Monday, 1 August 2011

Home Made Mat Loom

Hand crafted by Sakari Korpi.

Sakari was an accomplished carpenter and built his own home and later a summer cottage at Polly Lake. He was a legend in the bush camps around Nipigon and was frequently the top producer of cord wood, which he cut using a bucksaw and axe.  In later years, Sakari went to work for the CPR railway where again he gained a reputation for his strength and stamina. He worked for the railway until his retirement in 1966. Sakari passed away on January 2, 1988 at the age of 86.

Sakari constructed this mat loom in 1950, carving the wooden frame and other components by hand.  His wife, Elizabeth, then spent countless hours cutting up old rags and clothing that were no longer fit to wear.  She then used the long strips of cloth to fashion beautiful floor mats using this loom. Elizabeth passed away in 1989 at the age of 85.

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