Spiders!

FINALLY! The run of 60 spiders in 6 sizes is finally DONE! We’ve had two of the bowling ball size in the front garden and two on exterior walls of the new garage and old Bike House for a few years. Have been wanting to do another large run in several more sizes for awhile. Took me long enough…….  Now, time to do a special project for a dear old friend then for certain cranking up the new very large wood lathe.  Have not been spending a lot of time in the shop due to health issues. Hopefully things will improve.  The hearing aids permit me to actually hear things!
The ’41 Ford pickup build completion is getting closer……..
Jim

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Sheila’s Tapestry

Here is a remarkable tapestry by a friend – Sheila. She’s studying with Rebecca Mezoff who reports that this image from Sheila is quite good! I LOVE it too and hope that you enjoy it a Lot!  I’m very very proud of Sheila – her talent is remarkable!
Sheila and her husband (Bob) shopped with me for weaving tools when I was going out of business. He put me in touch with Stephen of Green Monkey Coachworks in Santa Fe – he’s building our ’41 Ford Fl-1 pickup. The truck is almost complete – satisfying a lifelong dream of mine. It’s my favorite body style in a motor vehicle of all those in history…..
Cat continues to organize her quitting weaving sale…….. I’ll post about that when it’s ready.

Last week I sent one of my “Little Chairs” to Ken and Suz Lewis in Michigan.  They will be Grandparents for the first time soon and I wanted to share a chair for their coming miracle!  I’ve known Ken longer than anyone except for Glenn.  Ken and I fished innumerable times in Alaska.  I have as much respect for Ken and Suz as anyone I’ve ever known…
I continue to have some challenging physical issues and am able to spend such a small amount of time in the shop. That time has been working on the welded spiders! About 50 of the 60 run are DONE – the others when I can get time to finish. I should post very soon with photos.
Hang in there.

Jim

David & Daniel

Last summer David and Daniel, Great Nephews of mine, visited us here in Magdalena. Reconnecting with them was grand – and wish we could stay in contact. These photos are by Daniel – a major league super photographer. I’m so proud of them both.
8 of my 20 years in the USAF was in photography, especially during two years in Vietnam. It’s stunning to see the advances in photography since 1964………….. I now have a nice digital camera and a few lenses. Perhaps since I actually retired memorializing scenes my eyes see as important might reenter my activities. After leaving Vietnam in 1970 from my second year there – my hands did not touch another camera for decades…………………  Guess why……

Jim

Georgianna Student Samples

Georgianna lives in Idaho and fosters programs to introduce people, young and not so young, to weaving. I had shared a number of looms and tools with her to use in those programs last year. Here is a couple of samples done by her students! Isn’t it wonderful to have such people help others to learn weaving or what! The world is full of terrific people – just look and they are right there.
Still not and will not get back to tool making. Still working on my large run of welded spiders – and they are nearing completion. I’ll post when they are complete.
Also is a photo of me taken by Great Nephew Daniel last summer when he came with his brother David to pick up the chopper I gave him. B&W – Daniel is a remarkable photographer! Look him up in the Houston area, especially if you need a high quality photographer for weddings.  Two very neat young men.
Started wearing hearing aids just yesterday. We’ve been aware for awhile they were needed. Am ready to learn to embrace being able to hear again…. Getting old is not for sissies – too much time in noisy environments and did not wear hearing protection in the shop till damage was done…..

Later

Jim

Great Grandboy @4 Months

How is this for a very happy neat Great Grandson!  23#!  Cat and I are so very proud!
Had a bad fall today when we were in Albuquerque. Left big toe at least badly sprained along with some bumps, bruises, and abrasions. So happy it was not worse, but then when you turn 112 stuff happens. That’s how old I feel sometimes. Still welding spider leg pieces together. It’s very great fun! All the large ones are ready for their faces – soon to come.
Sure am enjoying retirement!  Gonna kick back tomorrow and hope the toe heals some.

Jim

Idaho Art

image1 (9)I still have not made any weaving stuff except for Cat’s boat shuttle. Did run across some leftover tools and looms recently and decided to share them with a very fine friend in Idaho – Georgianna. She had been a very good customer for a number of years. She teaches outreach for weaving to kids and old folks mostly. So, it seemed appropriate to send her all those ‘found’ items! Since I spent 5 years in Idaho with the USAF, she responded with a number of “Idaho” items. One fave was an Idaho motorcycle license plate! It’s already hanged in the old Bike House. The photo is an example of Georgianna’s outreach. I still get such a kick out of feedback from the use of my weaving tools and looms……
Working on the spiders – today welded more leg pieces for the version that uses old bowling balls for the bodies…… I’m having FUN!
Jim

Tiles

Cat and I constructed, painted, and mounted a couple of hundred wooden tiles to fit two spaces. We especially wanted a good place to hang a HUGE and heavy ceramic sun we acquired several years ago. Cat has an enormous collection of suns and moons – it’s incredible to see the variety and materials of so many around our living room walls. These tiles add to that display. And, added one of Pepper laying in the sun on the floor…..
Not doing a lot – but am working now and then on a very large run of steel spiders. Great fun working with metals…. Wood too, just not in that mode right now.
We have been dealing with lots of snow and very very cold lately…. Fun to look at and only shoveled enough to get off the front deck and a “path” for our little Pepper Dog….
Later, Jim