Actually, I had help. I don't like the power tools and cutting all these sticks by hand would take me an hour. Instead, it was all of 2 minutes to cut the sticks. Another 13 minutes to make the shuttles. We used a piece of wood for the shuttle that will double as a sword if needed. It's enough to get started weaving and we can expand on it as the weaver's interests grow.
The only thing that is missing from the loom is the piece of cloth - or strap - that goes around the back of the weaver. To prove that the student is interested enough in weaving to earn his or her own loom, I set up my loom with the warp, show them how, send them home and tell them to weave their own backstrap. They do this, they get their own set of sticks.
Here's the loom partway set up. So simple. A few sticks, a bit of string.
If you have a moment, google 'backstrap weaving' and have a look at some of the amazingly complex cloth people create using such simple tools. I'm simply in awe of the inspiration and skill of people who use these looms on a regular basis.