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5May/102

The Aura-gle has landed

Well here it is, the games and teases are finally over and our 18 month long project has been liberated into the wilds. Our new wheel the Aura has been overwhelmingly well received and we have been really excited by how much people are enjoying it. I spoke to Dad (Owen) this afternoon and he was just buzzing about their trip to the US. He said they had been made to feel so welcome by all they had met and were very grateful for the genorosity they had been shown.

If you are interested, Rob and I were interviewed by Granny G and she has posted the podcast of the interview on her web site (www.grannygcrafts.com). I have listened it through and was really pleased how it came out. I tend to be my own worst critic and usually don't like the way I sound recorded (I think I sound like I am talking through my nose or something!) but Genny must have done some audio magic as I thought it was great.

Hopefully Mum and Dad will have some Maryland photos I can share with you when they return on Saturday. Until next time...

Keep cool 'til after school.

Andy

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24Mar/104

The Pioneer makeover

Two posts in one day!

Another of our projects is finally ready for us to show you. One of our primary objectives is to make craft tools that work great and look fantastic too and so based on this idea, we have given the Pioneer a makeover.

The new Pioneer

The new Pioneer

The base and pedals of the Pioneer are now in solid pine similar to the stem. It is a heavier wood than the original plywood so the overall look of the wheel is much more solid. We have also changed from the cream wash to a lovely honey coloured oil that accentuates the grain of the wood.

It comes with the new aerodynamic flyer and like our other wheels, all accessories will fit. Best of all, the price remains the same so getting started in spinning with a Majacraft wheel is as affordable as ever.

Andy

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17Feb/101

Lexi (Pluckyfluff) is here!

A quick post to let you know that Lexi has arrived! She spent a day with us in the factory and we raced through lots of development stuff, testing new combinations and configurations on the wheel. It is coming together very nicely and we are planning on seeing the first production woodwork tomorrow. Owen, Glynis and Lexi have since flown to Wellington ready for the camp and Rob and I are following them down on Friday. For those that are coming see you soon. For those that are going to be elsewhere, I'll tell you all about it next week when we get back and the pressure is off.

Andy

11Feb/105

Hey Mum (Mom), look what I made!

Last week I did a big reveal, some of the screens came down and the curtains were drawn back. I assure you however there are still some cards we have safely stored up our sleeves to reveal in due course so don't think you have the new wheel pegged just yet. :-)

PluckyFluff (Lexi) has been busy over the last weekend and sent me a picture of the latest spinning she has been doing on her test wheel. Just to show you that this wheel has not been designed to do art yarns specifically, here is a selection of her yarns done with the one (prototype) flyer on the wheel. It even has an American coin to prove that it came from overseas - overseas from us that is.

PluckyFluff spinning samples on Serenity

PluckyFluff spinning samples on Serenity

Not bad from the one flyer huh? Of course it has a wide Selection of Cleverness™ in the design to make this all possible (and lots of Lexi skills!)

More to come...

Andy

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4Feb/107

The Mystery of the Blue Folder

Greetings from Majacraft :-) February is upon us already and can you believe it, the NZ equivalent of Walmart is already got Easter eggs on the shelf! January seems to have gone in just a blink so I guess I really am aging.

If you have been reading the most recent blog posts, you might have noticed a blue folder appearing in the background of several photos. This was part of a little treasure hunt that I have been playing with Ravelry readers. Nothing about the mystery blue folder has been revealed - until now.

If you were not already aware, we are releasing a new wheel this year which we have been feverishly developing it for about a year now. This is unlike any project we have done before and it is something we are very excited about, so here goes, Stage 1 of the big reveal...

THE BLUE FOLDER

The Blue Folder

The Blue Folder

Yes it is true! We have been developing the new wheel in collaboration with Pluckyfluff (Lexi Boeger), one of the leading art yarn spinners in the world. She has compiled a list of her requirements of a wheel that will spin art yarns like no other and using a Selection of Cleverness™, we have built an all new wheel. It looks like we have created something pretty special so far. In preliminary testing by Lexi, she tried spinning some of the trickiest yarns in her repetoire and they (Lexi and the wheel) did it effortlessly - like a yarn-eating-spinning-machine...thing...wheel...

It has been very important to us that this is not going to be a one trick pony and we are making sure that the wheel will excel in as many techniques as possible.

More information will be posted soon but for now you are just going to have to imagine what this wheel is going to look like. :-)

Andy

9Dec/093

THAT Big Project

Greetings!

For a time of the year when one might expect things to be a little quieter, we have been going flat out. In amongst shipping wheels to lots of lucky Christmas present receivers, I have been able to get a bit of time on some of our other projects, including that BIG one mentioned on Ravelry :-) .

Well, the parts I completed the tech drawing for have returned and we are excited that they appear to have turned out even better than we had hoped. I must admit I get goosebumps each time I go down and look at them on the wheel in the workshop. We are in the process of building two new revision prototypes (Beta versions?) that we plan on shipping to some spinners who are looking forward to them - hopefully also for Christmas but the 24th is racing up. I would love to be able to tell you everything but I can't sorry. In time - not too far away, we will give out some more to whet your appetite. Until then... keep guessing!

Andy

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19Nov/092

My busy Thursday

So, for those not following Majacraft Fans on Ravelry, this post is likely to seem somewhat obtuse - at least I have given you a clue of where to start looking!

I spent the morning with Owen (Dad) working on our super secret new project. It is shaping up very nicely and we are hoping that you are going to be as excited about it as we are.

It often surprises me in releasing new products that the easiest part is often the idea and building the prototype. What really takes the time and effort is working out the systems and jigs to produce it, doing the tech drawings, lead times to get all the components from manufacturers, organising the packaging, writing instructions, advertising, working out ways to let people know about it and at the end of all of this, is it actually going to make life better for spinners. Being involved in projects like this makes me appreciate hugely what the likes of car manufacturers or console makers have to go through to release a product that has thousands of interrelated components that must work perfectly together.

I don't think I revealed anything new but who knows, come on back and there may be bits and pieces that can be gleaned from my ramblings!

Have a great day

Andy

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18Nov/099

The Purple Pro

Every now and then we get a request for something special in a wheel. The most recent is the Purple Professional. Rob took a great deal of time in the painting of the purple drive wheel and whorl (as he does with all painting of Professional and Alpaca wheels - it is a long and tricky process to get them as good as he does). When completed, it looked quite extraordinary and we were delighted with how it turned out.

Majacraft Purple Professional

Majacraft Purple Professional

In case you are interested, the colour is called "Violent Violet". Awesome!

Andy

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