Help and Better

Notion Box 7

This notion  box, sold at a SOAR event I attended at Lake Tahoe, CA several years ago is an indication of the types of things I’m about to start again.  The lady visited several times to see this remarkable Spalted Maple and Bloodwood specimen – finally picking it up and saying that she deserved it at her 80+ years.  She added that it was the first really nice thing she had indulged herself with in her life.  I was so very honored!  I’ll be doing such detailed fine work now as my son James is doing a lot of tools for me now!  He has in his queue the following:

Tiny stick shuttles, nottle bodies and lids, Sam’s Seam Tool, little beaters, needlecases, double shed sticks (7″), tiny shed sticks w/slot, cigar pens, click pens, slim pens, seam rippers, needlesticks, flat tapestry needles, and round needles.  There will be more.

James is a fine craftsman with skills as good as mine.  His standard of quality is comparable as well!  He will not sell directly, and every piece he does will be finished and inspected/approved by me personally, without exception.  I’m very proud of his work and hope that he’ll continue, perhaps even stepping into Hokett Would Work on a full-time basis someday.  

So yes, I will have time to do more work.  It’s been quite awhile since I did a nice run of fine boxes – I’ve been totally sold out for about a year.  Nothing will be offered that’s not perfect.  My shoulder is much better and I’m using it more every day.  Just today I spent about 5 hours there gathering  tool preforms for James and planning the future of his involvement.  My machine activity was minor – using the table saw to cut blanks for 100 needlecases.  The motion of my right arm is limited, so I’ll work into more involved actions as my shoulder permits WITHOUT jeopardizing recovery.  Having help like this is such a blessing for which I appreciate.  So yes, I have help and I’m most certainly better!  You should see the collection of exceptional woods I have waiting for my hands……………….


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This was an exceptionally fun  piece of metal art that I did on a commission basis when we lived in San Antonio.  My wife Cat did the drawing and scaling up – and I fabricated this 10 foot long running horse for a friend.  There were quite a number of pieces that made up the piece – all in 12 gauge steel sheet.  I was inspired to mount it set away from the brick wall about 12″.  At night it’s backlighted – and at the Christmas season the owner puts a stuffed Santa Claus on it.  It remains one of my favorite pieces.  The garage is set back from the side road in San Antonio and is visible thru several majestic oak trees.  I remain honored that Sue and Ross trusted me with  this project.

Personally, I’m running in place – time passing – waiting for recovery from my latest shoulder surgery.  It’s been 3 weeks today – and I’m still so affected by the procedure.  Cat helps me remain so careful of the shoulder – encouraging my patience.  I’m complying with her suggestions and the directions of Dr. Franco, but it’s so frustrating to be so idle for so long.  It’s about three more weeks till I meet with the Doctor again, but knowing the reward for such compliance is great.  I still have challenging pain, but not enough to go back to prescribed narcotics.  Extra Strength Tylenol and personal resolve will suffice.  I’ll soon be able to ride my custom chopper – and return to my shop too.  So many things waiting on my platter of activity.  I’d like to thank the Very Many friends and acquaintances for their support and encouragement during this time.  I’m rich with pride for that support.  Soon I’ll be back making lots of sawdust and creating fun tools, equipment, and so many other things. I continue to pack Very Many orders with Cat’s able help.  Just wait till you see what I have planned!

Next week we take Cat’s trike to Chuck for some more mods.  Later I’ll return my chopper for a few things, including the clutch and brake master cylinders that are STILL at the machinist for stainless sleeves after more than two months.  At least I haven’t been physically able to ride during this time.  Suggestion.  If anyone ever suggests rebuilding master cylinders, just buy new replacements instead.