Truck Crash with Happiness

Yesterday was an experience. Very long story avoided, but I crashed into a very large Mule Deer early yesterday morning on the way to Albuquerque for a planned very “large” day of errands. State Cop, tow truck, radically changed plans. But, we both feel so fortunate that it was not much worse! Neither of us were injured, the truck was badly damaged, but we encountered so many kindnesses the entire day! Every encounter we had the whole day revealed such care and support at every turn. NO photos now but might of the truck….
Today I continue my fruitless effort to “catch up”. So many commitments, so many “things to do” in the shop. So, off I go to “work”, cheerful and so thankful that things are good in our lives.
Jim

More Looms and Rides

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I’ve been bustling around my shop so intensely trying to catch up on production. While headway is being made I’m still “Busy”. Duh. Today I oiled 450 of my regular size looms for special orders. Also I organized about 1200 of the Bird’s Eye Maple loom kit tools to get ready to assemble the kits. Two days ago I finished a giant run (over 300) of my Tiny size loom and another 200 exotic regular looms. I’m blessed that the looms, all 4 sizes, have been so popular. It’s great fun making them, too.
Rebecca Mezoff is representing some of my looms and tools. She has a very special exotic wood regular loom kit that only she sells – take a look at her website and see what might be going on. Go to: http://www.rebeccamezoff.com and look into her world. Rebecca is a wonderful tapestry artist and teacher. The Providence Convergence last year was the site for a workshop she led using my BEM loom kits – very successful. Just recently she did the same thing at the Michigan event. I’m really proud of her and how she shows her work, especially using my tools and looms.
Rides. You see in the photos above that Cat and I got out this past week – riding to Datil and having lunch at the wonderful restaurant there! We stopped on the way home on the St Augustine Plains near the Very Large Array – radio astronomy site – for a rest and photos. The VLA is where Jodi Foster starred in the movie “Contact”. Just yesterday we rode to Artesia for lunch at La Fonda! We LOVE visiting there and I especially enjoy experiencing the Southwest Combo. They are closed on Saturdays, but any trip from anywhere is worth the effort to eat there. I grew up in Artesia and am rather familiar with the area. That Artesia trip was a bit over 460 miles. Our bikes performed wonderfully though I had to wake up my seating now and then… A few showers dampened us, not soaked, and the cloud cover helped keep us cooler. Cat had suggested I buy a long sleeved white shirt to help keep cool for summer rides – so I got one from Duluth. Worked perfectly! We had fun talking to each other on the helmet communication devices (Scala) that Cat treated us to. We will ride a lot, but we work in our spaces much harder. Tomorrow I will still work most of the day – just because I love it!
See you on the road or where?
Jim

Benches Now

I’ve been away for awhile – far far too busy with so much.  This is the first of several to come soon.

I have the benches described below available now – and will not be keeping stock of them any more.  Custom orders will prevail after these are gone.  Having retired from doing shows completely, I’m focused on trying to keep stock of the remaining items in my price list.  I’m doing ok, but constantly in hyper-production mode.  My Big Dog bike is back home though a couple of issues remain waiting for parts – I’m riding it!  With this bike being in the shop so much, I couldn’t ride.  Well, till recently, anyway, as I bought an ’11 Honda Fury!  It’s extremely similar looking to my Big Dog – color, general lines, pipes, and so on.  It’s such a dream to ride, but I still SO prefer my ‘Dog.  Cat and I have been out a LOT!

So, here are the benches.  If you’re interested, let me know.  Thanks for looking!   Jim

401. Satinwood (Yellowheart) top, skirt, stretchers, & legs. 11-1/4 x 18 x 18-1/8.
411. Mahogany top, Oregon Myrtle skirt, Poplar stretchers, Satinwood legs. 10-3/4” x 18-1/16” x 13-15/16”.
414. Maple top, East India Rosewood skirt, Poplar stretchers, Mahogany legs. 11-1/8” x 18-1/16” x 13-11/16”.
415. Bubinga top, Huayruro skirt, Poplar stretchers, Figured Bubinga legs. 11-3/16” x 17-15/16” x 13-1/16”.
416. Ambrosia Maple top, Redheart skirt, Poplar stretchers, Leopardwood legs. 11-1/16” x 18-1/16” x 14-1/8”.
417. Ambrosia Maple top, Pine skirt, Poplar stretchers, Mahogany legs. 11-1/16” x 18” x 13-13/16”.
421. Figured Bubinga top, Zebrawood skirt, Poplar stretchers, Alder legs. 11-1/8” x 18” x 17-7/8”.
432. Figured Claro Walnut top, Claro Walnut skirt, Bloodwood stretchers, European Pear legs. 11-1/16” x 18” x 17-13/16”.
438. Figured Bubinga top, Figured Bubinga skirt, Bloodwood stretchers, Wenge legs. 11-1/16” x 18” x 18”.
442. Cherry top, Bird’s Eye Maple skirt, Poplar stretchers, Walnut legs. 11” x 18” x 18”.
443. Bloodwood top, Bird’s Eye Maple skirt, 1/2” square steel stretchers, Purpleheart legs. 12” x 18” x 18”.
444. Bloodwood top, Mahogany skirt, Poplar stretchers, Sugar Pine legs. 12” x 18” x 18”.
446. African Pear top, Bird’s Eye Maple skirt, 1/2” square steel stretchers, Walnut legs. 12” x 18” x 18”.
447. Spalted Pecan top, African Rosewood skirt, 1/2” square steel stretchers, Padauk legs. 11” x 18” x 18”.
448. Bird’s Eye Maple top, Bird’s Eye Maple skirt, 1/2” square steel stretchers, Padauk legs. 11-1/2” x 18” x 18”.
449. Wenge top, African Pear skirt, 1/2” square steel stretchers, Walnut legs. 11-3/16” x 18-1/16” x 18”.
451. Bloodwood top, African Rosewood skirt, 1/2” square steel stretchers, Sapelle (Mahogany) legs. 12” x 18” x 18”.
452. Goncolo Alves top, Mahogany skirt, 1/2” square steel stretchers, Mahogany legs. 12” x 18” x 15”.
453. Bloodwood top, Bird’s Eye Maple skirt, Poplar stretchers, Cherry legs. 12” x 18” x 18”.
456. Goncolo Alves top, Bird’s Eye Maple skirt, Poplar stretchers, Sugar Pine legs. 12” x 17-7/8” x 18”.
457. Padauk top, Bird’s Eye Maple skirt, Poplar stretchers, Sugar Pine legs. 11-15/16” x 18-1/16” x 18”.
458. Padauk top, African Rosewood skirt, Poplar stretchers, Padauk legs. 12” x 17-15/16” x 18”.
459. African Pear top, African Rosewood skirt, 1/2” square steel stretchers, Padauk legs. 12” x 18” x 18”.
461. Quilted Maple top, Mahogany skirt, 1/2” square steel stretchers, Ambrosia Maple legs. 12” x 17-15/16” x 18”.
462. Bubinga top, Bird’s Eye Maple skirt, Poplar stretchers, Padauk legs. 11-3/4” x 18” x 18”.
465. Cherry top, Bird’s Eye Maple skirt, 1/2” square steel stretchers, Cherry legs. 11” x 18” x 18”.
468. Cherry top, Bird’s Eye Maple skirt, Poplar stretchers, Purpleheart legs. 11” x 18” x 18”.
470. Claro Walnut top, Bird’s Eye Maple skirt, Copper Pipe stretchers, Bocote legs. 11-15/16” x 18” x 18”.
471. Claro Walnut top, African Rosewood skirt, Copper Pipe stretchers, Figured Bubinga legs. 11-1/8” x 18” x 18”.
472. Bloodwood top, Bird’s Eye Maple skirt, Copper Pipe stretchers, Bloodwood legs. 12” x 18” x 18”.
473. Wenge top, African Pear skirt, Poplar stretchers, Cherry legs. 11-3/4” x 18” x 18”.
475. Remarkable African Olive top, Mesquite skirt, Copper stretchers, Bocote legs. 11” x 18” x 18”.