Thursday, March 12, 2009


Mid-March and spring is just around the corner. Can't wait to turn that corner. Can't wait until I no longer have to go out in the middle of the night to check my greenhouses for warmth on the seedlings and newly-planted rooted cuttings. Ahh. Those nights when the temperatures never fall below 40 degrees, and the daytime temps are 60 degrees or above.

Tomorrow, I start the second planting of seeds, and will continue planting seeds until about mid-April.

This is the time of the year when the days are longer, but still too short, and the space in my greenhouses is never enough. This is the second season that due to the economy, I am concerned about sales, but confident that I am making the right decisions, that the hard work of my crew will be rewarded, and that the business will succeed.

Sadly, this is also the time of the year when my passion for floats must be restrained. My writing of emails tapers off, and I take longer to answer the emails that friends have sent. Those who know me well understand what I have to do, and that as soon as the rush of spring is over, my time to get back into the world of glass fishing floats will come again.

I write this to let the readers who have been following this blog, know why my posts will have to possibly stop. There can be no more staying up until 3:00 A.M. writing. I get up with the sun, and when it's sunny, get out to the seed house to water right away. My ability to research is reined in, and my mind must be preoccupied with something other than floats, and stories.

There are many more posts to write, and if I can find the time to write during this spring, I will, but there can be no promises.

Keep checking back from time to time. Eventually I will get back to it.

Until then, I want to wish everyone good health, success in all of your endeavors, and at least one great float, bottle, etc., to enter your collections.

The photos above are hints of posts to come. If you click on most of the photos in this blog, they will enlarge.


  1. Anonymous3:33 PM

    Hello Tom!
    The photo of 4 floats in this post, are these curio floats or old fishing floats?
    Best Regards,

  2. Hi Roger,
    In that photo are four Northwestern Glass Co. floats. All are genuine, and not curios. The purple and green colored floats were found packed away in an attic here in the mid-Atlantic. They were packed in a box, wrapped in newspapers dated 1952. Both are in pristine shape, and I believe, were never used. Also, both floats are marked with NWGC logos and numbers. The color is not the glass. Instead, they were dipped in lacquer. The dipping is so good, that one has to look very closely before realizing that it is not the color of the glass. I have seen that done before on a couple of Ebay auction floats. The coloring was red, and most likely done for identification.