Inspiration & Artistry in Troubled Times: The Haywain Triptych

I’ve been wanting to create a series of posts on the topic of artistry and inspiration – but in the current culture where would one find the inspiration for such an endeavor. We all have to face the reality that any craftsman (regardless of their level of mastery) can grind to an unproductive halt when … Continue reading Inspiration & Artistry in Troubled Times: The Haywain Triptych

The Gist of Grist (part 3)

Welcome to another long winding post about the realities of spinning yarn. It’s like skeining up 500 yard lace weight skeins. If I turn the winder up all the way hoping to shorten the time, this yarn is going to break, and cause nightmares for both of us. If I slow this all the way … Continue reading The Gist of Grist (part 3)

Flattening the Curve: The Realities of Spinning Yarn (part 2)

Last week we began this three part series on the realities of spinning yarn. In that post we started off by defining terms: TPI, WPI, and YPP. By the end we had highlighted four realities that any mill is faced with when deciding what yarns they are going to make and how that relates to … Continue reading Flattening the Curve: The Realities of Spinning Yarn (part 2)

The Realities of Spinning Yarn

When you’re in the business of fiber processing, there are four realities of spinning yarn that directly impact your bottom line. They will have influence over your workshop every day. These realities have a direct connection to the amount of production and therefore profit that you’re company will be able to realize. And most importantly, … Continue reading The Realities of Spinning Yarn

A call to engage the Husbandry of God…

There is a great tug of war going on between the industry of man vs. the husbandry of God. In a recent post, called scarcity vs. flourishing, I referred to it as “industrial vs out-of-the-dust-real”. This narrative is imperative to understand if we want to have a proper relationship between God, creation, and man. Engaging … Continue reading A call to engage the Husbandry of God…

Praise in the refiner’s fire… the craftsman’s glory!

Utilize the fire that refines… It is to the praise of the craftsman’s glory, that his works are subjected to refining fires. The craftsman knows what is latent within and seeks to purify and refine – until its beauty is plainly seen by all. His workmanship is destined to be refined and purified, that its … Continue reading Praise in the refiner’s fire… the craftsman’s glory!

Trade-offs: the realities of cultivation & harvest

It has been almost a year since we sold the mill equipment and ventured into business consulting for niche textile mills. I can’t believe it’s been a year already. We took the money we made from the sale of the mill and reinvested it to create this new business. As the time draws near, I’ve … Continue reading Trade-offs: the realities of cultivation & harvest

Entrepreneurs & Inspiring joy-filled business

This short post focuses on our desire to become entrepreneurs. Everyone has their ideas about what entrepreneurship is (13.9 million to be exact) The word entrepreneur is associated with success, startups, innovation, inspiration, leadership, small business, just to name a few. What word(s) or phrase first comes to mind when you think of the word … Continue reading Entrepreneurs & Inspiring joy-filled business

The Embarrassment of Riches

Over 300 years ago there was a French play called “The Embarrassment of Riches”. The year was 1706. This comedy sketch was one of the first public rumblings of what had been a private discussion behind closed doors across many classes of people in Europe. It’s a discussion that you and I must revisit. I … Continue reading The Embarrassment of Riches

Up your “A” game this fall with Tenfold

Last fall, I (JC) enrolled in Villanova’s Lean Six Sigma manufacturing certification program. I wanted to learn how companies like GE and Toyota (among others) had been able to create a company culture that could operate at such a high level of production efficiency. More importantly, I was curious if these same concepts would apply … Continue reading Up your “A” game this fall with Tenfold