Four Tapestries

What variety comes with these four tapestries by Carolann Madden of Houston! I love these still mounted on the looms. Carolann has used my looms for some time and I really do appreciate her sharing her very nice examples. I wonder what she might be doing with them? I’ve had several customers in the past leave their finest work ON THE LOOM and display them that way. But, I’m certain these looms will continue to produce many more special pieces.

The Tiny Turned Beater is San Antonio, Texas Mesquite that came from a tree over 500 years old!  A few streets from where Cat and I lived there had a huge Mesquite tree that was leaning over her very old garage.  She asked a Texas A&M staff member to help save the tree.  He looked it over and responded that the tree was dead!  So, the lady, in her mid-90’s, having been born in the house, had the tree removed and stored in the old garage.  She interviewed woodworkers to ensure they would use the wood for projects rather than putting it in their BBQ grill to smoke meats…  I was so fortunate to be the first and was able to acquire most of the pieces.  Home I milled one piece and made an exceptional notion box for her.  When the finish cured I took it to her as an offer of appreciation for saving the wood from that tree.  She cried.  I feel so wonderfully blessed to have such an intense connection with special woods like that 500 year old Mesquite and still have a few chunks of the trunk that are totally viable.  I feel so blessed much moreso to have had such a connection with that very refined lady.

There are two projects using a Bird’s Eye Maple loom.  The loom with a very dark end is Afzelia – like the rest of the loom.  Several years ago I purchased a large quantity of that remarkable wood from the estate of a passed old woodworker.  There had been a fire in the warehouse years before which caused the very dark coloring on one side.  I thought that the planks partially burned were simply exceptional – making the wood throughout much more rich reddish brown.  Now, I have only a small amount of the wood left and am “rat holeing” it for personal use sometime.  I occasionally purchase exceptional examples of fine woods because they are beautiful, not having any particular project in mind.  Some other woods I have in that category include:  a chunk of actual Lignum Vitae about 12″ x 12″ x 36″ – must weigh 150#; Gabon Ebony 2″ x 12″ x 84″ – deepest purest black and largest piece of this Ebony I’ve even seen in my life; block of Afzelia Burl about 8″ x 8″ x 10″; and, a block of Amboyna Burl about 8″ x 8″ x 9″ – astounding burl features with eye p0pping deep coloring.  All of these will become very special pieces of functional art.

I LOVE what I do.


Bob’s First Lucet!

Here is another example of projects that friends and customers make. This is the very first attempt at Bob Gray in North Carolina at a new lucet of mine! The project is using hemp rope. I think that it’s marvelous and I’m really proud of Bob’s work. Kat Gray is giving him encouragement.
Been under the weather again, or still almost. I wish that it would either be Winter and snow 4 feet or go on to Spring and stay there….. This fluctuation is giving my system fits.
Later, Jim