And so, with my hat in the ring, I have made the commitment to participate in the next LJ contest (Universe permitting).
Living up to this challenge has me walking with one foot on the skill-building path and the other foot in self-awareness as I seek to understand my goal of Spirit and the lessons that this opportunity is providing me.
The skill-building journey took a few steps this morning as I experimented with the beginning stages of my vision. (When the glue dries I’ll post a picture here to let everyone in on what the end product might look like.) I am overall quite pleased with the idea and I think that when (not if) I get the final product completed that it will have met my goals. Over the next few months (when is the next contest deadline???) I will, of couse, be adapting the vision, adding/adapting details and the vision will take on a life of its own.
This morning’s work/play/experimentation has also provided me with some more learning curve tidbits. 1) scroll saw blades do break and 2) stop working in pine. Having learned the lesson about weak wood, after my “wave” project has a mishap, I took extra care with the process, knowing that it was fragile. I kept the cut-out pieces attached to provide strength (brilliant idea) and I carefully moved the wood around the work area. Success – until I sat the pieces on my work-bench and what to my surprise but didn’t a piece just fall off right then and there—yup, it just fell right off.
And so, as I added some glue to put my practice piece back together, I made a mental note that it is time to make the change over from the “easy wood” to something that fits my new skill level. Of course, the cheaper pine is still great for some projects and for trial runs.
What else did I learn? That my skill at scrollsaw work is indeed getting better. The curves are getting easier, my confidence is getting stronger, and my ability to focus on the quality is overtaking the process of exploring how this works.
And so, I had better go check my gluing job. I’m sure you are dying to see what I am working on.
-- ~ Debbie, Canada (http://www.execulink.com/~yohan)