Pens and Navajo’s

ImageHere is a photo of a run of pens I started this morning – there will be 50 total.  I’ve resisted doing firearm related pens for a very long time, but these seem so impressive! They are spent .50 caliber cartridges!  The first will be a gift for my longest term friend, Glenn, here on the eve of his retirement.  I’m so proud of him and the work he’s done for his entire life – it’s time now for fun and feeding the soul.  I’m blessed to have enjoyed his friendship since about 1956.  Now, a wonderful lady, Sue, is in his life and has brought so much peace, calm, and fun into their lives.  Cat and I really do care about these very dear friends.

In the past few days I’ve also completed two other huge runs.  One of these is another set of Navajo Spindles for The Woolery – Chris had asked me to make these pieces to offer in their store.  I will not sell these directly.  I also did a very large run of Navajo Forks.  The Woolery and other dealers carry these very useful tools.

One fun thing is setting up our new flatbed trailer.  It’s a 7′ x 10′ with a drive-on ramp gate, removable rails, tandem axles, and brakes.  It’ll be perfect to carry our bikes around on very long trips if we want.  I’ll be selling the 7′ x 18′ tandem axle flatbed trailer soon as I won’t need it anymore.

Monday I meet with my shoulder surgeon to review the MRI of the newly damaged one and hopefully set a date for surgery very soon!  I’m so ready to have this done!

Last week we thoroughly enjoyed a visit from our oldest son, James, and his wife Digna and son Issac (our ONLY grandchild).  They surprised us on Sunday – we haven’t seen Digna and Issac in three years – they had been in Honduras for that time.  I know that all grandchildren are the smartest, kindest, and most capable of all children, but in our case – it’s True!  What a wonderful visit.

Off now for lunch, a nap, and return to the shop.  I’ll be in touch next week with another view.

Jim

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June Jumble

ImageHere is a photo of much of my booth at Kid ‘N Ewe last November ’13.  A terrific variety of my product will be shown by Mary Berry of Fancy Fibers Farm at the Yellow Rose of Texas Fiber show in Seguin THIS WEEKEND!  Mary is a terrific representative of my work and has been very active in presenting offerings of my work around Texas.  Please make a special effort to go and visit the show and Mary’s booth in particular.  You’ll Not be disappointed.  Take a look at the show website here:   http://www.yellowrosefiberproducers.com/  .  The show runs from Friday June 6 thru Sunday June 8.  This could be the only chance you can see my work this year down there.  

Yesterday I met with my shoulder surgeon about my injured RIGHT shoulder this time.  An MRI will come this week for detail and confirmation, but the X-Rays indicate that the rotator cuff is torn, calcification on one major area, and several bone spurs that have been causing much discomfort.  He suggested that it’ll need to be surgically repaired this calendar year.  My goal is to either do it very soon or December so that I could attend Kid ‘N Ewe, but there is a chance that it will interfere with my intentions…..  I continue to be in a lot of discomfort, so some therapy and modified use of the arm will keep farther damage from occurring.  I had experienced problems with that shoulder for several years, but Nothing like since the injury May 9 when the bike fell towards me.

We had the most incredible surprise Sunday afternoon.  I heard a knock on the door – and when I looked there was our Only grandchild – Issac!  His Mom and Dad were parking their van.  See, Issac and Digna have been in Honduras for the past THREE years – and we had not been able to see them for all of that time except thru phone calls and photos.  What a remarkable event to have them back again.  They all came with us yesterday for the medical day in Albuquerque.  Thank God for their safe long journey.  Should I make it to KNE, they’ll be right there helping as I hope will be Christie and others.

Our daughter Ann has landed in her new home in the Deep South.  Today brings a major interview and we have all the confidence on earth in her coming success.  It’s a tragedy what events had taken her on this long journey, but she’s safe now.  Blessings be with her.

Yesterday I also received a large package of kits.  One was 100 kits to make more seam rippers!  The Woolery (http://www.woolery.com/store/pc/showsearchresults.asp?pageStyle=H&resultCnt=450&keyword=hokett) will be carrying them very soon.  Two other of my items will be added as well – the Floating Sue selvedge weights and Navajo Spindles.  They have a nice variety of my work.  I had not made Navajo Spindles for a few years, and The Woolery will  now be the only source for them – I will not sell direct.  The other item in the shipment included a 50 count package of pen kits using 50 caliber cartridges!  I believe that these pens will really be neat and popular.

Now, off to an MRI and on the road to fixing my bum shoulder.

Jim