Judy’s Tapestry

Here is a great example of a tapestry on one of my little looms by Judy Anderson of Goodlettsville Tennessee! Isn’t this neat or what! Judy is a friend from HGA in the past. I appreciate her sharing this really nice photo.
STILL working on organizing my shop after so long of ‘nuttin. I’m almost to the point of actually making things again. Again – for FUN only. Stuff coming up like delinquent dealers paying bills….. Who would have thought this in the fiber world? The old Ford pickup continues to advance in reassembly with all the new parts… Cant’ wait!
Rain is a blessing and we’ve really been blessed. The shop has now 4 new leaks. Gotta wait on our roofer who’s very busy. Plumbing issue yesterday – the air cooler froze up – the former plumber had incorrectly installed a pulley and it finally said WHOA! New one did justice and we’re cool-able again. Today is quite cool so no more today.
Heard from the oldest boy yesterday. Hard time finding a job in San Antonio. We sure miss the kids – all in their 40’s now. The Grandboy, Issac, is about to turn 14! Great school reports, grew 6″ in the past very few months and gained two shoe sizes this summer. He’s as tall as his Dad now!
Hang in there and enjoy life every moment, dear ones.

Jim

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Weaving Chile

Well, what Lori Adams in Florida did was unique. Being transplanted from Taos and a weaver, and a Huge fan of Hatch, NM green chile – this photo shows her dedication. Not just burgers and the like to add that wonderful roasted chile to – but how to use it as a weft on the little loom! How wonderful and thanks to Lori for sharing.
Still intensely setting up the shops anew – sold many pieces of equipment, gave some away, and pitched a few. The new large wood lathe is fully prepared to help me make new and wonderous things. The last time I did a large run of bowls was right before a show in College Station, Texas. I had the most wonderful variety and stunning quality bowls…. Even an examples of burls so remarkable…… Every one sold the first day – one lady bought 3 to use as a display in her office…. Not the first or last time that’s happened. Well, my “Bowl Room” is full of bowl blanks ready to move on to the next life. One, about 8 x 8 x 6 is of the most stunning example of Amboyna Burl in history, I believe…… It will not be the first to be reborn, but in the mix. A new set of wonderful wood lathe chisels will be part of the new creations…. Watch this blog….
Fall seems to be coming to our Mountains in New Mexico – the annual ‘monsoon’ is so nice. The desert is blooming again but some cactus gave up the ghost due to it being so dry for so long…. I’m ready! Cat and I painted the first coat of white on the walls of the new garage. In a few days the floor will be done too. It’ll have time to cure well before moving the Corvette back home. The ’41 Ford Pickup is being assembled with all the new parts. Nice stuff happening.
Health stuff surfacing. Several appointments are set and I’m ready for whatever. Getting an MRI of my brain. I just know it’s sure to come back negative………….

Hey, isn’t my beaded vulture by De’Andrea the neatest thing you ever saw or what!

Peace to everyone. I hope for good stuff all around.

Jim

Beaded Buzzard is Home and Free Tools

I cannot find the words to adequately say how much I appreciate the almost two-year effort of my dear friend De’Andrea in Texas for this BEADED piece! It is stunning beyond description – different light hits it and a whole new image of this fantastic piece of art comes alive. We met in a weaving tool sale – and our friendship developed. I have hundreds of buzzards, vultures, and condors in such a variety of mediums – artistic renditions abound in our office, home of all these so critically important creatures. I’ve admired them since I was a child – realizing the importance of their function in our world.  Thanks to my Cat for this photo!

I’ve considered a “Sky Burial” for my body when it’s my turn. Thank you, De’Andrea – for such a profoundly beautiful Most Very Favorite of all time!

On another note I discovered just a few of the Wooden Commemoratives that I did for HGA in Convergence 2012 in San Diego. The cone holder – so functional for holding cones or skeins of yarn to measure warp, wind bobbins, crochet or knit off of – is so good. The yarn comes off straight as it’s mounted on a 3″ Lazy Susan bearing. I’ve sold hundreds of these wonderful tools. The other tool is a two prong fringe twister – so very handy when you want twisted fringe on that very special shawl, stole, scarf, or whatever. I’ve sold thousands of these Very nice tools. I’ll send one of your choice of the two to the first ones to respond with their request and address till they are gone. No cost, just my best wishes to enjoy and use these very nice tools. It’s surprising to see what all I’ve been finding with the intense reorganization of all the buildings that supported my ittie bitti ‘bidness. It’s so nice to NOT have a job…

Monday my very large new wood lathe will be delivered. Many fine and some very large turned pieces will come alive soon. Tomorrow we take my metal lathe and cabinet to the artists building my ’41 Ford pickup. It’s part payment for his work – I never ever used it or even turned it on. Stephen is anxious to add this to is shop. We’ll return with all of the pieces that came off the original truck – happy to have the truck and trailer to do that safely. Someone will froth to get it all – all pure original for someone wanting to restore that era Ford. The engine was perfect. Just that I wanted a performance truck….
All good things to everyone!

Jim

Two Samples & Stuff

Good Morning, All. These photos are of samples that Lori in Florida shared with me. I’m still not making looms but the tapestry was done on one of mine. The placemat is so neat as well – who would want to disturb that image by putting plates on it?  Thank You, Lori, for sharing.
BTW – I’m loving not having a job. Still deeply involved in organizing my shop and made a couple of doodads for us. One was a small but very pretty box for Cat. The case is turquoise embellished Alligator Juniper and the top is nice Cocobolo. I’ll be getting into that theme soon. Still have much to do in general shop stuff.  HUGE wood lathe coming!  BIG Bowls!
Today I’m starting dedicating at least two hours a day most days organizing the remarkable genealogy documents that Kat has been doing for me. There are 4 large binders ready for my 4 Grandparents and back. I am profoundly thankful to Kat for all that she’s done to help me along with this study. The connection with my past is quite dear. One 5GGF was a Revolutionary War Patriot! So, our military participation in the defense of  and Creation of our Country is long. There have been very many in between.
Yesterday I received the most phenomenal piece of art from De’Andrea in Texas, a long term friend that came about from my business. De’Andrea discovered my affection for Vultures and Buzzards – and offered to do a beaded piece of one. I located a photo of one I liked and she use it as the focus of her Fantastic wall hanging! Once we hang it properly I’ll post photo(s) of this stunning piece, 23 months in the making. How can you repay such a dedicated and wonderful effort from a famous bead artist? I’m so thankful.  Just wait!
My chopper is with David in Dallas. He’s the most thankful young person and I was so proud to share it with him.
Gotta go – goodness to all!
Jim

Tools of Mine

Barb Gallagher of A Weaver’s Loft in Guilford, Indiana has purchased ALL of my remaining stock. She will be picking it up the weekend after the Fourth and returning home but she has tools of mine now. This was an EXTREMELY significant transaction. I hope that you’ll contact her if you’re interested in my tools and equipment. I have absolutely nothing left. Barb’s email is: barb@weaversloft.com and her URL is: weaversloft.com.
I’m still reconfiguring my shops and have not made anything for weeks. Well, today I welded a steel shelf for the new garage housing the car. The ’41 ‘house’ got a new garage door and floor finished today….. The old stereo sounds fantastic, especially the 60’s rock and roll at a very high volume in the wood shop… Though, you can hear it from a long way away……
Jim

Who Let The Dog Out?

Cat and I have had the most incredible three days! Our guests left earlier this morning taking some “Family” things we shared with them. Our most wonderful guests were our great nephew David Dean and his friend Chris from the Dallas area, and David Dean’s “little” brother, Daniel from the Houston area. All three are the most respectful and really good kids. Yes, kids, of early 30’s…… Most people are”kids” to us.
I did figure out what to do with my custom Big Dog chopper – I gave it to David Dean! He rented a truck and borrowed a trailer to haul his Dog home. Daniel had his Harley on the trailer – so he and his brother had a nice ride together while here…. Therefore, I know WHO LET THE DOG OUT….. All the boys are such good young men.
They arrived about 9 Friday morning – then we all went to Albuquerque in our truck for important prescriptions. A wonderful lunch at El Pinto, shakes at the ‘Breaking Bad’ Twizzlers for the boys, and back to Magdalena where the boys went to sleep till Saturday morning….. I did tacos for them then a drive/ride to the VLA then lunch in Datil. Movies afternoon. And I shared several guns and lots of photographs. I fixed a nice pan of chicken Alfredo and fetticuni.  This morning we loaded the bikes and away they went……. We’ll miss them all and hope for return visits. Perhaps Daniel and his wife might include us in a long bike ride!
I had the nicest letter from Bethany in Canada this morning. What a wonderful person who shared her thoughts in a special way. Thank you a LOT, Bethany – you have helped to ensure that I have a magnificent day.
Now I’m going to have a morning nap – I’m learning to take it easy………….
Jim

Mary

Mary sent photos of her first work on one of my looms – see September 24, 2017 for “Arkansas Apple Tree”. It comes to mind that she’s had a hitch in her git-along with a broken leg and a difficult recovery. Let’s all wish her a good recovery and relaxed time warping and weaving on her two little Hokett Looms! Arkansas is such a pretty state – I spent a year at Jacksonville with Little Rock AFB working on the photographic systems for the B-58 Hustler bomber from 1968-1969 – between my two voluntary years in Vietnam. What fun I had just driving the country roads and visiting little country stores with pickle barrels on the porch – and finding fishing spots just for fun.
I’m still learning how to be ‘retired’. A couple of days ago I did finish installing and making operational my very old school component stereo system. The huge speakers still need to be lifted to their new ‘home’ about 7′ off the floor. I’ll get help for that. One of the CD decks uses cartridges of up to 6 CD’s at a time, and I have about 10 of them. Even with ear protectors I’ll be able to hear the music…..
Wishing all fathers everywhere a grand and great good day this Father’s Day!
Jim