Jewell’s

Good Morning! It’s a bright sunny but windy Sunday morning here in New Mexico. Chilly night but nice day. I would be in the shop today but taking the day to help Cat in her studio. She has helped me so much in the past and now it’s my turn.
Several of my stock items are gone – I will not be making any more weaving tools or looms. Such a new thing for me – Nothing to make – don’t have a thousand looms in-progress. Am packing and mailing LOTS of orders for dealers – some remarkably large.
You see above an example of what Jewell in Michigan wove. It’s a beautiful piece and it’s obvious that she loves making beautiful things. How’s that for someone almost 80?
I’ll be posting my Going Out of Business Sale notice very soon. I’ve loved sharing my abilities for the past 25 years with so many many weavers, spinners, and other fiber artists. I hope that every tool and loom and drop spindle has been loved and used. I cannot continue……………
Fondly, Jim

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Leigh’s Towels

Here are towels that Leigh made using one of my mini-warping reels to measure the warp. Aren’t they neat or what! It’s wonderful to see the results of weavers using my tools. I hope that everyone who has any of my work has great successes as well.
Jim

Special Samples and Stress

Jeane shared photos of two small tapestries with me – and I’d like for you to take a look. I should write a book about all the images that such wonderful people share with me. I’m impressed! All of them are wonderful!
Working on my last two runs of fiber tools. Terribly stressed about so much going on. The most intense source of stress is our Corvette. AC issues since the day we bought it 2-1/2 years ago. It has been in the service department of Reliable and Casa Chevy for a total of several MONTHS, where it is now. They have duplicated the problem several times yet have no idea what to do. The GM service tech specialist is at a loss. Now, Casa says they will keep it till they fix it! It’s time that GM and Casa stand up and be simply reasonable. They need to buy me out of it or put me in a new Corvette equipped like ours. Practically, I have the impression that they must have a waiting list of employees to take joy rides and drive it home every night. The co-owners, Mark Wiggins and Bob Tabor told me that they would do whatever they needed to to “make it right”… Well, they haven’t and at this point I’m not sure they will. I’ve left two messages for Bob, but no return. Mark did make good on a terrible new ’11 Silverado HD. It’s time for him to honor his word. My honor is good, even to the little fat wantabe cheerleader.

Jim

Samples and Stuff

Good Morning this Easter day!
I have a couple of samples two of my customers have woven and shared with me – now to you too…. The one on the left is from Val and the right one is from Linda. Still, I absolutely LOVE the variety!
Last week we took all of our motorcycles to a consignment bike shop in Albuquerque – Smoky’s. He is a real gentleman who will be sure they go to deserving riders. We miss them already. Friday we towed the 1941 Ford pickup to Santa Fe – for very major mechanical work. It will have dash, gauges, seat, battery relocation and other inside work. But, the bottom end – new drivetrain complete including disc brakes, and a high performance Chevy 350 and compatible auto and complete new suspension & steering. The truck just sat too low – so that was my initial focus. It grew…. Stephen of Green Monkey Coachworks is a world class builder – we feel so very lucky to have ran across him. I promised to be very very patient – his work is pure Art…
Making headway on final runs of weaving tools – just two more runs to go then I will not be producing anything else. I do have a good stock of most everything, but am negotiating with several dealers for ALL of some individual tools. I still look to about mid-June to shut down. I regret doing this, but medical issues are shouting for me to do so. I get older every day…….  I look forward to bowls, boxes, welded sculptures, and lots of drives in the Corvette and ’41 Ford.
I wish everyone a safe holiday.
Jim