STAY TUNED. I'm open to offers on the Gaywool and Bush Blend dyes in bulk quantities for $2.50/$1.25 plus priority mail shipping costs. This is most favorable to the east coast down to the Carolinas or so. FREE Strauch Ballwinder or two different sets of Hand Cards with the purchase of any (special order) Schacht wheel.
Bill here. SpinningFiber, Inc. is closed and I am liquidating the inventory for Teressa on a D/B/A basis.
It's understandable that I'm not currently known for my highly rated circa 2005 Vermont Spindles. I've been working up to this since early this year. Artfully designed, superior engineering. Long spins.
VermontSpindle.com is barely open. There are some spindles from my personal collection up on the sales page. The site will be redesigned for functionality on phones through desktops.
My grand game plan is pushed back into this year. I dislike being non-productive, but am in a process of rebuilding stamina and various leg muscles.
I will be making some old and new designs as time/energy permits. At this juncture, expect new spindles in a Jan. - Feb. timeframe.
The core focus will be on VermontSpindles. I will continue with Schacht and Majacraft wheels, and Strauch Drumcarders. Just a tiny bit of fiber to keep spindle "packing material" on-hand. I post on a Vermont Spindles Facebook page.
Thanks to everyone. I will miss all of the regulars, novices, experts, and referrals. Transitioning to early retirement has been lengthy, but I think I've got a groove well in the making.
Teressa Hamlett-Mutschler and silent partner Jeanette Roth picked up the ashes of Copper Moose. Bill is an unpaid indentured typist, product specialist, & flunky–as promised–in the transition period.
In the "dark years", we got significant help from family plus private and local charitable organizations. We pledge 5% of profits to a local organization called H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Every Day.) We also donate each year to a Norris Cotton Cancer Center benefit.
I am an "animal whisperer" from dogs, goats, cows, you name it. We adopted two dwarf Nigerian goats, Tommy and Dukey (who were returned to the breeder!) Then we added two unwanted mixed breed goats, Otis and Milo.
I had a cow, Bella. I loved my cow, and always wll. She was rescued from a trip on the meat truck, as she was mixed breed. She arrived 3 days old and 60 lbs., on the front seat of Cody's Honda Civic. I still get to see her at an organic dairy farm next to my older sons' (Ben and Cody) rental house.
However, when she got to be 500+ lbs. and was rearing up on her hind legs in heat every few weeks (quicker than human women), safety minded (husband's coercion) sent her to be a mother. We joke that we are "Special Acres".
My experience is a career of helping children and families in need of social services. That is how I met Bill 11 years ago -- an assignment that I simply didn't want to go on. It lead to our friendship, and eventual marriage. My hobby-ist background is as a superb felter (according to others), weaver, and a rapidly evolving spinner.
I am disabled with a progressive disease known as A-S. .001% of the female U.S. population have spondylitis in general. (If my math is correct, I'll check). Next year will be my third pacemaker, and I'll glow in the dark!
Methodically making notes and lyrics for his third CD throughout 2016, he will "get around to it", with Mike Simmons of MARS Audio producing and engineering. NL-X.com. He says the new stuff will be "crunchy", with him (and possibly me!) singing–with effects that were previously not available. (Time-smearing, WTF?)
He is happy. He says that life hasn't been better for as long as he can remember (then again, he is 29 years old times 2).