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……………….