Great Grandpa!

Wow, never thought I’d live long enough to become a Great Grandpa! Ann and David’s daughter had a baby last night – Sebastian announced himself so well.  Sebastian is being held by his Grandpa David. I’m a happy man and so proud! Now, when can he start riding a Harley………………..

Visited my ’41 Ford Pickup to witness progress.  The frame was a total disaster and had to be completely rebuilt.  That’s done so now will come fitting the components.  The cab will be fitted in the very near future.  SO much to do.  Now, it looks like early Spring before I can finally drive it home……………………  I’m anxious, but patient.

I’ve been making fun things – a large herd of wooden reindeer, about to do a group of Very large ladybugs, and so much more.  If it’s not fun, I’m not doing it.  Ah, retirement!  I’m filled with great joy.

Great Grandpa Jim

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Skulls & Flowers

Well, I’ve broken stride and did some actual ‘stuff’! You’ll see the cow skulls I’ve decorated so far. Still learning what to do and what looks good. My Parkinson’s limits what I can with my right hand, but the left is learning and is steadier than the right. A Huge thank you to our dear friends, Glenn and Sue Waller. They collected these skulls from their quite impressive ranch West of Artesia with more to come. It’s been great fun working on them and is the first real ‘production’ I’ve done since quitting…  I’ve known Glenn for OVER 60 years.  He’s a very dear friend.

You’ll see photos of Cat’s Mums and Morning Glories. She does such magnificent work in her gardens. I love helping her whenever I can. Next Spring early I’ll put in a bunch of roses in the back garden raised bed that we worked on to prepare.  Cat did a whole lot more than me to get it ready. She’s such a fun lady!  All we  have to do is dig the hole, add my secret sauce, and plant.  When I was in Alamogordo, NM in the early 1980’s my roses were enormous!

The old Ford truck is progressing. We visit it next week to see progress. I’ll take a few photos to show what it looks like now. Cat and I are Very anxious to bring it back home. Stephen is such an expert – everything he does is right or it’s not done.

We have a son in San Antonio, TX that needs a job. Anyone knowing about something – put a little salt on it and I’ll let him know. He is a magnificent chef – and Everything else….. Hook him up working and I’ll make you all the weaving tools you ever want for your personal use…..

Later,
Jim

Judy’s Tapestry

Here is a great example of a tapestry on one of my little looms by Judy Anderson of Goodlettsville Tennessee! Isn’t this neat or what! Judy is a friend from HGA in the past. I appreciate her sharing this really nice photo.
STILL working on organizing my shop after so long of ‘nuttin. I’m almost to the point of actually making things again. Again – for FUN only. Stuff coming up like delinquent dealers paying bills….. Who would have thought this in the fiber world? The old Ford pickup continues to advance in reassembly with all the new parts… Cant’ wait!
Rain is a blessing and we’ve really been blessed. The shop has now 4 new leaks. Gotta wait on our roofer who’s very busy. Plumbing issue yesterday – the air cooler froze up – the former plumber had incorrectly installed a pulley and it finally said WHOA! New one did justice and we’re cool-able again. Today is quite cool so no more today.
Heard from the oldest boy yesterday. Hard time finding a job in San Antonio. We sure miss the kids – all in their 40’s now. The Grandboy, Issac, is about to turn 14! Great school reports, grew 6″ in the past very few months and gained two shoe sizes this summer. He’s as tall as his Dad now!
Hang in there and enjoy life every moment, dear ones.

Jim

Weaving Chile

Well, what Lori Adams in Florida did was unique. Being transplanted from Taos and a weaver, and a Huge fan of Hatch, NM green chile – this photo shows her dedication. Not just burgers and the like to add that wonderful roasted chile to – but how to use it as a weft on the little loom! How wonderful and thanks to Lori for sharing.
Still intensely setting up the shops anew – sold many pieces of equipment, gave some away, and pitched a few. The new large wood lathe is fully prepared to help me make new and wonderous things. The last time I did a large run of bowls was right before a show in College Station, Texas. I had the most wonderful variety and stunning quality bowls…. Even an examples of burls so remarkable…… Every one sold the first day – one lady bought 3 to use as a display in her office…. Not the first or last time that’s happened. Well, my “Bowl Room” is full of bowl blanks ready to move on to the next life. One, about 8 x 8 x 6 is of the most stunning example of Amboyna Burl in history, I believe…… It will not be the first to be reborn, but in the mix. A new set of wonderful wood lathe chisels will be part of the new creations…. Watch this blog….
Fall seems to be coming to our Mountains in New Mexico – the annual ‘monsoon’ is so nice. The desert is blooming again but some cactus gave up the ghost due to it being so dry for so long…. I’m ready! Cat and I painted the first coat of white on the walls of the new garage. In a few days the floor will be done too. It’ll have time to cure well before moving the Corvette back home. The ’41 Ford Pickup is being assembled with all the new parts. Nice stuff happening.
Health stuff surfacing. Several appointments are set and I’m ready for whatever. Getting an MRI of my brain. I just know it’s sure to come back negative………….

Hey, isn’t my beaded vulture by De’Andrea the neatest thing you ever saw or what!

Peace to everyone. I hope for good stuff all around.

Jim

Beaded Buzzard is Home and Free Tools

I cannot find the words to adequately say how much I appreciate the almost two-year effort of my dear friend De’Andrea in Texas for this BEADED piece! It is stunning beyond description – different light hits it and a whole new image of this fantastic piece of art comes alive. We met in a weaving tool sale – and our friendship developed. I have hundreds of buzzards, vultures, and condors in such a variety of mediums – artistic renditions abound in our office, home of all these so critically important creatures. I’ve admired them since I was a child – realizing the importance of their function in our world.  Thanks to my Cat for this photo!

I’ve considered a “Sky Burial” for my body when it’s my turn. Thank you, De’Andrea – for such a profoundly beautiful Most Very Favorite of all time!

On another note I discovered just a few of the Wooden Commemoratives that I did for HGA in Convergence 2012 in San Diego. The cone holder – so functional for holding cones or skeins of yarn to measure warp, wind bobbins, crochet or knit off of – is so good. The yarn comes off straight as it’s mounted on a 3″ Lazy Susan bearing. I’ve sold hundreds of these wonderful tools. The other tool is a two prong fringe twister – so very handy when you want twisted fringe on that very special shawl, stole, scarf, or whatever. I’ve sold thousands of these Very nice tools. I’ll send one of your choice of the two to the first ones to respond with their request and address till they are gone. No cost, just my best wishes to enjoy and use these very nice tools. It’s surprising to see what all I’ve been finding with the intense reorganization of all the buildings that supported my ittie bitti ‘bidness. It’s so nice to NOT have a job…

Monday my very large new wood lathe will be delivered. Many fine and some very large turned pieces will come alive soon. Tomorrow we take my metal lathe and cabinet to the artists building my ’41 Ford pickup. It’s part payment for his work – I never ever used it or even turned it on. Stephen is anxious to add this to is shop. We’ll return with all of the pieces that came off the original truck – happy to have the truck and trailer to do that safely. Someone will froth to get it all – all pure original for someone wanting to restore that era Ford. The engine was perfect. Just that I wanted a performance truck….
All good things to everyone!

Jim

Two Samples & Stuff

Good Morning, All. These photos are of samples that Lori in Florida shared with me. I’m still not making looms but the tapestry was done on one of mine. The placemat is so neat as well – who would want to disturb that image by putting plates on it?  Thank You, Lori, for sharing.
BTW – I’m loving not having a job. Still deeply involved in organizing my shop and made a couple of doodads for us. One was a small but very pretty box for Cat. The case is turquoise embellished Alligator Juniper and the top is nice Cocobolo. I’ll be getting into that theme soon. Still have much to do in general shop stuff.  HUGE wood lathe coming!  BIG Bowls!
Today I’m starting dedicating at least two hours a day most days organizing the remarkable genealogy documents that Kat has been doing for me. There are 4 large binders ready for my 4 Grandparents and back. I am profoundly thankful to Kat for all that she’s done to help me along with this study. The connection with my past is quite dear. One 5GGF was a Revolutionary War Patriot! So, our military participation in the defense of  and Creation of our Country is long. There have been very many in between.
Yesterday I received the most phenomenal piece of art from De’Andrea in Texas, a long term friend that came about from my business. De’Andrea discovered my affection for Vultures and Buzzards – and offered to do a beaded piece of one. I located a photo of one I liked and she use it as the focus of her Fantastic wall hanging! Once we hang it properly I’ll post photo(s) of this stunning piece, 23 months in the making. How can you repay such a dedicated and wonderful effort from a famous bead artist? I’m so thankful.  Just wait!
My chopper is with David in Dallas. He’s the most thankful young person and I was so proud to share it with him.
Gotta go – goodness to all!
Jim

Tools of Mine

Barb Gallagher of A Weaver’s Loft in Guilford, Indiana has purchased ALL of my remaining stock. She will be picking it up the weekend after the Fourth and returning home but she has tools of mine now. This was an EXTREMELY significant transaction. I hope that you’ll contact her if you’re interested in my tools and equipment. I have absolutely nothing left. Barb’s email is: barb@weaversloft.com and her URL is: weaversloft.com.
I’m still reconfiguring my shops and have not made anything for weeks. Well, today I welded a steel shelf for the new garage housing the car. The ’41 ‘house’ got a new garage door and floor finished today….. The old stereo sounds fantastic, especially the 60’s rock and roll at a very high volume in the wood shop… Though, you can hear it from a long way away……
Jim