Great Grandboy @4 Months

How is this for a very happy neat Great Grandson!  23#!  Cat and I are so very proud!
Had a bad fall today when we were in Albuquerque. Left big toe at least badly sprained along with some bumps, bruises, and abrasions. So happy it was not worse, but then when you turn 112 stuff happens. That’s how old I feel sometimes. Still welding spider leg pieces together. It’s very great fun! All the large ones are ready for their faces – soon to come.
Sure am enjoying retirement!  Gonna kick back tomorrow and hope the toe heals some.



Idaho Art

image1 (9)I still have not made any weaving stuff except for Cat’s boat shuttle. Did run across some leftover tools and looms recently and decided to share them with a very fine friend in Idaho – Georgianna. She had been a very good customer for a number of years. She teaches outreach for weaving to kids and old folks mostly. So, it seemed appropriate to send her all those ‘found’ items! Since I spent 5 years in Idaho with the USAF, she responded with a number of “Idaho” items. One fave was an Idaho motorcycle license plate! It’s already hanged in the old Bike House. The photo is an example of Georgianna’s outreach. I still get such a kick out of feedback from the use of my weaving tools and looms……
Working on the spiders – today welded more leg pieces for the version that uses old bowling balls for the bodies…… I’m having FUN!


Cat and I constructed, painted, and mounted a couple of hundred wooden tiles to fit two spaces. We especially wanted a good place to hang a HUGE and heavy ceramic sun we acquired several years ago. Cat has an enormous collection of suns and moons – it’s incredible to see the variety and materials of so many around our living room walls. These tiles add to that display. And, added one of Pepper laying in the sun on the floor…..
Not doing a lot – but am working now and then on a very large run of steel spiders. Great fun working with metals…. Wood too, just not in that mode right now.
We have been dealing with lots of snow and very very cold lately…. Fun to look at and only shoveled enough to get off the front deck and a “path” for our little Pepper Dog….
Later, Jim

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

Making Stuff

Finally took photos of a few things I’ve made recently. Remember, I’m only doing things that are FUN!

The  ladybug was inspired having several scrap freon containers and wondering what to make of them.  One much earlier became the head of the very Pink pig…..  This bug has a 12″ diameter body, steel legs, cap head, brass antannae, and turquoise bead eyes…..  Such fun to make.

“The Little Chair.”  In 1954 my Father, Johnny, moved us to Artesia, NM.  That same year my Mom, Hallie, purchased a “Little Chair” at a yard sale for a dime.  She used that chair around the house until about 1988, when I talked her out of it.  Since then, I’ve made my version of that chair, sold quite a few , but have since given hundreds and hundreds to family and friends who were having or had a child.  I sometimes keep one in the car to give to a child at restaurants.  The “Little Chair” becomes a security blanket to children, as it’s perfect sized for toddlers.  Children will take them from room to room, and often will want to take it with them whenever they go somewhere.  It gives me great joy to share them, wishing that the child would come to love it as hundreds of other children have.  I used to stain and varnish them, but have since left them unfinished so that parents can stain, varnish, paint, or whatever finish they choose.

The reindeer is one of 18 new to the herd.  They are great to put a poinsettia or Christmas candy in, and such fun to make.  They are house trained, to boot.

I’ll continue to find other very fun things to make, but next is paperwork for my last year in business.  A chore I don’t look forward to, but necessary.  Following will be bowls…………………

Keep looking!