the Hatchtown online shop is a success

line drawing: elevation view of a classic Lady Ann "Victorian silk spindle"

  Whew! We finally took the plunge and installed what they call an “e-commerce solution.” Pam noticed that our good friend and entrepreneur extraordinaire Michele Michael had used something called Big Cartel to connect an online shop cum shopping cart to her website Elephant Ceramics.

Well, we launched our Shop a week or so ago and all went very well! TaDAAA! Each of the        [….read more]

We’re Setting Up a New Shop for the Woodshop

color photo: closeup of a handspindle's whorl -- woods: orange Padauk and creamy Ash

An Amelia’s whorl: a layer of Padauk from Africa on a solid base of solid North American Ash.



I’m really excited. After years — yes, YEARS! — we’re finally putting together a “shop” to display and sell the little, wooden thingies I turn out in the barn. Pam noticed that a good friend, Michele Michael, is using an online “shop” powered        [….read more]

Nine Drummers Drumming ….

Christmas Eve at Hatchtown Farm —

…and to all, a "Good night!"

  Our cable internet has been half-frazzled for more than a week. Time Warner says, “Not our problem!”. Luckily for us we have enough bandwidth to keep the email coming and going along with some v.e.r.y S..L..O..W browsing of the W W W.

My best advice for the holidays is to        [….read more]

Shop Small Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a GOOD IDEA. That the day after Black Friday is designated makes a lot of sense. People, that is just about ALL of us, and especially the news media, are talking and thinking shopping.        [….read more]

Doing the Math: 2 x One of Two-of-a-Kind

I thought fiber folks might be interested in seeing pictures of a couple of rare “One of Two-of-a-Kind” Hatchtown tools:

a square-shafted low whorl spindle and nøstepinde-sort-of-thingy that is both a Wraps Per Inch gauge AND a 6″ ruler.

The spindle and the thingy date back to the mid-90’s. In both cases I had been commissioned by a customer to turn something unique — a        [….read more]