In 1934 Walter Ashford founded Ashford Handicrafts Ltd, a company that has become a world leader in the manufacture of quality spinning wheels, weaving looms and textile equipment.
Table looms offer some advantages for the weaver not found in other looms. They are designed to take up less space but can offer 4, 8 or 16-shafts for very complex weaving. This means they are great for a first time weaver, just getting their feet wet, but can address the needs of an experienced weaver wishing for a sample loom.
While they can be table looms with hand operated "treadles," some can be set up with a special table that permits some foot treadles. Many fold and thus are easy to transport to gathering or to store out of the way. How you weave on a table loom is nearly identical to a floor loom, so starting out with this type of loom is a good way to learn to weave but at a much lower cost than a floor loom.