I am engaged in a longterm project where I am trying to document all of the possible occupations that existed in the past up to the Edwardian Era. If I had the money, the youth and the health to do it, I would buy land and set up a self-sufficient farming community that would have craftsmen who would run technology museums for the tourist trade and also provide the manufactured goods that the community would need should the community ever get cut off from the outside world due to natural disaster or we ever have another energy crunch that would limit what could be shipped in.
Cloth manufacturing from raising the animals and growing the cotton/linen to producing the final finished cloth would account for a good number of the occupations, and cloth manufacturing was the first thing to be industrialized with power machinery. I would want my technology museums to show how cloth and everything else was industrialized.
But, I don’t think I will ever understand the technology of cloth production without building my own weaving loom. I can find plans in various books and online sources, but I have limited space so I’d have to settle for a small loom like the ones I’ve seen online using small-dimension lumber (2x2 rather than 4x4). These small looms can be designed to either be dissassembled or collapsible. But, I am concerned that they wouldn’t be sturdy enough to actually use. Has anyone had any experience with such things?