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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 10-07-2010 05:20 PM 826 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Oct. 7/10

Today as I was carving out the toe area of my shoe (yes, it still looks like a shoe at this point!) I was contemplating what I could write about in my blog and thought that I wouldn’t have anything to say. (I know you boys are surprised at that and are probably breathing a sigh of relief as well)—but …. :)

With my Dremel in hand I started thinking of when I first bought the tool. (Note: I was thinking BETWEEN carving sections… focus, focus, focus.) Anyway, I realized that when I first bought my Dremel I was excited about the possibilities.

After a couple of little projects the Dremel pretty much sat idle, basically because the wood I had was not conducive to beginner carvers. And because of this difficulty I needed help. I searched for (and requested) tutorials and videos on carving with a Dremel. But I never found anything that was of help to me. And so my little Dremel set has sat all alone, other than the few times that I have used it for the drill press abilities for scrollsaw work.

That all seems so long ago but since I’ve only been a LumberJock for 3+ years, in the big scheme of things, three years ago is basically yesterday! So, for three years I waited.. actually forgetting about my desire to try carving things with the Dremel. And then along comes Jordan who proposes offering a carving class. I threw my hat into the ring and have been “carving”. We started this journey a week ago but it wasn’t until today that I realized that I was fulfilling a wish! I’ve been so caught up in not letting fear stop me from doing this that I had forgotten about the joy that is part of the experience.

I think this wisdom was pointed out by a few people already—relax and have fun—but my mind was elsewhere.

And today – it’s a whole new ballgame! I’m carving. With my Dremel. And having fun. And it isn’t that difficult or frustrating. Yet.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)



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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 10-07-2010 07:09 PM

What, no pictures?

Ha.

Have fun.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Jordan

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#2 posted 10-07-2010 08:47 PM

What – it’s not frustrating or difficult? I’ll have to work on that!

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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MsDebbieP

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#3 posted 10-07-2010 10:01 PM

pictures are all in my mind… :)

funny Jordan. funny—you have to remember that I was working with pine before!! See? Now THAT is frustrating and difficult!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 10-08-2010 03:11 PM

Started my Dremel work yesterday, Debbie. It is FUN! I know you will have fun too! It will only get the best of you if you let it. WE won’t let that happen to you!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 10-08-2010 03:28 PM

the Dremel part is cool ..not frustrating at all, now that I’m working with a good piece of wood – and I have the right teacher (thank you Jordan) and a super support system!.

This morning I envisioned my next project—which might just start unfolding in-between shoe carving.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 10-08-2010 03:32 PM

I’ve been doing that too, Debbie! My head is spinning with the possibilities. I have done a few shaping projects, but this is the first real ‘carving’ besides a leaf pin I did. I can’t wait to learn the techniques someone as successful as Jordan uses in his complicated carvings. I am sure that some of it will sink and I will be able to apply it to my own ideas and build on them. This is so much bigger than a shoe!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 10-08-2010 04:01 PM

I agree.
I “need” that specific “how to” in order to feel comfortable .. I’m getting that (thanks Jordan) and now the creative side of me is getting ready to fly!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#8 posted 10-09-2010 02:35 AM

Looking forward to the pics Deb.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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