A recent count indicated I have 40 spots to fill or change on the sales pages. Expect updated pages this month–November, 2017. I will announce on Spin-Sales list, here, and perhaps Ravelry when the next big sale items are posted.
Bill here. Officially, SpinningFiber, Inc. is closed and I am liquidating the inventory for Teressa on a doing business as basis. Just as my legs are getting stronger (75%?) from the cracked knee cartilage, she broke her lower leg 10/28, and went to work the next day.... point being, she is busy or resting. As my 14 1/2 year old noted, how ironic my legs are better and now Teressa is in a temporary boot, going to an orthopedic surgeon next week.
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. I've tested desktops and tablets, but there mayb be mobile screen issues. As it is small, it wouldn't be hard to rebuild the site to handle phones, tablets, desktops.
My grand game plan is pushed back through 2018. I've been redeveloping my leg muscles and stamina. It's a long road back. I will be making some old and new designs as time/energy permits. In fact, I have two _perfect_ pieces of zebrawood on their way to me, a huge wood and even exotic wood dowels, plus glued 2-wood laminates on hand.
Just today, I've started to set up in the upstairs craft room, and should be able to do a lot of work there in addition to my "big workshop" in the barn.
The Mini Rosa II and Holiday editions are coming along nicely. A replacement for a key piece of equipment is expected in next week. After that, the Steampunk and precious Ebony Midas. Late 2017 or into 2018.
The core focus will be on Spindles, but I'll add/continue with the Schacht and Majacraft wheel lines.
2018, a plan is to to produce exclusive spindle(s) for a reknowned wheel maker. Perhaps have a few dealers. Also, from my NL-X music compositions, free ambient/"chill" music to spin by!
There is a Vermont Spindles Facebook page where I post.
Thanks to everyone. I will miss all of the regulars, but will continue with a very small fiber stock and special orders.
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A variety from starter to advanced looms. From hand-looms to floor looms with options and accesories. Schacht & Louet.
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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).