Not-a-contest Contest

In order to win, you have to read a few words first.  Then we’ll get to exactly what you can get for free!   I’ll make this as short as possible because I know you want to get to the good stuff as quick as possible.

I have a friend (shocking, I know!) that’s a woodworker.  We were discussing his wooden toy business and, selfish person that I am, I asked him about making some stick shuttles and pick-up sticks for me.  I wasn’t talking about cheap mass produced stick shuttles, I wanted the good stuff.  Pretty woods.  Things that I would love looking at as much as I would enjoy using.  I knew he would take pride in them, using the same care as he does with his wooden toys, and that I would get nicely sanded, smooth, splinter-free woods.  He did not disappoint.  I now have a gorgeous purpleheart stick shuttle that I will cherish.  I loved it so much that John has opened a new shop on 1000 Markets and will now be selling them in a selection of woods.  And, to quote from his shop page, “And just like my toys, for every 5 weaving tools sold, a tree will be planted through a donation to the Arbor Day Foundation .”  How awesome is that!

To celebrate the opening of John’s shop and to help get the word out, I’m giving one** away for free!   What’s even better is you get to choose the wood, the size, and whether you want a stick shuttle or pick-up stick.  First you have to go to his shop, Tools of the Loom, and take a look at the items.  There’s a list on the left side of the page that has the different woods grouped together.  After you’ve decided which would be the perfect stick or shuttle for you, leave a comment on this here blog.  You don’t have to type anything specific.  You can just say Hi!,  you can say which one is your favorite wood, you can say Boo, or you can just type a number.  Anything works.  (I’ll be using the random number generator to pick the winner.)  The only thing required is you need to leave a valid email address where I can reach you if you’re the lucky winner. The winner’s item will be shipped directly from the shop.  Contest ends at midnight PST on October 15.

**I’ve been doing some thinking about this and have come to this decision – it almost seems unfair to have to choose between a $5 item and a $28 item so the winner can choose however many items they want up to a $28  limit.  You could get a combination of  pick-up sticks in different woods, combo of pick-up sticks and shuttles, a 24″ shuttle, etc.

I would love it if you would help spread the word, whether it be by blog post, Twitter, Facebook, whatever you choose.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to decide which one I want next.

76 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sandy
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 10:28:27

    Seriously? I would love the pick-up stick/shuttle combo in the Zebrawood. OMG that is some gorgeous stuff! Thanks for the link!


  2. rowen
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 11:17:14

    thanks for the contest! those little stick shuttles are so lovely. nice for card or inkle i bet!



  3. Janice
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 11:27:35

    Pretty! I can’t decide between the Zebrawood or the Walnut (or the Wenge or the Bloodwood).


  4. bety
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 11:28:24

    Beautiful wood work, I love the the Zebrawood and Bloodwood, just lovely . You wnat to to mention it to the RH Loom group on Rav, I post on my blog to look at yours so they can follow the thread, I get a fun bunch of weaver there often enough. Good Luck from a fellow 1kmarket vendor. 😉


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  6. Janice in GA
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 11:39:51

    Call me an old stick-in-the-mud, but to me, you can’t get much nicer wood than walnut. Or zebrawood.


  7. grecowoodcrafting
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 11:55:53

    I just wanted to take a moment to thank Restless here for not only her inspiration, but also for hosting this wonderful contest.

    Thank you all, as well, for the kind words. I am truly happy to see people enjoying my work 🙂

    Kindest Regards,

    -John Greco
    Greco Woodcrafting


  8. Kathie
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 12:08:54

    Beautiful shuttles and pick up sticks.
    It’s so nice that John was willing to branch out into our turf!
    It’s hard to pick a favorite wood. I’d have to go with mix and match!

    I’ll post this to my guild’s website 🙂


  9. Christy
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 12:30:49

    I love the walnut and the zebrawood shuttles. Just beautiful.


  10. chris
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 12:35:00

    The purpleheart and zebrawood really float my boat.


  11. Liz
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 12:46:22

    I love the Zebrawood, but I would be pleased as punch with any of them.


  12. Diana
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 12:49:36

    Very beautiful! I think I would be happy with any of them, quite honestly, but the zebrawoood shuttle is probably my top. I quite liked the yellowheart and the wenge too.

    I used to work with some exotic woods myself – leopard wood and such – they’re all amazingly beautiful and unique.


  13. dawnmacfall
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 12:58:29

    The zebrawood shuttle has it!


  14. dawnmacfall
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 13:02:06

    Ohhh but looking at the bloodwood is so awesome also! Too many to choose from!


  15. Sharolene
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 13:10:17

    I love my weaving tools in fine woods. Cherry, Walnut & Zebrawood are my favs. Thanks for holding this drawing. Fabulous!


  16. Gail
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 13:22:38

    Love the Zebra wood –


  17. Sande Francis
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 13:24:06

    I would love to be able to choose a couple of the belt shuttles. Too hard to pick just one wood. I dont use pickup sticks much, so I left a msg for John to think about making lease sticks. 🙂 Now those are some sticks I would use, over and over again.


  18. Elisa
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 13:25:37

    Your friend does lovely work. I’d have a *very* hard time choosing since I love all those woods. Thanks for talking him into providing for us poor weavers. 😉


  19. Aileen
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 13:27:59

    I am a sucker for mohagany – the zebra wood is spectacular as well!

    Nicely done, all ’round!


  20. Sandy C
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 14:10:47

    Thank you for calling attention to these beautiful tools. I just got a new wider loom and was about to order shuttles and these are nicer than what i was looking at.

    I love either the zebrawood and/or wenge which will contrast nicely with my light colored loom. I esp like the 18 inch shuttle but would also love the 18 inch shuttle/pick up stick combo.


  21. Sharon Coleman
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 14:15:24

    I love the mohagony…they would be beautiful in Bird’s eye maple also! Good luck with the new business! Your friend has a wonderful product.


  22. Sharon Coleman
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 14:22:36

    Oops…I actually meant to say walnut as my favorite with mahogony as a close second! Still think the birdseye maple would be lovely.


  23. jill sanders
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 14:26:55

    yellow heart wood it is beautiful with yarn wrapped around it.


  24. Toni
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 14:49:26

    The walnut ones got me! My first ever loom is arriving tomorrow, so I’m not even sure what all these tools are for, but they sure are pretty!


  25. Patrese
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 14:52:43



  26. monica
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 15:11:43

    You stuff is so beautful. i am having a heart time deciding. But I personally think I like the mahogany. But I have to say they are all beautful. It is so hard to decide what i would like because I am a new weaver and I need everything. I think I would totally love the 10″ combo (shuttle and pickup stick and the 8″ stick shuttle. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

    Great work:)


  27. Nancy Pope
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 15:36:35

    The Zebra wood is just beautiful


  28. diane
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 15:55:50

    what a nice contest~~all the woods are beautiful~~how will we ever decide


  29. Sue
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 16:00:18

    What a great friend to havem his work is beautiful. It would be difficult to make a choice.


  30. Julie
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 16:06:03

    Awesome!!!!! Anything in walnut would be exceptional. Thanks for the giveaway.


  31. Trisha
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 16:17:05

    Oh my, I would love a 12″ Combo Stick Shuttle & Pick Up Stick in Wenge–just beautiful!


  32. Julia Drury
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 16:42:08

    For me it’s a toss up between walnut and yellowheart. Very lovely tools. I haven’t got my rigid heddle loom yet, and I’m champing at the bit!


  33. Karen Ellis
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 16:57:28

    Wow, they’re all so beautiful! I could definately use a 6″ stick shuttle (for card and inkle weaving). The Wenge is my favorite. 🙂



  34. Sherri A
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 17:18:12

    I first fell in love with wenge from my association with guitars, so when I saw there was wenge listed, I thought, “Oh, that is what I would want” ~ and then I looked around. I really can’t say which is the most beautiful.

    Fantastic use of the wood. That is some true artistry. I’ll drop a note about the shop and the contest onto my blog.


  35. Kurt Fowler
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 17:32:50

    I think those pick-up sticks are too wide for your average rigid heddle loom, but the woods are nice.

    Loominaria at Weavolution


  36. LynnM
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 17:33:44

    I love the zebra wood, although all of them are beautiful, and would make weaving more fun!


  37. Cmtigger
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 17:37:16

    I have a weakness for pretty woods…. Purpleheart is a favorite, I love bloodwood too. I’ve been eyeing some wenge tools.
    I’d go with a few small shuttles for inkle weaving.


  38. impstar
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 17:48:55

    I totally want that 10″ zebrawood pick up stick/shuttle combo. Lovely.


  39. Lauren
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 18:55:28

    There is someone else who is shocked when they realize that they have a friend?? They are all lovely.


  40. Crow
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 19:06:52

    Love the Zebrawood–probably the 12″ combo, but definitely the Zebrawood.


  41. Vicki White
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 19:24:11

    I’m a sucker for anything Purpleheart. Beautiful items. How about some lease sticks next?


  42. dorothy in wyoming
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 21:24:27

    Yummy tools and woods. Grin any chance we can talk your friend into making a 3 to 4 inch wide stick shuttle with a beveled edge? We tablet and inkle weavers used the edge to beat our weft into place… Grin a small shuttle like that and a 6″ pick up stick would be heavenly especially in Walnut or Zebrawood.


  43. Debi
    Oct 08, 2009 @ 23:24:17

    Very pretty sticks and shuttles. I love the Bloodwood and the Zebrawood.


  44. InJuneau
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 00:16:04

    Wow, those are just all so beautiful. I love the 12″ combo set, and walnut or bloodwood or mahogany or zebrawood or…


  45. Caroline
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 04:49:05

    What beautiful craftmanship. I love the zebra wood ones :o)

    cj x


  46. Karin Roepel
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 05:55:20

    Wonderfull stuff, I should have checked my husbands woodworking abilities before I married him. Along with his aptitude for loom functioning.


  47. Cynthia
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 07:28:09

    Wow, these are really beautiful! It would be a difficult choice between the mahogany and the bloodwood, mmm……

    Thank you very much to you and your craftsman friend for offering this contest for us – much appreciated!


  48. KathyN
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 07:47:35

    I’d be hardpressed to choose between the zebrawood & the yellowheart–so different & yet so beautiful!


  49. Jenadina
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 07:48:52

    Wow, zebra wood is beautiful! His stuff is really nice. I’d love to see him make shed swords for us backstrap/navajo weavers (like the pickup sticks, but with one edge beveled for beating). I would absolutely buy one!


  50. Kelly W. Pratt
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 09:41:11

    Cool Beans! Thanks for the chance.


  51. Mary Beth
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 11:22:03

    Thank so much for doing this! I am very new to weaving, so anything I could win would be great! I have lots to learn!


  52. Jeannine Martino
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 11:35:06

    Wow, I am going to be placing an order too. but I am leaving comment for giveaway, Would love love love the 24″ stick shuttle, walnut.
    Love that they have the beveled edge, I have been looking for one that is longer then 6″.
    Beautiful work, Good Luck to you and I will be spreading the word


  53. skimpysmom
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 11:43:42

    never won anything before, would be great 🙂


  54. Cyndilou
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 12:29:16

    Oh my goodness gracious — he really does do beautiful work! I think my choices will take a little more thought, but even if I don’t win I’ll certainly be ordering from your friend!


  55. Susie
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 13:28:32

    Thanks for introducing me to these great items! I am very curious how the squared ends will work – who knows, maybe I will get to try…
    Purpleheart and yellowheart would be my choice – 8″ pick up stick and/or shuttle – or whatever you would like to send would be a treat!


  56. Jen
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 16:38:42

    Lovely! Osage Orange-aka-Yellowheart is always my favorite. If it wasn’t such a heavy wood, I’d figure out a way to make a small rigid heddle loom out of it, just for the joy factor. 🙂


  57. Debbie
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 20:01:25

    Love them all. Would be a hard decision.


  58. Mary
    Oct 09, 2009 @ 20:54:17

    Gorgeous! I’d love the 24″ stick shuttle in Purpleheart.


  59. Barbara Fessler
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 06:35:01

    Beautiful shuttles. Love the zebrawood!


  60. Rae
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 10:19:56

    I love those shuttles and pick up sticks… can’t decide if I like the zebrawood more or my old favorite purpleheart.


  61. Alisa Siceloff
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 11:26:22

    The Zebrawood is amazing! I love these….I only have the plywood ones that came with my loom and these are out of sight! (:


  62. skepweaver
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 16:00:32

    Those are lovely items. Thanks for sharing!



  63. Sue
    Oct 10, 2009 @ 20:14:44

    They are all beautiful….and I could be happy with any
    of those magnificent woods.



  64. joon
    Oct 11, 2009 @ 09:51:59

    Those are all beautiful. It’s so difficult to chose what is most beautiful, but my favorite would be zebra and walnut!
    Thank you for ‘Not-a-contest Contest’!!


  65. PattyAnne
    Oct 11, 2009 @ 10:08:56

    I LOVE the zebrawood!!!!


  66. Christina
    Oct 11, 2009 @ 10:35:53

    Gorgeous! So many pretty woods…


  67. Steven
    Oct 12, 2009 @ 07:26:48

    Thanks! Like I needed one more place to spend money! 😀 Now, just picking out which wood I wouldn’t want. Yikes.


  68. Deb Tripp
    Oct 12, 2009 @ 08:08:10

    Beautiful! I want some for me and also would make great Christmas gifts for the weavers on my list!


  69. miukat
    Oct 12, 2009 @ 08:52:57

    What beautiful tools! Thanks for hosting this contest. All of the woods are just gorgeous!!! I’d have to mix and match-can’t just choose one!


  70. doreen
    Oct 12, 2009 @ 16:00:15

    Oh my, the zebrawood is gorgeous! I wish I could find a loom made with this craftmanship!


  71. knitspaz
    Oct 12, 2009 @ 17:50:10

    the zebrawood is exquisite! but any of them would be a treasured tool!
    beautiful work!


  72. Davasdu
    Oct 15, 2009 @ 10:33:42

    i could realy do with some pick up sticks for backtrap weaving and the walnut ones are just gorgeous, beautiful craftsmanship


  73. Kirsten
    Oct 15, 2009 @ 13:00:55

    Thank you for making such lovely useful tools!
    The 14″ walnut stick shuttle and the 6″ walnut combo set would be dreamy!
    Good luck with this venture! Goodness knows we need more handmade quality!


  74. Donna S.
    Oct 15, 2009 @ 17:00:08

    I’ve always loved purpleheart but man that zebrawood is beautiful!!


  75. Alison
    Oct 15, 2009 @ 17:11:18

    Very nice! I can’t choose a favorite!


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