My aplogies on no major Majacraft news for you today. My family and I had a lovely Christmas day which was very nice and relaxed. We had a French toast breakfast and fruit lunch. In the afternoon we got a water slide out for the children, mowed a strip of grass on the hillside and had an awesome hour playing in the water. Here are a couple of pics of the fun.
I hope your Christmas' have been wonderful too this year and you have a safe and happy new year.
It might look like a Rose but no. The first one is ready to go! Off to the lucky recipient tomorrow.
For the treasure hunters, there have only been 2 hidden clues so far - nothing in photos OK
Here is some not Majacraft news - mostly. Three more days of work this year before our summer break. The "That Project" wheels are just about finished. I guess they will probably not make the Christmas stockings this year but should be there soon after. For those who are interested in the Treasure Hunt I mentioned a post or two ago, the clues were not just going to be hidden in photos, reread the message
And here is the not the Majacraft news. I went to see Avatar in 3d over the weekend. I thought it was absolutely breathtaking! Now in saying that, I am a sci fi fan and can usually find something redeeming in most movies. I found it exciting, moving, a spectacle and highly recommend it. I plan on seeing it at least once more so would suggest that if you are on the fence GO SEE IT!
Thats all for now.
As the year wraps up for us at the workshop, we had our end of year party/lunch today. Games of petanque, drinks, a BBQ and lovely pavlova dessert under the gingko tree made for a very pleasant afternoon. We only have 3-4 days before we finish and go to enjoy Christmas and New Year with our families. It has been an exciting and busy year here and we are really looking forward to next year to start showing you the exciting things we have been working on.
Owen's water wheel project has been progressing well. I am sure you don't appreciate how much of a relief this is, however, without a new water wheel we will soon run out of water for cups of tea at morning break. Truly a grave situation! My little girl Sophie came to work with me this morning and this is her with Poppa working on the water wheel. I am not sure about the colour choice though. I think it may need a name along the lines of HMS Achilles or something similar.
Something else that has been on my mind is having a little treasure hunt for tidbits about the Big Project. I thought you might enjoy it if I did things like hide little clues in the background of photos I post or perhaps in the page source (as soon as I work out how to do it in WordPress). Sound like fun?
Until next time
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!
One of the things that is quite special about working at Majacraft is the enviroment. The workshop is actually Owen and Glynis' old farm shed that we converted and hence we work on their little farm. They really enjoy trees and plants so we have a lovely surroundings with many mature trees. Anyway, back on track with the story... At this time of the year, the New Zealand flaxes are flowering and we have a row of them just a couple of metres from the offices and tea room. The native birds love the flowers and we are getting many tuis feeding all through the day. I took a couple of photos of the tuis in the flaxes to share with you. Bear in mind that these are almost close enough to touch. Late spring/early summer really is a lovely time to be able to work here!
I have been on bobbin duty today turning lace and jumbo bobbins. Since working at Majacraft I have had to learn wood turning which has been a fun and valuable skill. I had done a bit of metal turning both at school and at an engineers in my 20's (Talon Engineering in the UK - the factory was through the fence from Westland Helicopters so was a fun place to work for someone who liked aircraft and helicopters).
Anyway, back to the story... I think our fibreglass and wood bobbins are really neat and as I was working I was thinking about their history. Rob (my brother) and I had the opportunity to go to the Bendigo Show in Australia a couple of years back now which was our first international trip for Majacraft. We met Wendy Dennis (Wendy Dennis-Handspinning Wool)and Philip and Jenny Dunn (from Virginia Farm Woolworks)which was a great experience. We talked with the Dunn's about our bobbins while there which gave us some new ideas to improve them.While on the train from Bendigo down to Adelaide, Rob and I worked out the design and how to build the new fibreglass bobbins on scraps of paper.
So if you have some of our wooden bobbins, you now know that the idea for them was born in a train on a sunny day in Australia!