Who Let The Dog Out?

Cat and I have had the most incredible three days! Our guests left earlier this morning taking some “Family” things we shared with them. Our most wonderful guests were our great nephew David Dean and his friend Chris from the Dallas area, and David Dean’s “little” brother, Daniel from the Houston area. All three are the most respectful and really good kids. Yes, kids, of early 30’s…… Most people are”kids” to us.
I did figure out what to do with my custom Big Dog chopper – I gave it to David Dean! He rented a truck and borrowed a trailer to haul his Dog home. Daniel had his Harley on the trailer – so he and his brother had a nice ride together while here…. Therefore, I know WHO LET THE DOG OUT….. All the boys are such good young men.
They arrived about 9 Friday morning – then we all went to Albuquerque in our truck for important prescriptions. A wonderful lunch at El Pinto, shakes at the ‘Breaking Bad’ Twizzlers for the boys, and back to Magdalena where the boys went to sleep till Saturday morning….. I did tacos for them then a drive/ride to the VLA then lunch in Datil. Movies afternoon. And I shared several guns and lots of photographs. I fixed a nice pan of chicken Alfredo and fetticuni.  This morning we loaded the bikes and away they went……. We’ll miss them all and hope for return visits. Perhaps Daniel and his wife might include us in a long bike ride!
I had the nicest letter from Bethany in Canada this morning. What a wonderful person who shared her thoughts in a special way. Thank you a LOT, Bethany – you have helped to ensure that I have a magnificent day.
Now I’m going to have a morning nap – I’m learning to take it easy………….
Jim

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Mary

Mary sent photos of her first work on one of my looms – see September 24, 2017 for “Arkansas Apple Tree”. It comes to mind that she’s had a hitch in her git-along with a broken leg and a difficult recovery. Let’s all wish her a good recovery and relaxed time warping and weaving on her two little Hokett Looms! Arkansas is such a pretty state – I spent a year at Jacksonville with Little Rock AFB working on the photographic systems for the B-58 Hustler bomber from 1968-1969 – between my two voluntary years in Vietnam. What fun I had just driving the country roads and visiting little country stores with pickle barrels on the porch – and finding fishing spots just for fun.
I’m still learning how to be ‘retired’. A couple of days ago I did finish installing and making operational my very old school component stereo system. The huge speakers still need to be lifted to their new ‘home’ about 7′ off the floor. I’ll get help for that. One of the CD decks uses cartridges of up to 6 CD’s at a time, and I have about 10 of them. Even with ear protectors I’ll be able to hear the music…..
Wishing all fathers everywhere a grand and great good day this Father’s Day!
Jim

Still Learning

This old man is still learning things every day. Lately it’s how to have a life after being so incredibly intense making tools and equipment for all the fine weavers, spinners, and other fiber artists for so many years. It’s a struggle to feel ok about not working as I’ve been doing. Since the last total sale of everything left to one dealer, my time has been first full of packing everything so that it could be picked up next month. A few tasks making my shop more usable after such intense production like properly storing tools, bits, blades, plans, samples, and a thousand other things. I’ll be at this for a long time…….
A project here and there presents itself such as today Cat and I installed a video cabinet that the TV, DVD/BLURAY player, VHS deck, and every tape and DVD we have area stored and available to pick! We have hundreds….. It took me a few days to make the cabinet…. Yesterday I made a cart for Cat to use in her gardening. The wheels are pneumatic tires, and two swivel to allow moving about. The container on the deck is an old stainless steel barrel from a dead shop vac. This is very useful to her and will make her gardening easier. Since the former platform for the TV and decks was a fine board of Cypress that originally would be parts of benches I used to make that sat on the top of two GIANT old school speakers that were with my old school stereo system with a CD Deck, receiver, Cassette Deck, Reel-to-Reel tape Deck, and a Studio Turntable. Now, those speakers are in my shop soon to be installed and the whole system, already on a stand I made for it, will all be connected and made operational! Yes, I could continue to use an IPOD and the deck for it, but I long for the power of a big time extreme stereo system. So, you have confirmation that I’m OLD, not just old school……
I’ll be doing some gardening, believe it or not. Years ago I had the most astounding iris, roses, vegetables, grapes, apples, and so on…. Not going that big, but I’ll be doing some just for fun. Welding and metal sculptures WILL be a big part of my future too. Such as a HUGE spider web out of rebar and metal rod to the top of the Bike House to the ground with one or two of my huge spiders and several smaller ones. My interpretation of animals such as birds, pigs, roadrunners, and perhaps a very large snake. I’ve picked out a new large wood lathe that will be a huge part of my activities. I’ll be making larger Nottles – large diameter interior as well. And, so many other things. Yes, Grasshopper, focus…..
However, it’s the fact I have no “driver” like the business any more. I had been working so hard all my life so far to gain “acceptance” – something that ONLY Cat has given me in a way that I can understand. I have a remarkable friend in North Carolina who has been counseling me on putting my ducks in a row……………….. I’m going to be better, but right now it’s a daily struggle.
The ’41 Ford will be complete next month!!!!!!!!!!!! That will give Cat and I such JOY, too! We did take a drive in the Corvette to Datil for lunch to celebrate installation of the video cabinet at a VERY quick trip. That car is such a joy to drive and ride, except for the almost constant failure of the air conditioner and seat cooling. I’ve had more than a dozen brand new Chevy’s – but I’ll not in the rest of my life have another. I’ll get to the point of selling both the Corvette and Silverado. The Silverado is also another that has an issue that has haunted me from the day it was delivered – the heater failing constantly. I”m thru with the Reliable Chevy and Casa Chevy in Albuquerque screwing me over these two vehicles – having them for weeks, pretending to “fix” the issues, and especially JOY RIDING the Corvette. Both those dealers have done that repeatedly. The dishonesty of them is repulsive. They are the reason this person who used to be a Chevy Man will not EVER buy another GM product. Looking back, I’ve not ever had a Chevy/’GM product that was RIGHT. Not a single one. Pardon the expression, but screw ’em. The OWNER of Casa Chevy and operating partner said to me “We’ll make this right”. They lied thru their teeth. I’d recommend any human or organization to avoid both these dealerships, and bigger, ALL GM products………………………………………
Off my rather sturdy soap box. I’ll go and shower, read the paper on-line because the Abq Journal quit delivering papers West of I-25 a few years ago, and have my one daily Dr Pepper, while watching Judge Judy then the news. Unfortunately the news is far far too full of the orange headed fruitcake who’s on a chosen path to world destruction.
Jim

It’s a Wrap

All good things come to an end. This morning saw a commitment to sell all of my remaining fiber tool and equipment to a large dealer. Details later. I’m very very happy. Several large dealers did their thing in the past few months. They all will represent my work well, including Every dealer regardless of size.
On another matter, I’ll likely soon be gifting my custom chopper to a grand nephew! Some details to work out, but hope it will go to him in the next several weeks to a few months. I want to ride it a bit before seeing it go to such a very deserving home. Details later.
Spending lots of time in the shops cleaning, rearranging, and throwing away. The back of the truck is cram packed with mostly cardboard tightly packed to take to recycling tomorrow. This is all a result of selling everything and packing to mail. We recycle anyway, but this is major.
We’re staying busy and doing what we can, however less and differently than ever before. Life is good to those who take a few minutes to just appreciate every breath we take.
The ’41 Ford Pickup is progressing — it’s being reassembled with all the new parts replacing all mechanical and electrical. I”m hoping to find a good home for the drivetrain.  It’s in great shape and original to the truck. Ford Flatheads Forever! I learned to drive in Dad’s 1950 Ford pickup and its V-8 flathead – perhaps the most reliable engine in history.

Later, Jim

Going, Going…………

All good things do come to an end. The fiber tool part of my business is almost completely gone. I’ll be liquidating what’s left in the next few days to my largest dealers who have the capacity – at appropriate prices. More on this soon.
I cannot begin to explain how I appreciate the support of so many fine people in my 25 years at doing all this… I’m tired and worn out.  I’ve tried to keep still about so many overtly copying my work, even one Very large loom manufacturer who literally copied the concept and layout for my little looms and tools in kits, even showing examples of work on “their” looms exactly as I have been doing for Years.  They should be ashamed, but apparently have no honor.  I know the owner and thought he was better than that.  I do not wish them well.  Many of my customers have written me about that sham.  I’m betting that thousands have noticed the skimming of intellectual property as well…………………………….
Complete mechanical and electrical updating on the ’41 Ford F1 is going well and should be done July’ish. Very anxious and still patient…..
Cat’s issues are at least named. Some treatment is available thru pharma. We hope for at least improvement with her balance issues.
Cat’s trike and my Honda Fury sold. Custom chopper has not so I brought it back home. I”ll ride it now and then, sometimes with Cat as a passenger. Would love to sell it – and thinking of giving it to someone I respect a lot…..
Tomorrow inventory of what’s left in my stock. Did some shop cleaning this morning but NO production!
More very soon…….
Jim

Jewell’s

Good Morning! It’s a bright sunny but windy Sunday morning here in New Mexico. Chilly night but nice day. I would be in the shop today but taking the day to help Cat in her studio. She has helped me so much in the past and now it’s my turn.
Several of my stock items are gone – I will not be making any more weaving tools or looms. Such a new thing for me – Nothing to make – don’t have a thousand looms in-progress. Am packing and mailing LOTS of orders for dealers – some remarkably large.
You see above an example of what Jewell in Michigan wove. It’s a beautiful piece and it’s obvious that she loves making beautiful things. How’s that for someone almost 80?
I’ll be posting my Going Out of Business Sale notice very soon. I’ve loved sharing my abilities for the past 25 years with so many many weavers, spinners, and other fiber artists. I hope that every tool and loom and drop spindle has been loved and used. I cannot continue……………
Fondly, Jim

Leigh’s Towels

Here are towels that Leigh made using one of my mini-warping reels to measure the warp. Aren’t they neat or what! It’s wonderful to see the results of weavers using my tools. I hope that everyone who has any of my work has great successes as well.
Jim