At the top is a willow branch that creates the "stick shed" and another willow branch below creates the "pull shed". Then below that is the curved "batten", that slides into the shed and when turned on edge opens the shed, making room to pass the yarn either left or right. Below the weaving, is a large wooden fork used for packing each row of weft into place. I purchased the fork and batten from Weaving Southwest (Taos, New Mexico). I ordered by phone and their excellent staff had the tools in the mail the next day!
This week with the sheep - The weaned lambs have been enjoying their daily rations of "kibbles" and alfalfa hay. The sheep auction is only 2 days away, and I am trying hard to be critical and practical in choosing who stays and who goes to market. It is always one of the saddest days of the year.