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Glowing Helper

I so deeply appreciate the very active assistance of my wife, Cat, in my shop all of every morning, sometimes extending to the late afternoon. She is such a wonderful partner – her very important help is making it possible for me to make gains on the monumental stack of tools I so need to produce. Her efforts are wonderful! Here is a photo of her on a recent very cold snowy morning sanding needlesticks on one of the Powermatic sanders. Her touch is so gentle and the results are as good as I do. Yes, that’s saying something. Jericho continues to give such marvelous effort doing virtually all of the finishing and dived right into the sanding to help produce the tools that I offer. My old damaged hands cut and touch every tool that comes out of my shop. But, without the very capable help of these two ladies I’d honestly just close shop.
Today Cat started something new that she’s never done before. I”m in the process of making a large run of my mini-squirrel cage winders. One of the most important and time consuming tasks in that effort is cutting the threads on the 1/4″ brass rod to secure and support the cages. She listened to me describe all of the steps and “volunteered” to try to do the threading. Late morning today we set up everything, I demonstrated, and she learned so quickly and did so well! There is no measure in my shop of who does something quickest – the best measure is simply “is it right”. She does it right! I’m so proud of her for so many things – especially her willingness to attempt such daunting tasks and her support of my efforts. We each would do anything for the other.
I’ve ordered the Danish plywood to make the cages – I have the dowels, and will pick up the DOMESTIC woods to make the stand at World of Wood in Albuquerque – Jake Jacobsen and his staff are such marvelous “woodies”.
Working on a new price list – and there will be a number of prices raising. I’ll apologize in advance, but there is not a way I can avoid this. When it’s produced I’ll announce right here – and it will be prospective, or effective at least a couple of weeks after. I’ll honor current prices for orders received before the effective date of the new list.
Tomorrow I’ll be cutting much exotics to length for 6-dent original looms, and both 7″ and 12″ tiny shed sticks. Well, will surely cut them to dimension as well. I have a large cache of pieces at dimension waiting for machining and sanding. Works for me. Thanks to everyone who has supported me so well for so long…..
Jim

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