‘Nuther Beginner First Plus

Here is a photo of a beginner’s first attempt at mini-tapestry on one of my little looms. Arielle reports that it’s a lot of fun and expressive. The endless variety of possibilities is exciting. One person wanted one to weave micro rugs for dollhouses.

Health issues continue to force me to make changes. I’m finding that getting old sometimes means all those events of your past sorta come back to whack you to change. I’m changing.

I used to make and sell very many boat shuttles using the wonderful Schacht bobbins. Not doing shows since 2014 has put a damper on sales of those. So, I’ve made a deal with The Woolery – they are purchasing my entire stock of the 10″ (4″ bobbin) and 12″ (5″ bobbin) boats. I still need to assemble some of them with the shafts and springs so watch their website (woolery.com) and enjoy! I’ve also sold all of my 15″ (6″ bobbin) and 16″ double (two 4″ bobbins) boats to The Weaver’s Loft. Look Barb up (weaversloft.com). Barb also purchased my entire stock of warp combs. These items will be in her shop very soon also.  Those shuttles require assembly of some too.

Orders have sorta exploded since I released my September 1, 2107 price list.  Many dealers are taking advantage of prior notice to order before price advances on many items.  I’ll honor the existing prices until September 1, even if I run out of stock for orders.

I cannot continue to make everything I used to and these tools are examples of what I’m cutting right away. There will be others. I do have a desire to get back to pure art, especially with metals. That’ll come eventually. At a visit with my primary care Doc yesterday she asked me to take two weeks off entirely from the shop. Well, I did do some packing this morning and this afternoon turned Cat two new walking sticks from preforms I had made about 15 years ago. I used to make lots of canes. Sales were quite successful, but the weaving stuff overwhelmed me. The walking sticks started when I made each of us one to use when visiting the Grand Canyon – walking the South rim. Dozens of people stopped us to ask about our sticks, many wanting one for themselves. That was fun!

General Motors continues to ignore problems with our 2013 Silverado and 2016 Covette that have existed since the day we drove them off the lot brand new…….. They really don’t seem to give a “%&@%” about this customer. As much as I wanted these vehicles, GM would probably be happier if I just went away and bought some other brand. I REGRET buying these vehicles and recommend no one buy anything GM…
Best of everything to ya’ll…………….
Jim

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SEPTEMBER 1, 2017 PRICE LIST

I’ve issued a new price list, finally…. It’s effective September 1, 2017. I’ll continue to accept orders under the existing February 14, 2017 price list until that date. Should I receive orders in excess of stock before September 1, 2017, I’ll honor the prices and ship when I produce the additional quantities. All the changes are price raises with two exceptions. If you’d like a copy of the new one, email me. Thanks for understanding.
Jim

First Weaving!

Here is a neat example of a customers first weaving on one of my looms. Toni Gatland of Canada obtained this loom and tools at ANWG this year. What a neat result of her first effort. Thanks to the many customers who purchased some of my work there – and to Toni for sharing the photo.

So busy now – but near actually catching up!  I have several thousand pieces to sand, and a few hundred looms ready to assemble, but it’s coming together.  Cat helps a lot when she can and I so appreciate her.  But, I work alone all of the other time.  Still looking to issue a new price list, but so much else to do right now.

Cat and I have not been riding lately.  A couple of weeks ago we trailered her  trike to Crossroads for a transmission problem.  We had started on a ride to Datil, she heard an unusual noise – and could not find neutral, 4th or 5th gear.  Got home ok, thank goodness.  Call today from DJ – the transmission is dead – case ok but everything else not.  So, it’ll be a couple more weeks till we can ride again.  We’ve even thought about a Slingshot – serious fun, they seem to be……

Back to a long term sanding marathon for a few weeks.  Then, several days of applying Danish Oil.  It’ll take awhile as doing it alone is tough, but I do have experience with it all.
Jim

Stretching

I’ve been stretching my abilities – working perhaps harder than I ever have before. My first goal is filling orders – second getting to the point of catching up. I’m almost there – only two items I regularly carry are out of stock and I’ll do runs on those in the next couple of weeks! My effort to do huge runs of popular tools is paying off big time. Only a few times have I had orders I could not instantly fill – but stretched out and made enough to fill that particular order, and a few more till I can do a nice run. I’ll be caught up within a couple of months. How? Well, the very very active help from my most capable wife, Cat. She’s done so much to help me with so many activities. Most recently she assembled all same wood kits of Cherry and Walnut. As I write this she’s measuring warp for my loom kits. All of the looms I offer are in very nice stock! They all continue to be remarkably popular, and I find their production to be such fun, including the tools to go along. I will not make anything that’s not fun. That’s some of the reasons I’ve reduced the number of items I continue to stock. Today I completed runs of my End-of-Warp shuttles in 15″ and 18″ – these use the much longer bobbin – a full 6″ quill! I’m quite low on the shorter shafts, so when the stock I have now runs out, that’s it for manufacturer of the shafts in China will no longer make them. Right now I have very good stock of the shorter bobbin EOW’s in 8″, 10″, and 12″. I always have about two dozen large runs of tools in-progress. When I see stock getting low, I can easily make a run to replenish….. My helper, Jericho, is doing a wonderful job for me with everything she’s done – and is another Major reason I’m succeeding…  She is a joy to work with and her energy is so good.  So many thanks to the crowd of customers who continue to look to me for tools. And, the growing number of dealers are such a huge boost to my sales. I appreciate the sale of a $6 Tiny Barb Beater as much as the very large orders.

I’m considering going wholesale only but no decision for awhile. My long anticipated new price list is still in draft. Some prices will raise, and prospectively as I promised earlier.

Yesterday we finished a major renovation of our storage barn – installing a giant shelving system I welded up. Now, all the backstock of shipping boxes and supplies are stored carefully. We can use the spacer so much better.  Not riding much. Health issues to address. The car is still the source of phenomenal joy every time it envelopes us. Life is good.

I hope for joy, safety, happiness, security, health, and fun to everyone! More to share very soon.

Jim

A New Beginning

SO much has been happening……

Cat returned to her studio full time a few weeks ago. Her incredibly wonderful assistance in the shop has been such an energizer and facilitated me keeping my nose above the water line. I appreciate her more than I could ever say. She’s extremely successful with her fabric and is doing so well. I wish that I could help her as much as she’s helped me. She’s sold one of her looms with more to go. None are immediately available, but one will be soon. It’s a Macomber 24 harness 60″. It is not shippable, and you would have to pick it up at her studio here, AND bring all of the muscle you’d need to remove it and load it with your manpower. My shoulders are not in condition that I can lift much at all – and the right has been ripped again. NO more surgeries… If you’re interested in the loom contact me.
I’ve hired a helper for 3 days a week to help with such things as finishing, marking, drilling, assembly, and lots of sanding. Jericho is doing a wonderful job and is eager to learn new things. Her able help is saving my business – literally. I have a couple of dozen tools near out of stock and a few that ARE out of stock. I’m working as hard as I can every day of the week till I give out. But, Very great successes. In lieu of domestic wood for the mini-squirrels I did a run of 75 in African Mahogany – some very dark and some not so much. It’s a beautiful wood and the new tools are so pretty. Price bumped a bit. Cat cut the the threads on every one of the 150 rods for support of the cages! What a powerful woman! I’m so proud of her!
All of my looms are in very good stock, so if you need anything just let me know. I ALWAYS have some in production. Always…..
We just finished oiling a boat load of tools and looms recently. The looms are just flying away in sometimes very big groups. I’m mailing a large order of the BEM kits to a college in Texas next week. Several educational institutions from elementary to secondary facilities as well as shops are mailed several times a week. I sell regular boat shuttles to The Woolery and they are doing so well with them.
This past week I sold all 24 remaining weaving benches to a dealer. All of them…. They just didn’t move well except at shows, so me needing the storage room, made a deal. I mail them Monday. Three years storing is too much. I”ll continue frequent custom benches for customers around. Next week I’m doing a very special custom bench for a lady who has 3 already. Sounds like Texas where about a dozen customers sort of collected my benches – some with as many as a dozen or more…. They are such a joy to make. This one I’m going to do will have a very fine figured Goncolo Alves top and copper stretchers. Am undecided what woods to use for the skirt and legs. I’ll guarantee that she will Love it!
I’m about to take a ride this morning on my chopper – The Old Buzzard. It’s about time I did at least some riding in spite of all the demands on my time in the shop… I wish everyone well and perhaps each of you will have as good a feeling about life as I do.  Perhaps some photos next time.
Jim

Glowing Helper

I so deeply appreciate the very active assistance of my wife, Cat, in my shop all of every morning, sometimes extending to the late afternoon. She is such a wonderful partner – her very important help is making it possible for me to make gains on the monumental stack of tools I so need to produce. Her efforts are wonderful! Here is a photo of her on a recent very cold snowy morning sanding needlesticks on one of the Powermatic sanders. Her touch is so gentle and the results are as good as I do. Yes, that’s saying something. Jericho continues to give such marvelous effort doing virtually all of the finishing and dived right into the sanding to help produce the tools that I offer. My old damaged hands cut and touch every tool that comes out of my shop. But, without the very capable help of these two ladies I’d honestly just close shop.
Today Cat started something new that she’s never done before. I”m in the process of making a large run of my mini-squirrel cage winders. One of the most important and time consuming tasks in that effort is cutting the threads on the 1/4″ brass rod to secure and support the cages. She listened to me describe all of the steps and “volunteered” to try to do the threading. Late morning today we set up everything, I demonstrated, and she learned so quickly and did so well! There is no measure in my shop of who does something quickest – the best measure is simply “is it right”. She does it right! I’m so proud of her for so many things – especially her willingness to attempt such daunting tasks and her support of my efforts. We each would do anything for the other.
I’ve ordered the Danish plywood to make the cages – I have the dowels, and will pick up the DOMESTIC woods to make the stand at World of Wood in Albuquerque – Jake Jacobsen and his staff are such marvelous “woodies”.
Working on a new price list – and there will be a number of prices raising. I’ll apologize in advance, but there is not a way I can avoid this. When it’s produced I’ll announce right here – and it will be prospective, or effective at least a couple of weeks after. I’ll honor current prices for orders received before the effective date of the new list.
Tomorrow I’ll be cutting much exotics to length for 6-dent original looms, and both 7″ and 12″ tiny shed sticks. Well, will surely cut them to dimension as well. I have a large cache of pieces at dimension waiting for machining and sanding. Works for me. Thanks to everyone who has supported me so well for so long…..
Jim

Dreams Lost

My dreams of catching seem to be gone forever – business has been completely overwhelming – and the end is not in sight. Cat’s been helping all morning every day – she’s getting so good on the band saw, router tables, and sanders (both the 6×48’s and 4×36’s). Next will be the scroll saw – she’s determined! Like on the router table, it took her a bit to make friends with it – she said she would NOT be defeated by a machine… I’m so proud of her! Jericho is now doing all of my finishing and working on LOTS of sanding. Other tasks may develop – several times in the past few days all 3 of us were working on different sanders!
So many things are in-progress – tiny stick shuttles, needlesticks, tiny beaters, tiny turned beaters, lucets, custom range of tools for a commercial shop, #6 original looms in exotics, boat shuttles, EOW’s, and so much more. Today I had a box go out with 30 #2 fringe twisters, and another with the last 6 of my mini-squirrel cage winders. I’m OUT of several items and replacements are in the plans. For the moment, I’m just keeping my nose above the water line, but not sure for how long….

 

I will be reissuing my price list very soon – with regret some items will be raising. I’ll do it prospectively – and will announce the effective date soon publishing the price list a couple of weeks or so before it’s effective. I’ll honor existing prices for orders received before the new price list becomes effective. I’m so sorry to raise prices any amount, but business dictates I do so.
I have an outstanding stock of exotics – today unloaded the truck with another very large stash. So, all of these tools in-progress and planned are supported with ready exotic and domestic stock.
SNOW a few times in the past week or so – not much, just a couple of inches, but simple precipitation is so appreciated. The freezing temperatures and exceptional winds can take a hike, though.

Another dream lost seems to be my son moving up and taking my business.  I can only presume he had just rather continue whatever he’s doing in San Antonio.  I will miss that forever.  Quite sadly, too………………….
Later, Jim