Bill here. It's been over a decade, so it's easy to understand I'm not currently well known for my Vermont Spindles. I've been creating new Vermont Spindle prototypes/designs in a focused manner for months.
VermontSpindle.com will launch this month; planned for 8/21-27. I'll make the (rated by many as "the best mini spindle") – the Mini-Rosa 2, with gold touches.
The Steampunk and Holiday editions are near ready. Around 10+ more designs within 90 days. Art with long spins! VermontSpindle.com is moving forward. There will also be a sale of spindles from my private collection, and other special sale items.
The core focus will be on spindles and a stream of new designs. This is a planned ramp up to November. I'll carry Schacht, Majacraft, Ashland Bay and global items. Some basic fibers as well as mask maker favorites.
In the first quarter of 2018, the plan is to produce exclusive spindle design(s) for a reknowned wheel maker. Also, there will be even more designs already dreamed up/sketched down. Perhaps a few dealers.
Thanks to everyone.
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A variety from starter to advanced looms. From hand-looms to floor looms with options and accesories. Schacht & Louet.
A wide variety of carders from hobbyist to production oriented ventures. Fine fibers, art fibers.....you name it, we have it.
All the fibers you've come to know and love -- naturals, color merinos, obscure breeds, angora, silks, multicolor, synthetics and more. This year new fibers from around the world due in - most never before on sale in the US.
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!
Bill continues his spinning/fiber brain dump. "Retired", he has ramped up out of hibernation, mono-minded (in his multitrack way) on Vermont Spindles–classic designs, and "moving forward" He is creating spindles he dreamed up–and from a cursory survey doesn't think anyone else is doing. The kitchen has become a workshop. Wild stuff, with more to come. He had an art epiphany in January, 2017, and has also started 291.gallery (yes, that is a real web address).
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?)
There are also endless projects fixing up our 150+ year old farmhouse. Family. Spindles, a small part photography/media art, and chomping at the bit for more NL-X music work. Goats. Goats take a lot of time.
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).