Number 30

I have not seen my high school play football since the fall of 1963 but have followed them since. Just now I listened to the Artesia, New Mexico Bulldogs win their Thirtieth State football Championship by 48-14! What a joy it must be for those fine young men. I have had people ask me “just what are they feeding those boys down there?” It is not just football but many sports – boys and girls – where championships are won. Artesia is known as The City of Champions in New Mexico.

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No Price Changes

Just did another price list – for November 24, 2017. Just a few editorials but no price changes.
We had our Turkey Day at the Tewa Restaurant in the Isleta Casino. Did not have to walk thru the smoke, either. The buffet was marvelous, though rather small. It fit our need perfectly – thoroughly enjoyed every bit of it. We’ll likely return for Christmas and the holidays next year. Just no sense preparing a huge meal for just us two. Last year we got a 2# pack of what was supposed to be “fresh” turkey from Keller’s in Albuquerque. It was anything but fresh, just meat mashed into a cube an wrapped. It was so dry and tasteless most of it was thrown away. Never again from them.n IHOP in Los Lunas the previous year was equally tasteless and meager….. Isleta will be our Holiday meal place when we need one.
back to work tomorrow,I think. Seems as if I’m coming down with something respiratory….. Long as my ears don’t get blocked…..
Hope that everyone had a grand day today, and a much better one tomorrow!
Jim

Red 1941 Truck!

 

Well, I actually bought the truck of my almost lifetime dreams. Two weeks ago I found this one online on a Wednesday, discussed it with the dealer (Wilson, Oklahoma) Thursday, wired the money Friday and it was delivered in an enclosed trailer at 9 am Saturday! I am way far over the top happy about this one…. I’ve loved this body style – 1939-1941 Ford F-1 since I was a child. Just can’t tell you how many models I built of this truck when I was a child. It is by far the favorite motor vehicle of all time for this enthusiast! I’ve had many cars, trucks, and motorcycles. In 1971 I had a chance to buy a 1940 Ford pickup – pure original – but didn’t have the $300 it was priced at in Artesia, NM…… My Dad’s 1950 Ford F-1 was another dream, but an idiot daughter of Dad’s salvaged it for a bent fender…………..
This Red beauty sits so nicely in our back yard for the photos. I’ll be having a stand alone garage built to house it soon. right now it lives in the barn. I’ll be replacing all the wiring and a couple of switches though everything works. It’s been converted to 12 volt, a new heater, electric wipers, and not much else. The Flathead V-8 sounds so nice, just as I recall Dad’s ’50. The seat springs are very weak – so rebuilding that or replacing it with nice bucket seats might work. The transmission is a bit loose, so bearings throughout might come. Really, though, it’s in remarkable shape – both Cat and I really fell in love with this one. Now, just to get the title – it’s a bit delinquent. Life is good!
Had another incident with the table saw a few days ago. The middle finger of my left hand had a nice chunk removed from the end. Not the first removal on that one. Seems that I’d learn, you know.
Barely keeping up with orders. Had one for more of the little reels than I had left so had to make a few. Will be doing a very large run very soon – but using something like Ambrosia Maple, Alder, or something likely Domestic this time. Have two very special orders that I’ll be working on next, though.  There is a repugnant person in Texas that is pretending that this reel was her design.  She severe lies, just like pretending she paid the last $1000+ she still owes me.  Son talking again – hope hanging out? Time.
Cat and I will be letting the staff at the Isleta Casino Tewa dining room cook for us tomorrow – we’ll visit the buffet and at least I’ll be a glutton…. Might have dessert first! Happy and complete blessings to everyone!
Jim

Artist Photos

I love seeing photographs of my tools and work of the wonderful customers who look to my work for their artistry. Well, Lisa Spayde shared two photos she took of arrangements of tools. They are so pretty, aren’t’ they! Just wanted everyone to see.
Today I packed & shipped my last large Squirrel Cage Winder. No more. They used to move well when I did shows, but not now. Besides, I’m cutting back. The past week has been a bit overwhelming with shops ordering. Guess it must be the holidays coming. When I also sold directly to individual customers this time of year was always full of very very many people buying to “gift” to themselves. Well, you should be nice to yourself first.
Yesterday I almost ‘bit’ on what turned out to be a scam, big time. But, my sense of “it’s just not right” dug in, and digging revealed the scam status. I’ve been looking for a hot rod or classic truck for a few years. When it’s right, I’ll buy. This one was the first that I actually contacted the seller. Like this 1946 Ford F-1 – looked like a sixty grand truck but price was just $13,900…… It was remarkable, but a pigment (see photo) of my imagination…… Today I talked to a guy in Fort Worth about his ’48. He owns a dealership for motorcycles and has a few vehicles. Unfortunately his truck would need more to finish than I want to do… I will find that perfect one soon, I hope. Anyone know of something?
Making sawdust now and then – but not every day and no more than about 3 hours a morning and no afternoons……. I’m sending everything good to everyone…..
Jim

Older Than Dirt

Age. It happens to all of us – doesn’t it…. Sometimes people just don’t act their chronological age – many don’t really ‘feel’ their age, but it catches up with us all.
Today we were in Socorro on a few errands. Four years ago a deer jumped from bushes into the path of our new truck. Unable to avoid hitting it, the damage disabled the truck. Tow truck, weeks of repair time, it was returned in great conditon. Yes, it’s been a few years but we finally started looking for a substantial guard for the truck, fearing another unplanned deer encounter. Of course we are looking for prevention or at least great reduction in potential damage to the truck.
We stopped at a business that installs such guards on trucks. The person was really helpful and gave us a lot of information. We’ll look around a bit, but more than likely we’ll buy one from his shop. We were about to leave when conversation turned personal. I revealed that I grew up in Artesia, NM. Coincidental. This gentleman said he did too, graduating in 1984. I said I did in 1964 – his response was that it was the year he was born…… And, mentioned his grandchildren…………
How did I take that? He was born the year I graduated from high school and has GRANDCHILDREN. Timing – I could be a Great Grandpa…….. 1946. Makes me 112, right?
NOW I have a different outlook on my own age. And, I’ve been cutting back. Good reason. Regardless, I embrace every moment of my life and appreciate surviving all of the significant events of my past. It’s just that I’m not through with ‘events’ – and look forward to many more and more frequent rides on my motorcycles and the Corvette. See, I’ve never been this age before, so every day is an adventure. I still have all of my marbles just like Toodles in Robin Williams’ “Hook”.

Wholesale Only

It is time for me to make a critical change in my business. Effective November 1, 2017 all sales are limited to wholesale sales only. My health is just not what I would prefer – and the intense effort to keep up with so many orders from individuals is too much for me to keep up with. I do believe handling far fewer orders – shops only – is something that I can handle well. Well, at least for the time being.

My doctor has told me to quit the fiber tool business. Background isn’t especially important, but I am listening. It’s that or just put my affairs in order. Wholesale only will most certainly extend my abilities to produce quality tools. Working smarter is good too. All of my work is MINE – with the exception of the instrumental help that Cat gives – she’s turning tools on the lathe, cutting loom teeth on the band saw, and some other very important tasks. I could NOT continue without help. Since my doctor visit I’ve not worked more than three hours a day and no afternoons. So far I’m keeping up, but then I have a huge backstock of most tools.

Shops are encouraged to build their stock of my work – I’m not certain how much I’ll be able to do. I do have visions of perhaps getting down to just hand looms and the tools to go along.  If you’re a shop and don’t currently buy from me – write if you would like.  If you’re near a shop – look to them for my work, or ask me and I’ll direct you to one.   And, ask your favorite shop to carry my work.  Two major shops that are online are:  The Woolery and A Weaver’s Loft.  My very long term preference is to just do artsy stuff – welding, super fine boxes and bowls, special stuff like that. And, lots of time for us to go on motorcycles and trips in the Corvette. I’m wearing out and want to preserve my abilities as long as possible. Cat continues to weave most days – but gardening is perhaps more important than before….

I LOVE what I do – and will not ever completely retire and do nothing.  There is sawdust in my veins, you know.  Please understand that I value every one of you.

 

Jim

Rare Old Structo For Sale

Cat has a marvelous loom for sale. Here is what she has to say about it:
$1,000 OBO – I say “old” because it was built in 1932! This loom is an 8-Harness, 14 Treadle, 48″ weaving width piece-of-history! It is very rare that Stucto Artcraft Looms, usually table-top looms, made a large floor loom. It has a foot-print of half-a-Volkswagen! I have had this loom since 1984, it was my first “commercial” loom. and have been weaving stoles, baby blankets and fabrics on it ever since! I will miss this loom TERRIBLY, but I must make more room in my studio. I do not recommend this loom be used for rugs….it does wonderfully on fine fabrics. It is a big loom, but not built for rugs.  I’m only the second owner of this wonderful piece of equipment.  I purchased it form the first owner who made fabric for suits for her husband! The buyer would have to use a pick-up truck and 4 men to move it whole or I could break it down to a pile of sticks…..but you would not have my help to put it back together, so plan wisely. I or any family member cannot move this loom ~ it must be done by someone not as old as me and my husband.  The sale includes the Purpleheart and Maple bench made by Jim custom for this loom!  There is storage under the top.  Please message me on Facebook to Cat Brysch Creations Studio or call me at 1-575-854-3451 for more information.  Additional photos can be provided.