Cat’s Claws

Recently I ran across a rather large box of Macassar Ebony in strips about 1/4″ x 1-1/4″ x 4″-8″. I had purchased these pieces on ebay about 16 years or so ago – and promptly forgot about them. When I rediscovered them in my wood storage a new purpose came to mind. They seemed to be ideal for a tapestry beater – and here it is. Cat helped design the beater, cut all of the teeth, and helped with the finishing. I’m so proud of Cat AND this new tool and just know that my customers will really enjoy using them weaving. I named them “Cat’s Claws” as my Cat is so involved in development and design, as well as production. Her name being “Cat”, cat’s having claws, and the business end of the beater resembling cat claws – well, the name just seemed to fit in my feeble old mind. The tool name is 100% how I describe, nothing else. Write me if you’re interested.  The images of the beaters doesn’t do the black color well.  There are 226 in this run and such variety of size and fit!  Cat’s picked out hers already….  See – she gets first pick of everything I make!  Included is an image of her cutting teeth on some BEM kit loom beaters…
We’ve been riding some – limited due to the terrible winds we’ve had. A recent ride to Truth or Consequences was great fun – discovering a local restaurant – Johnnie B’s. We love finding local places to eat when we travel! We just don’t do a lot of that any more since retiring from shows in ’14. Miss all the wonderful visitors to my booth, but sure don’t miss all the work involved in preparation, operation, and the return trip. I’m too old for that.  We even took time to drive to Albuquerque yesterday to see “The Revenant” in the theatre.  Blown away by this really tough and emotional movie.  We had purchased the DVD, but wanted the big screen experience first.
Back to the shop for my rather rough hands doing “stuff” in the shop.  Today I’m sanding a boatload of little beaters.IMG_4693 IMG_4694 IMG_4696
Jim

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Gimmie A Red Corvette

IMG_4690Cat and I swear. Last November we bought a new 2016 RED Corvette. As we were leaving the dealer parking lot, I turned on XM radio and Prince’s “Gimmie A Red Corvette” came on to play! Honestly! For real! Today I am sad that this profoundly talented music artist is gone. I’m an old guy, but sure do love much of his music…. The good ones are going too young.  Ah, the DO WOP of the ’50’s.  I love telling our children, when a “Golden Oldie” comes on, that I remember when it was new!
Jim

Maple Inkle

DSCN2225Cat was reorganizing some of her studio cabinets and discovered a Maple Inkle loom that I had made her and she never used. Won’t either. It’s 28″ from front to rear of base, 9-1/4″ high and the pegs are 5″ long. The handle for the tensioner is an old stainless steel door knob. Never used. Anyone interested?

Today finished a run of 427 Tiny Barb Beaters.  Will try to get a photo up in the next day or so.  Cat helped an extreme bunch – cutting all  the teeth, marking handle shapes, drilling the holes, and finishing!  I’d be lost without her!  I’m so proud of her in every respect.  Will probably do a very large run of Nottles next.  They are hollow turned vessels of wood with cork stoppered lids – also woods.  Almost all will be exotic woods, but some domestic perhaps.  SO many people and shops have asked for them.  Also have my pricing label gun with labels.  Anyone need one?  Also discovered two 24″ and three 36″ “windmill” type skein winders – the kind you clamp to a table edge.  They will go to someone, too.  Would rather they go all together.  427?  One of my favorite numbers of the past – when I really followed racing and Ford especially for their 427.  One of my first cars was a ’62 Ford 2-door hardtop Galaxie with a high performance 390 and three-two’s.  Super powerful.  Also had a ’68 Mustang California Special with a 390 and 4bbl/4-speed.  Ultra fantastic to drive.  I hope that everyone has special fun memories like that……  Two wheelers?  My first was a ’59 Cushman Super Eagle and an 8-hp engine.  Lots of chrome and so fun for an 11 year old……

The “Fallout Shelter” – finished goods storage building and packing station – is sure coming together.  Thinking about putting a small A/C in it – at least some ventilation.  It’s nice to get better organized.  We’re riding a bit more – it’s so incredible to have the wind in our faces.  Wait, I have a full-face helmet…..  My Big Dog (sorta) is getting treatment for an oil leak and new DOMESTIC master cylinders for the clutch and front brake.  These will not ever fail…  The Honda is such a joy too.  Cat’s trike is fantastic good.  We’re looking at a sort of automatic transmission – really a special clutch that you shift with a push of a button.  It’d sure be better for her small hands trying to activate the clutch lever and shift up and down.  I’m probably not ready for one, though.   My hands are a bit larger and not such a hassle to grip the levers.

Blessings to all  this wonderful Spring day!
Jim