Another Road

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Here is a photo of a very special bowl that I made a few years ago.  The wood is a specimen of Spalted Sycamore.  The “wound” or natural cavity in the side was healed with sutures of a fine copper wire.  The result was really neat.  During a show a lady purchased this and another bowl to display on her credenza in her office.  It made me very proud.  I hope to get in a couple of weeks turning special bowls in a few months or so.  Four wood lathes continue to call to me!

I’m starting another road to recovery following my second shoulder surgery July 11.  The procedure went well though the Doc reported that the damage was much worse than with the left.  So, a larger prescription of Percocet has helped me thru the last week.  Today I hope to wean off of that drug and am settling for Extra Strength Tylenol.  I don’t enjoy having to take prescription drugs but understand the necessity to help the healing process.  I do understand the need for such medication.  During the past few days I’ve packed quite a number of orders ONE-HANDED – with Cat’s help to finish and mail.  She’s a dear!  Today I’m setting up about a dozen boxes of tools for a dealer visiting tomorrow from the Midwest to shop for her store.  I feel so fortunate to have Dr. Franco of NM Orthopaedics to care for my shoulder making so much possible!

I so look forward to getting back to the shop in about 5 weeks or so.  It all depends on how my shoulder is doing.  SO many things are in my plan to produce – some in preparation for my only show of the year – Kid ‘N Ewe in Boerne, Texas November 7-9.  I’m not committed to any show next year yet.  While I have packed orders, it tires me greatly, even small ones.

Today is sorta sad for me not being in Providence, RI at HGA’s Convergence 2014 for the last day of their show.  My physical challenges of this year have prevented me from doing many things I had wanted.  Visiting with so many friends and customers at Convergence is a two-year highlight for me normally.  Now, I’ll just look forward to 2016 and attending this most special event wherever it may be.  Rebecca Mezoff represented me so honorably this year with her tapestry study using my little looms.  I am significantly honored to be associated with this profoundly neat Tapestry Artist!

Right now I’d normally head to the shop, but not this time.  Soon.

Jim

Help!

In my earlier post I had intended to make another announcement. My son, James of San Antonio, Texas, is now helping me with some small part turning, shaping & sanding of some small parts, and finishing of those pieces. Up until this point absolutely everything I offered was the product of my hands alone, save the finishing help from Sally Rogers here in Magdalena. James is a very proficient woodworker and will add greatly to my ability to keep up with demand. Right now I have a good stock of just about everything. He will not be selling directly, so be assured that I’ll not present anything that’s not perfect and as good or better than I’ve ever offered. He has several boxes of parts to do – I send preforms or blanks ready to work.

I’m so proud of James and the quality of his work. So, now the work I present to customers will STILL be only the product of “Jim Hokett”. I’m gonna hold on as long as I can with this life of woodworking which brings me such joy.

Jim

Hand Loom Kits and Lists

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I’ve been selling these loom kits for a number of years to dealers and at shows. They have been very popular. Due to demand, and because I’m having to greatly reduce the number of shows I do, I’m now adding them to my price list. The examples here are Bird’s Eye and Curly Maple from the UP of Michigan. Kits also may contain other domestic woods and perhaps some exotics. The contents include:

Regular size Loom
Little Beater
Tiny Stick Shuttle
Needlestick
Carpet warp for a couple of projects
Skewer
Basic instructions.

This kit is what Rebecca Mezoff, a refined tapestry weaver in Santa Fe, is using in her Tapestry workshop at HGA’s “Convergence” in Providence, RI this month!

My new price list is now available. It was necessary to make some major changes on the business side. For the first time in my life I’ve had situations where I was severely financially assaulted by people who appeared to be honorable and honest. They were not. This has saddened me very deeply. To have lost that boundless degree of trust in any fiber person will take a toll on me forever. I am even considering closing my business as a result. To lose what I have is having a severe affect on my financial security. I’m very sad.

Tomorrow we leave for Albuquerque in preparation for major surgery to repair and rebuild my right shoulder. I’m in such wonderful hands of care from the surgeon to my wife, Cat. I’ll still be able to process orders with the continuing able aid of Cat. She’s such a marvelous person!

Jim