Love Letter 4/4

Dear First (Loom) Love,

We made it! I'm not sure how, but you are in one piece. It was a long journey, but we survived. We can't forget the third party, my father, who helped. Brother Jason also needs to be thanked, maily for that amazing drill press and the other random tools I had no clue I would need. I'm not sure how we would have done it otherwise.

This is where our new life begins. I pinky swear to never compare you to my other love again. Promise. You are stronger and more beautiful than ever and I can't wait to see what we make together.

xoxo
Tara

Gorgeous! Stable! And importantly - it works!

Gorgeous! Stable! And importantly - it works!

Love Letter 3/4

Dear First (Loom) Love,

You've changed. You're different. There's something about the wood. If you could see, you're not the loom that started. [...] It takes just a bit more and we're done!

The cherry wood was a great addition. Strong, golden bronze. It holds your core up like an Adonis. (Ok, perhaps I was trying to make you into my other love, my bad. But see how beautiful it looks on you?) You fold up nice and small now too!

And that brake - Oh. My. Gosh. Talk about revolutionizing the experience of an ancient art form (that's already been revolutionized and automated, but whatevs). I can't wait to try you out.

xoxo
Tara

p.s. Thanks to Baird Brothers for this gorgeous cherry and Mielkes Fiber Arts for the brake!
p.p.s. Extra points for guessing the musical reference.

Still in pieces, but oh so close!

Still in pieces, but oh so close!

Oh, brake. Look at you! So beautiful! Working so well! I had help from a friend (THANK YOU DAN) to get a hole drilled through the center of the bracket. I used the drum brake from the Schact Mighty Wolf, but had to alter the configuration a bit due to the geometry of my loom.

Oh, brake. Look at you! So beautiful! Working so well! I had help from a friend (THANK YOU DAN) to get a hole drilled through the center of the bracket. I used the drum brake from the Schact Mighty Wolf, but had to alter the configuration a bit due to the geometry of my loom.

Love Letter 2/4

Dear First (Loom) Love,

What did I do? Was this a mistake?? You lie in pieces, strewn across the floor. I'm so sorry. I'm a mess just like you. I hope we both come out of this unscathed.

xoxo
Tara

This is a disaster. And yes, that is a rug in my dad’s basement workshop. I don’t know why but it sure makes a nice photo.

This is a disaster. And yes, that is a rug in my dad’s basement workshop. I don’t know why but it sure makes a nice photo.

Wood is ready to be cut. That’s my pops in the background helping.

Wood is ready to be cut. That’s my pops in the background helping.

All the wood cut and ready to be drilled. This is the most frightening thing I’ve done in a while. “Measure twice, cut once.” Just keep repeating that.

All the wood cut and ready to be drilled. This is the most frightening thing I’ve done in a while. “Measure twice, cut once.” Just keep repeating that.

Love Letter 1/4

Dear First (Loom) Love,

We have been through so much. You were my first and it was so awkward those first years. No offense, you have some strange quirks. But I learned how to work you like a pro, and we settled into an excellent rhythm.

Then I met another. And - oh the elation! I didn't know I could feel this way. Hard strong wood, the smooth stroke of a beater, straight even selvedges, a proper drum brake. It felt like cheating.

I know you're not supposed to try to fix a loved one. But I cannot imagine living without you. And you have such a good core underneath that outer layer! You will be transformed. I have a feeling it will give us a second chance. See you post restoration.

xoxo
Tara

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New website is here

I’m sure you all have been wondering: WHY HAVE I BEEN STARING AT A SPLASH PAGE FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS?

Well, I had a baby. And then life got away from me. I’ve finally taken some pictures of the work I’ve been doing for the past year or so. (Hope you like it.)

So take a sniff around.

New year, new beginnings v.2015

You may be wondering why the mockturtledove.com URL is redirecting? Well, I decided to move on. I was listening to this very interesting podcast on Freakonomics about Failure and it rang true. When something doesn't feel quite right, it's time to cut your loses. Well, I've had those feelings for a while now and here it is: time to say good-bye to MTD and hello! to new opportunities. Whatever those may be. More about those soon...!

Furoshiki square in action!

My amazing friends Sabrina - of SABO SHOP - and Ben forwarded me these pics of my furoshiki square in action. Ben used it to transport part of his lunch to work one day. 

And now he can enjoy his delicious tea at work. But seriously. She makes some of the best tea brews ever. Thanks guys!