My Heck Block for Warping

Here is my heck block that Jim Ahrens built and used.

Heck Block and rails

This is the view of the whole assembly–the two poles that the heck block rides up and down on, the heck block and the reel itself. My ceiling is higher than the poles Jim made so a board was put in to anchor the poles to.

4 thoughts on “My Heck Block for Warping”

  1. Do you have any instructions on using the heck block that you can share? I recently received a horizontal AVL reel with heck block and am trying to figure out how to use it. Thanks!

  2. Thanks for the info. I haven’t had time to set mine up yet. I think everything is there but need to clean it up (it was stored in a shed for several years; wasps made their nests in the holes of the heck block).

  3. Hi Peggy,
    I’m reading your book #1 but am having a hard time visualizing how the heck block works. If you have the paddle clamped to something stationary, how does the warp go up and down the the vertical reel? Looking at your photos, are your reel & heck block attached to the floor? My reel looks like the same size as yours, except for you have a longer stem. Also, I have a slot & hole paddle and I’m having a hard time with how you want me to hold it for warping (presupposing I don’t attach it to anything). Sorry to be so dense but the older I get, the harder it seems to stuff new info into my brain.
    Thanks for your help in making my weaving go easier.


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