Two New Tools

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ImageHere is a new tool as of today  – developed for a recognized Pueblo weaving teacher for her students.  It’s such a fun thing to make new things – especially when they’re for such a special purpose.

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Another new tool today is a bobbin lace holder developed for a customer recently.  I met her at the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta – her special request was another of those neat situations that always come from the shows.

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Also today I started a run of my rug shuttles.  They’re great tools for especially wider projects and  hold so much yarn.  I have 88 of them in this run in African Mahogany, Black Limba, and Sycamore.  I’ll finish this run tomorrow and on to something else fun!

Jim

Would Work Plays TOO

ImageHere is an example of what I’ll be spending time doing rather than making sawdust.  This ride is based on a 2004 Big Dog Chopper.  This photo shows the radical new rear fender and gas tank.  Tomorrow I’ll visit the builder to formalize several issues like custom leather gel seat, custom handlebars, custom exhaust pipes, custom front fender, and repositioning the foot controls.  Of course there are a number of other issues that’ll be addressed very soon.  My builder is Chuck Zettner – one of the most incredible motorcycle builders on the face of Mother Earth.  I’m so fortunate to have him doing my work!  This has been a dream of mine for what seems to be an eternity.

 

Sawdust related today, I developed and produced a brand new tool that I’ll post soon.  It’s what I’ll call a “Pueblo Belt Shuttle” – and as requested by a recognized Native American weaving teacher.  I’m honored.

 

So, Hokett Would Work sometimes also plays………

 

New Woods!

Today here in San Antonio I made major purchases of remarkable woods.  Alamo Hardwoods is World Class in the quality of their products – and especially the customer service of the owners.  I wish I had them in New Mexico – instead I sometimes call them for very special lumber stock – and they always overwhelm me with the service and quality!  Among these newly acquired woods include:

Narra (End-of-Warp shuttles plus)

Remarkable wide board Spalted Pecan (Great for benches with turquoise inlay)

Fantastic Curly Narra (12″ boat shuttles)

Spalted Bolivian Rosewood (box casework)

Pernambuco (12″ boat and End-of-Warp shuttles)

Mesquite (Fine notion boxes)

Spalted Chechen (Fine notion boxes)

 

Yes – I’ll be very careful handling the spalted woods.  I always use a respirator and dust collector – as well as changing clothes afterwards.  While spalted woods can result in spectacular visual examples in woods, they can be so very dangerous to work with.  Spalting is a fungus – would you want that in your humid dark environment lungs?  Not me.

 

I use Watco Danish Oil as the finish for just about everything I do with woods, but sometimes add a fine wax, polyurethane, varnish, lacquer, or shellac, among others.  The finish for every piece I complete is considered individually.  Each piece or tool I make is treated individually – even when I make big runs of some.  My friend Sally Rogers helps me with most of my finishing.  So, yes you’re very safe in handling all of my woods, spalted or not.

 

Surely looking forward to getting back home to work with these new woods!

Jim