I thought you may have been interested in seeing some of the first prototypes of the wheels and tools we now build. While we do not have the prototypes for everything still (somehow they seem to get lost or canabilised), there are still quite a few in storage. I thought this one was "DONE" but when I put it to the others, they were not so keen on the design of the feet. It is still possible to see the evolution of where the skeiner ended up though. If you are interested in the wood, it is called 'Pacific Hardwood' which is actually resin injected pine. We experimented with Pacific Hardwood for quite a while as it had some great properties.
I have spotted another couple of prototype wheels about so if you are interested, drop in some feedback and I will dig out the camera again.
If you have been on the Majacraft web site recently you will probably have noticed quite a bit of activity around the release of "In a Spin", the new book by Pat Old. We took part in the launch of her book at Creative Tauranga on the 13th November. I thought you might be interested in several of the photos that were taken on the evening.
We have sent out many copies of "In a Spin" so far and it is being very well received. If you are interested in the book and your local Majacraft dealer does not already a copy then make a request to them and we will send one on
Ha! I bet that heading caught your attention! This is indeed Dad's next wheel project but maybe not what you were expecting.
When Rob and I were kids, Dad built a waterwheel to pump drinking water from the stream to our house tank. I am not sure how many years ago this was but it has got to be in the region of 20 or thereabouts. Well, the waterwheel has finally collapsed and Baz, Lance, Ellen, Rob and I have just been outside helping push the wheel up the hill so Dad can start on Mark II.
I am guessing we are going to be watching the new waterwheel appear in the depths of the workshop over the next couple of weeks.
Although I suspect I might be in the blog honeymoon period at the moment, I am delighted to report that I still have plenty to share.
I have been enjoying Ravelry hugely recently. There is always something interesting being shared or taught. The people who started the Ravelry community up have done a fantastic job and I think should be very proud of what they have achieved. If you are a crafty person and have not joined Ravelry yet, what is keeping you? There really is something for everyone, I have even managed to join the Battlestar Galatica group! PS Don't forget to join <shameless plug>Majacraft Fans</shameless plug>
In case anybody has missed it, Christmas seems to be approaching very fast. We typically take about a month off in January to enjoy the NZ summer so I am starting to think of what to do with my family. For the last couple of years we have been camping at the beach but we may do something different this year. Of course, I want to take them with us to the camp/weekend with Lexi Boeger in February so we might get two holidays this summer. I am a Lord of the Rings fan and enjoy Wellington (where the Majacraft camp is going to be) a lot because much of the production of the movie trilogy happened in that area. What are your plans for Christmas and holiday this year if you would like to share?
This is some friends and I visiting where the hobbits hid from the Nazgul on the wooded road. Yes, I confess I am a bit of a geek. However, if you come to the Majacraft Camp and it fits in the schedule then perhaps we could visit some of the locations
After my period of testing and learning how WordPress works, I have released the blog out into the world.
I have had another day of computering, focussed around tech drawing and sourcing new components. Any more information than this would surely be telling! Apart from this, my news is quite dry today so I will certainly need something rivetting for tomorrow.
Wow, 3 posts in 3 days!
Today I have been busy in my hive again doing some graphic design. Seeing as you have taken the time to read this blog, you can be the first to see the fruit of my labour. Look for them on the end of a Majacraft box near you!
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
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.
In case you are interested, the colour is called "Violent Violet". Awesome!