken in 1999 we both knew that we wanted a lifestyle change and that it would involve living in the country. It's been fifteen years of two-steps forward and one-step back, but we are finally here. Our sixteen acres is beautiful and we've managed to acquire some of the animals we both desired - but there's still so much more work to do.
We currently live in a small cabin with a sleeping loft that just manages to hold us and the dogs, who get to be house dogs at night. We've broken ground on a basement and shop and have the shell of a house started, but for now we are content to take things one step at a time.
About two years ago I was introduced to the local Fiber Guild, Fiber Folks of SW Missouri and purchased my first rigid heddle loom. I was hooked! But I still work a full time job, and there never seemed to be enough hours in the day. Especially when I thought about warping the loom. My little cabin is not very big and warping required me to basically clear all the decks and make sure I had enough hours to be able to complete the process in between two meals. Many times, I put off starting a project because of the warping process.
That's where Ken comes in. Ken Bogle told me before we were married that he "could build anything". It didn't take me long to figure out that it's not bragging if you really can do it. And he can. So we started researching and experimenting and it wasn't long before he came up with the system the we now call The Weavers Rapid Warp Loom. Each loom is made from solid wood by hand in his shop. A perfectionist at heart, he works to balance each loom so that it spins with ease and shapes each heddle to precise dimensions.
As our business grows our hope is that we can add new products to help the fiber enthusiast. Our specialty is innovation. If you have an idea for improving your favorite tool or an idea for a new tool, Ken is the inventor and designer that can make your dream a reality. (This handsome guy makes my dreams reality everyday . . . but, I digress!)
Give The Weaver's Rapid Warp Loom a try. We are dedicated to your satisfaction. We will be here if you need advice or instruction and we look forward to getting to know all the new fiber friends that we know this product will bring into our lives.
Click this button to meet some of the other members of our family and see pictures of our farm. UPDATE: Well, things have changed! We made some big changes about this time last year. We just couldn't keep up. The looms were selling well, but it was taking all our time and attention -between marketing, shop time, and trying to mow, build a house, etc., etc. , nothing was getting done well. So . . . here's what has happened to date. (I should have been posting this stuff all along, but anyway who knows me will tell you that my superpower is procrastination!) I have gone back to work so that we have insurance and a steady income (as small as it is). We sold our 16 acres and in September we moved into a tent on 3 acres we bought from my dad. We also moved our small cabin, but Ken took some time to spiff it up, so we were in a tent and old RV until the snow started to fly. We're back in the cabin, Ken took a month or so to design a new house design that can be built around our current cabin and to secure and steady it with some i-beam placements. Then he started on a new shop. Currently all of our equipment is in storage and we are not producing any looms. But people continue to show an interest and we are keeping a waiting list. Production should resume again shortly after the first of the year. It's been a bit stressful, but God is always faithful and we are beginning to be encouraged that it will not be long until we are back to "normal"! (Whatever that is! Lol!) Thank you for your continued support and if you would like to be placed on the waiting list - please contact us! Click below to see some of the pictures of what's been going on: