The garden and area around the house is under construction. New rain gutter system around the house. Three stories high and several overlapping layers of eves makes things tricky. When we have typhoons the volume of water is unimaginable and getting it away from the house and flowing into the stream and down the mountain is a challenge. I figured out yesterday a clever way of extending the pond to take up the extra water from behind the house and at the same time creating an island in the pond to put in the new outdoor bath. Sounds pretty gorgeous and the muddy reality right now makes the plans seem almost comical.
Autumn workshop guests are arriving in a month. So many small projects on the go. Sanding floors, constructing windows and doors preparing warps for the looms for them to weave on. The balconies are all fresh clean new wood instead of the old 150 year old stuff that was always guesswork to step on. Tweaking and finalizing the workshop schedule so it runs smoothly but has room for some spontaneity. Again all my Japanese friends are so enthusiastic about who is coming and (almost too) eager to help out.
Classes are going well. I made the move and changed the big Finnish loom from a counterbalance loom to a countermarche loom and it is working. Some added beams and levers and it was transformed in just a few hours. (Leigh does a good job of explaining the differences in her blog, http://leighsfiberjournal.blogspot.jp/2007/06/comparing-looms-jack-countermarche.html ) We are all taking turns and weaving waffle towels. The tie ups are not as difficult as I thought they would and the students and I are excited about all the possibilities for future projects together. The loom and the room it sits in are alive!