Well, now it can be revealed. This is one of its 4 corners:
It is a rag rug loom! Isn't he clever:) Don't know what one is - check on-line. They are variable in design but relatively easy to make. Although you can't see them, the bottom of the metal rods are held in place by mini butterfly clips.
We dismantled an outdoor twin seat and table set, using any wood that was still intact. The rest has gone into our wood store for kindling. We had to buy galvanised nails, large eyes, small eyes as we didn't have enough required (or in a good enough condition to use) plus two metal rods which we bought from a steam fair for just £6 for the two. All in all, I reckon it cost no more than £14 to make, plus DB's time of course! They retail for far more than that.
What isn't shown is another short piece of wood with eyes and nails in that will allow me to make a shorter rug without having to take the whole thing apart, it just slides in and is held into place.
Can't wait to get started as I already have enough fabric to make the first carpet. Let the 'stringing' and weaving begin. Have a lovely weekend everyone!