Christmas Eve

I’m sitting here on Christmas Eve counting blessings. First is my family – Cat, our sons, daughter & guy, daughter-in-law, and our only grandchild, Issac. And, countless other blessings. But so prominent on my mind right now is settlement of a bill from a dealer who bought several thousand dollars of tools when I was closing out my business. She sent a check to settle it all! My goodness, but such a blessing to resolve this very challenging situation that has had me bothered for so long…… Thank God for blessings of all – but especially on Christmas Eve………….

I’d like to wish each and every person the same feeling of good things!  The year to come is going to be a wonderful one!



Coraco de Negra

Some years ago a customer wrote asking for anything I might have in Coraco de Negra. Had none. Lost his address. If you’re out there please contact me and I’ll describe the two small pieces of that wood that I have. Cleaning up reveals the most surprising things, don’t they…….. It’s been more than 10 years since I had access to this interesting wood and have LOOKED, too…
So, if you’re that one, please write!

Cat’s Boat

Here is a photo of the only weaving tool I’ve made since retiring.  It’s for Cat!  The wood is a very fine Spalted Western Maple Burl that is resin impregnated – that makes it solid and much more durable.  I bought this stick from Bell Forest about 10 years ago I think – simply because it was so pretty, with no plan for working.  It finally told me what it wanted to be – and here it is!  The Nottle body is from the same stick – the lid to the Nottle is Verawood.  She seems to approve…..

Still not doing a whole lot – been busy mostly with learning how to not have a job.  So many things I had put off for years because of being so busy.  The shop is quite fit and ready for whenever I’m inspired.  We have done a lot of things around the house and place.  Everything looks wonderful

Here is wishing everyone has a marvelous holiday/Christmas everything.  We’ll be quiet this year again….   Looking forward when the ’41 Ford truck is ready – hopefully now by early Spring.

Later,  Jim