SOUTH HAVEN, MICHIGAN – Using a combination of vintage and modern tools, Mike McGarr is looking to revive a bit of family weaving history.
The 27-year-old is the great-grandson of Wallace and Melvina McGarr, who were owners of the Norwood Looms Co. for more than 40 years beginning in 1951. After more than four decades in business, the McGarr’s sold the company to another Michigan loom maker before it was eventually moved overseas.
Recently, Mike teamed up with his father, Terry McGarr, 60, to launch McGarr Norwood Co. Using the family’s collection of old Norwood Looms as patterns, these woodworkers are rebooting the company using the high quality cherry wood Wallace McGarr loved to build looms with.