Mabel and Co is a new organic tweed weaving studio on the Suffolk coast currently being carefully pieced together from rescued equipment sourced countrywide by Founder -and a meticulous workman - James Jenkins.
“Some of the machinery has been neglected and unused for 30-40 years. Pieces are broken and rusty.”
James is restoring everything by hand, working tirelessly on a huge Warping Mill with just his wire brush. He’s prepared the 12 inch pulleys, which is when he called in the assistance of Oricalcum linseed oil paint.
Linseed oil paint is used on wood, render - and metal substrates like the Warping Mill. It’s moisture-wicking properties draws out water to ensure the components are protected from rust and decay for decades. James will also benefit from low-fuss maintenance only every 10-15 years.
“I’ve researched different paint options for the Warping Mill, some of which are marketed as ‘Green’, but reading the fine print I discovered they were all acrylic-based paints.” The Mabel and Co weaving studio is 100% sustainable through natural solar energy and pedal power. James chose linseed oil paint as a 100% natural product that aligns itself with the ethos of the weaving studio.
James is passionate about his restoration project and his attention to detail is undeniable. “I began applying the linseed paint in the recommended thin coats but was struggling with some minor brush strokes. I sought advise from Oricalcum, who advised I thin the paint with a little raw linseed oil. Their customer service really is first rate.”
Once James’ work is done, the weaving mill will become a sustainable organic cloth manufacturer. “ We still like to work under the ‘crafts’ banner. We are not a huge manufacturer but we will be able to produce cloth on a small commercial scale.”