IWC 2013

ImageHere is a corner of my booth in Durango.  The show is always wonderful – especially t his year!  The rains came most days – including about 20 minutes while we were loading out….  No problem – for they need rain too.  All of the restaurants we visited were great fun.  The facilities were remarkable!  And, the organization by the volunteers who put on the Intermountain Weaver’s Conference have made this venue/event a vendor’s dream!  Thanks to them All!

 

ImageHere are two of my Foot Powered Skein Winders.  The one on the right sold to a Very happy customer.  She’s gonna have her hubby “surprise” her with it…  The inlaid turquoise in the Spalted Pecan from Texas surely compliments the nice Walnut from Iowa.  I love working with domestic woods – though great specimens are a challenge to locate.  I also sold all of the  Squirrel Cage Skein Winders I took – such a great substitute for umbrella swifts.

ImageHere is a nice group of my Treen Ware – what I call “Nottles” – or “needle bottles.  They are super fun to turn – and I’m so proud that the Harwood Museum in Taos has carried them for awhile in their gift shop.

Many customers at this show just glowed looking at the tools and equipment I took to display.  Such events are why I do the things I do for weavers, spinners, and other fiber artists.  I plan a major bowl run very soon…..

Jim

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Special Bench

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ImageI sometimes make very special tools and equipment on commission.  Give me an idea and application, and you might be surprised at what will result!  This bench is an example of that connection.  Bethe, a friend from Santa Fe, asked me to make her a very special bench for use at her favorite loom.  She gave me the dimensions and I gave her options on Very special boards for the top.  Bethe also asked for two hand holes, a feature I developed about 9 years ago, as the width (46″), depth (14″), and  height (24″) would make it rather imposing to move alone.  This is not her first bench of mine – her first was a very special one of Bloodwood – with a high gloss finish.  She chose this board of a remarkable Bird’s Eye Maple I acquired from a favorite supplier in the Michigan UP.  I had been saving it for a few years – for a special purpose.  It worked.  The inlaid turquoise in the knothole is a special feature I use occasionally.  The trim around the top and stretchers are of a fine board of Bloodwood.  The legs and skirt are a very fine figured Bubinga – also having been saved for a very special purpose.  Bethe was not disappointed.

Soon to come is a commissioned table from the example of a remarkable Redwood Burl slab I posted awhile back.  Today I did the inlay of crushed turquoise into the voids of bark inclusions.  This will be another example of an exceptional piece – and I guarantee that the customer will not be disappointed, either.  Photos to follow when complete.

Tomorrow I finish loading everything for our show in Durango – the Intermountain Weaver’s Conference.  I just love this event!

Jim

 

Boat Shuttles

ImageImageHere are some of the blanks for 12″ (5″ Schacht bobbin) and 15″ (6″ Schacht bobbin) boat shuttles that I’ve been working on yesterday and today.  There are many many different woods in these bundles – and each will reveal such beauty when completed.  A number of years ago I was making boat shuttles in front of my garage shop when we lived in San Antonio, Texas.  A neighbor’s back door was within steps of where I was working – and the older gentleman often would stop and visit as well as just watch.  He was so intrigued by what I was always doing.  After a few minutes he asked:  “what are you making –  they look like little boats”!  What a neat moment!  After explaining what they were, he just smiled.

I do these woods and metals simply because it brings me great joy, especially when I have so many visitors at each show buying product and talking about past purchases they’ve made from me.  I really look forward to the Intermountain Weaver’s Conference in Durango later this month.  You can see what they have at:  http://www.intermountainweavers.org/  .  The conference is July 25-28.  Durango is such a marvelous place to visit!  Ah, and the cobbler and BBQ at “Serious Texas BBQ”!  Hope to see  you there.

Jim

Results of July 5, 2013

ImageHere is a run of about 90 each 1-1/8″ x 10″ stick shuttles.  A customer at the Albuquerque Convergence in 2010 ordered this special size for a class and picked them up the first morning.  Since, they’ve became a very popular version.  As always these are in a variety of exotic woods.

ImageThis photo is of a run of 278 Nalbinding needles – used for Viking style knitting.  As I understand it’s the earliest version of knitting.  I first made these for Tracy of “The Lacemaker” in Courtland, Ohio.  She’s an expert!  The needles are a challenge to produce due to their size – only about 2-1/4″ long.  It’s much easier to make the flat tapestry needles I produce – they’re 5-1/4″.  The are perhaps 60 different woods in this run of neat tools.

Soon I’ll be working on a huge run of my boat shuttles – these are based on the Schacht 4″, 5″, & 6″ bobbins.  I’ve been saving extremely special woods for the work.  It’s such a joy to see just how the group looks when I’m complete!

 

 

 

Tables & Benches

ImageI often make tables and benches for use by not only weavers, spinners, other fiber artists, but for useful objects for just about anyone!  Here is a recently acquired slab of a Redwood Burl – about 2″ thick and roughly 18″ x 24″.  I plan on making an occasional table from this example of “Character Wood”.  The voids will be filled with fine clear epoxy with chunks of turquoise placed in the mix.  I’m unsettled as to the legs – may even be metal!  Goodness but I have fun!

ImageThis very neat board is quite nice Spalted pecan I acquired in San Antonio recently.  It’s 7/8″ thick and about 14″ wide.  This entire board, about 9′ long, will become several weaving benches.  I just love the spalting and grain patterns here.

ImageHere is my most powerful supporter – the love of a lifetime – my wife Cat Brysch.  She’s the owner of Cat Brysch Creations Studio and provides so much input to me on selection of woods, designs, function, and planning.  She’s weaving her “Desert Nights” fabric on a Macomber loom – one of 8 Macombers in her very busy studio.  The warp is 70 yards long!  Several customers in Malaysia have commissioned her to produce very special fabrics, each several yards long.  I’m so proud of her!  Her influence is in everything I produce.

Who knows what might come out of my workshop here soon!

Jim