Crank and Yank
I was getting a LOT of requests to show the crank and yank method of beaming the warp on a rigid heddle loom so here it is.
It's a quck and dirty video. I just wanted to give folks the idea of what "crank and yank" means. I have another video showing how to do this on a floor loom, but the idea is the same on any loom.
If you direct warp, sley the rigid heddle as usual. With the heddle in the neutral position, pull on the warps in front of the heddle.
If you indirect warp (my favorite way of warping) have your lease sticks and/or heddle on the warps as usual and pull on the warps in front of the sticks/heddle.
If your warp separator allows for it, pull on it in the opposite direction, once in a while, to compact the warps onto the beam even more.
If you don't want to crank and yank, you can always attach weights to the ends of the warp (see my article about warping without a helper).
Here's a timelapse video of me dressing my rigid heddle and using crank and yank to beam the warp. It took me about 45 minutes in real time. No sound on the video.
Sorry for your experience, but I did put a disclaimer in the second paragraph of the article stating that it was a quick and dirty video, along with a link to one I did for a floor loom which showed it better. Did you see it? The entire width of the loom wasn't necessary to be filmed as the technique only involves tugging on the warp at the warp beam. Just tug on the warps with a snap and then wind it onto the beam. Don't over think it...it's really that simple. Happy Weaving!