TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

When Norman Kennedy arrived in Marshfield to start a weaving school his plan was very simple....to teach students the techniques that he learned from watching the last of the professional weavers in his hometown of Abderdeen, Scotland.  These techniques dated back to when weaving knowledge was passed from master to apprentice and when producing expertly woven cloth was what put food on the table.  Things have changed since Norman was a lad just learning the weaving trade but here at Marshfield the production of expertly woven cloth is still what we excel in.

What also makes MSW unique, besides our traditional approach to hand weaving, is the use of historic equipment.  Our looms are 18th and 19th-century “barn frame,” or “English four post” looms gathered out of barns and attics across the region. Each piece of equipment is a unique, hand made objects with personality and history.

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