Assembly 2 years
Jillian has lived in Colorado for her whole life. When she was looking for work that involved lots of repetition and concrete operations, someone suggested that she apply to Schacht. She came here in 2017 to be a woodworker in the production department. Since then, she’s joined the assembly team in spinning wheel land making and finishing parts as well as building wheels.
Jillian started woodworking in college. As a knitter, she’s also familiar with the world of crafting—yet she’s still surprised at how many people weave and spin. She’s learned these skills herself, owning a Ladybug and a Lilli Loom. Her other hobbies include sleeping, surfing the net, playing Pokemon Go and other video games.
Office 4 years
Nate has worked at Schacht since 2015, when he and his wife moved to Colorado. (His family also includes two dogs.) He was born outside of Chicago, then lived in Indiana and Ohio. He calls Dayton his hometown.
Nate had a lot of experience in manufacturing administration before coming here: previously, he worked for a factory that made metal products. Wood is a lot less greasy, he says. At Schacht, he’s Controller and Personnel Administrator; in other words, he manages people and money.
Nate wasn’t familiar with the craft industry before coming to Schacht. He first learned to spin on a Sidekick. Now he’s a hardcore spinner: during football season, he pulls out his cherry Matchless and the bourbon to make yarn as he watches games. In the winter, he knits that yarn into beanies and scarves.
These snuggly knit accessories come in handy for his outdoor activities: mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, rock climbing. Nate also plays guitar in a band.
The Matchless is his favorite Schacht product. Someday he may get a loom to weave kilt fabrics; he likes the Black Watch plaid best.
Quality Manager and Customer Service 31 years
Cindy was born in Montana and grew up in Fort Madison, Iowa. In 1981, she moved to Colorado, where her extended family has lived. She’s lived in several places across Iowa (Danville and Iowa City) and Colorado (Estes Park, Boulder).
Cindy began working at Schacht in April 1988. She started out building Matchless spinning wheels. Around 2000, she moved into the Assembly and Production departments, working as production lead and then production manager for about a decade. When the company decided to create its first production database to handle inventory and workflow, Cindy built it. Now she works as quality manager and in customer service, as well as helping out where needed.
Cindy’s favorite work involves helping customers so they can enjoy working with their Schacht looms and wheels. Cindy calls herself a technical expert on the equipment, rather than the skills involved in spinning or weaving.
Her specialized knowledge came in handy when Schacht developed the Ladybug spinning wheel (released in 2007). It’s her favorite product because she helped design it. She thought of creating a plywood version of the Matchless wheel; she also contributed the Ladybug’s signature red wheel and its use of lightweight plastic tubing for the footmen.
Cindy’s hobbies also involve making things, from wooden toys to furniture. She’s spent years remodeling her craftsman house to keep it authentic. At home, her 2 basset hounds and 2 cats keep her company (“they’re really the same animal,” Cindy says) unless she’s visiting her partner in Pittsburgh.
Assembly 6 years
Chai was born in Thailand and came to Colorado as a newborn, when his family moved here.
Chai has worked at Schacht since 2013, spending his time sawing, woodworking, machining, and making metal parts—sort of a jack of all trades. Nowadays, he’s risen to “king of the Zoom Loom,” since he can insert the pins so quickly. Making Zoom Looms and working at the ripsaw are his favorite tasks. With the loom, he can sit down and focus on a repetitive task; with the ripsaw, he’s got to make precise cuts while he’s up and moving around.
Chai didn’t know anything about crafts when he started working here. He’s still surprised and impressed by the size and history of textile arts. When this history connects to Japan, it especially thrills him, because it’s related to his hobbies of collecting Japanese figurines and watching animé. He also enjoys photographing the beautiful scenery of Colorado. Chai has learned how to weave and has gifted looms to family members.
Assembly 15 years
Luz was born and grew up in Juarez, Chihuahua. She also has a chihuahua named Manchitos (“spotted”). In 1996, she and her mother Martha visited Colorado and decided to move here.
She has worked at Schacht since 2005. Luz assembles parts for the loom builders: cutting cords, creating accessory packs, and putting together loom accessories. Her favorite loom is the Baby Wolf, because it’s the smallest one she’s involved in making.
Luz had no experience with crafts before coming to Schacht. She’s tried crochet but hasn’t found the time to really pursue it. But she can appreciate a good-looking loom, and she likes being involved in their production.
Assembly 10 years
Va was born in Laos, grew up in Thailand, and moved to Colorado in 1998. She came to Schacht in 2009. Va makes bells and mirrors for our sister company, Mirrcyle, and boat shuttles.
She and Shoua have known each other for many years, mainly through family events. Since their husbands have the same last name, they’re considered cousins.
Outside of work, Va spends her time gardening and at family events.