Late yesterday I started the first run of the Carolien Loom Stands! I’m wonderfully excited by this – she was so inspirational to help me design this wonderful tool. I have all of the parts and pieces – and I’m going to town. MANY bases are cut to size and today I begin the shaping. Perhaps the steel will get cut to length this afternoon. I expect to have photos and prices by the end of next week. To those more than 50 who have firm orders, not even knowing the price nor seeing a photo, everyone is going to be so pleased, I promise! Carolien loves hers, and you will too.
On another note of great joy, construction begins this morning on enclosing the pad in front of my shop. I’ll now have about 15′ x 35′ more shop space! There will be two roll up doors – 10′ and 6′ so that I’ll still have a sense of working outside. Simon is doing the work. Pat will be adding more electrical and lighting. Cat and I will paint the interior white for better light. After it’s all complete, I’ll move several pieces of equipment out there so that the woodshop will not be so crowded, along with the existing dust collector. Then, a new much more powerful dust collector will be added to the main shop. Me being even more efficient? Is that even possible? Yep!
This is a fantastic day! Joy to the World!


I would never have believed it. You always see those insurance advertisements – go with us and save several hundred dollars. They ALL say it! Never believed any of them. Our motorcycles (3) were due. I’ve been very dissatisfied with our carrier thru aarp – Foremost. They for 4 years have refused to properly assign the bikes to us as riders – assigning Cat to the two two-wheelers and me to the trike! Cat cannot ride a two-wheeler at all. She rides ONLY the trike. They refused for those 4 years, including this morning using the excuse of “it’s the computer”. We tried every year without success – just indifference and curtness.

A couple of years ago I added a Harley Street Glide I had taken as settlement of a debt. Rode it a bit, but loved my chopper. Had it a few months and the opportunity to sell developed and sold it. Foremost credited only about three dollars when there was about half of the year left on the policy period! Their response, in a nutshell was kinda sorta “Tough”! That seemed super indifferent and profoundly unfair. My unhappiness with Foremost grows by leaps and bounds.

So, this year a few weeks ago the bill for renewal comes. I start contacting other bike insurance carriers for quotes. Could not get a human being live from ANY one! Tried about a half dozen! Geico, USAA, and on and on…… Waited on hold for up to twenty minutes – no human ever came on line! All had this computer you were supposed to talk to! Go on line – you had to fill out pages of data – none would permit contact or leave a call back! In my old age estimation – grossly unfair to old coots like me! When we returned from Albuquerque yesterday thru Socorro, I noticed a State Farm office. We were tired and didn’t stop. I had State Farm insurance from 1958 when I was 12 with a Cushman Scooter for $6.50 a year thru 1985 for cars, then in San Antonio. So, this morning I called the agent. He gave me a quote with identical coverage as Foremost, for about $350 a year LESS than Foremost! So, can you guess what I did? Yep. I did. For once, I believed the ad. When the cars and house comes up, I’ll be visiting our State Farm agent in Soorro. Foremost and aarp might be a memory. We’re not trapped simply because we’re over 50……………………


Foot Powered No More

Today I gave my last two foot powered skein winders to two very dear friends. These two are very important friends in our lives for a very long time. We value their friendship – and I just wanted to share these two winders with them as a symbol of how much they mean to us. I can’t do things like this often, but it worked out this time. Every time I make a tool, I’m sharing part of me with whomever uses that product, for my hands touch and finish every thing that I offer to a customer. Enjoy using every tool of mine – it’s a bit of me.

The “Carolien” Hand Loom Stand

Several days ago I was able to design and produce a remarkable stand for securing my hand looms to weave using both hands! It came about at the request of a young lady in Belgium named Carolien who has the use of only one arm. She was struggling to find some way to weave efficiently using my loom – having such focus and ambition, but without much success. She had been doing embroidery on a stand made for that purpose but was unable to adapt it for weaving. Her request a few weeks ago gave me pause, and time gave me daily thought as to what I could do to accommodate her needs. That morning was reserved intending do something solid. I left the house without a design – just intent. But, on the way, a sudden flash of inspiration came to me – a flood of design that sometimes happens to me after deliberation to problem solve. Most often it comes during sleep – I awake suddenly with a solid solution to challenging problems…..

The solution was so good – so wonderful – and so fun to make! It took me a couple of hours to do this first-of – and it’s so incredible. I’m so proud of it – it can be used by Carolien as she wanted – to hold between her legs, adjustable in height and angle. It will accommodate my Tiny, Original, or Large loom.

It could also be used on a table. With a simple modification, it could be used to support one of my Very Large Looms as well. With an extended support shaft and a larger base, it would work well as a floor stand. I’ve not set final prices, but it will be sorta pricey. I’m using exotic woods for the bases, square steel tubing for the verticals, and “C” clamps to secure the looms.

This is a 100% original artistic creation of Jim Hokett of Hokett Would Work and I reserve all rights. Before I release the wonderful photographs Cat took and accept orders, I’d like to know if there is enough interest in such support stands to do so. Is there?

I am so proud of and thankful to Carolien for her inspiration. She is a remarkable young lady.   Her stand, loom, and tools will be in the mail to her tomorrow.  I’d love to hear from anyone who might have interest in a hand loom stand……



Birthday Price List

Today is my 70th Birthday! I’ve never been this age before and just don’t know how to act…. So, I have a brand new price list! It’s updated with a few things – clarify some of the little loom stuff, eliminated a few items that have been discontinued, lowered prices on the last few foot powered skein winders and large squirrel winders, and so on. I’ve been so blessed with such great success, but reminded by my crumbling body that I must slow down a bit. Hence some changes in what I do. I’ll be doing more welding and metal work and not so much detail of small turnings and ittie bittie tools. I still LOVE what I do and will still do what I can. Today a life long friend is bringing a few years-old cow skulls. They will become a new form of art for me – and you’ll soon see examples of what they’ll become here on my blog. I look forward to new experiences, more rides on our motorcycles, drives in the Corvette, and a bit of a slower pace at times. Life tells me so.
Should you like to have a copy of the new list – email and it’ll be on the way. Thanks for looking!

Pig and Pepper

IMG_4716 IMG_4712 IMG_4719Two issues today. The Pig and Pepper. I finished the pig. Well, except for the blue eyes to come. The pink pig is done and in place. We love it a LOT! Fun should be a part of life, right? And, life. It should be full of love. We improved that with Pepper. She’s a rescue – fixed, Doxie/Chihuahua mix, and so full of love and trust for us. She’s so trusting, quiet, and has already brought us such peace. We’ve missed having such a source of four legged love in our life, and here she is! Lap of love…… We’re taking Cat’s industrial sewing machine with us to Albuquerque Monday to a new home Monday when I get my eye injection. I’ll sit in the truck while the new owner of the machine deals with the unloading. Cat’s such a remarkable source of support and peace. I’d not do this without her calm and love…………..

Monday, Monday

A favorite song of mine. Unfortunately, this coming Monday I return to a long series of chemo injections into my right eye for macular degeneration. Just can’t describe how much of a downer that is right now. Still hopeful. Mostly hopeful that I can tolerate them.
This past Monday had a neurology deal. Severe headaches for awhile. Tests. Gonna try prevention rather than treatment. Seizure drugs. We’ll see. Wait – does that connect with the MD before? Speaking of headaches, I woke with a really bad one at two this morning. It’s about 8 and still have it. Hoping for relief, but so far what I’ve taken hain’t (my new word) worked. Yet.
Yesterday finished all the welding on my art piggie! Today gonna visit Socorro to get the paint to paint my oinker. Think that it’ll be pink.
So many sales recently. I am deeply thankful for the honor I feel every time someone so respects my work with a purchase, even if it’s a $6 tiny Barb beater, or a $6,500 shop order………………… Neither is more important than the other. And a lady in Norway cried when she opened her order at the beauty of the American Black Walnut loom kits……………….
Photo of my pig soon.