People are always amazed at how fast I am. The secret is that...anyone who practices, mindfully, with similar manual dexterity to what I have can be just as, if not faster, than me.
In this video on You Tube, I break down the motions so that anyone can see how I do what I do.
Over the years I have worked hard to have ergonomic motions. Turns out these ergonomic motions are also the most efficient ones. So working ergonomically results in yes, less injury, but also more speed.
Working ergonomically, efficiently, with a good rhythm also results in more consistency and therefore better results in terms of the cloth being created.
So no, someone new to weaving will not be as fast as I am. It took time to work out the motions, then practice them, training my muscles to do the motions consistently, while also learning when and how to adjust what I was doing depending on the fibre being used, to develop the speed that I now have. There are times when I slow my weaving rhythm down to a snail's pace in order to weave, for example, a very open cloth and the weft isn't so much as beaten in but simply pushed into place. Going slower in that instance gets me the results I desire much more quickly.
Everyone has to work at a pace that is comfortable for them, given their equipment and their intention. It is not a contest. It is personal growth and development that must be the first goal of any weaver. Pay attention to what you are doing, do it the most ergonomic way you can, and in the end, efficiency may well increase, too.
A short profile of me done by the local cable channel is here