It has truly been one big adventure here on LJ’s. It was only because of Mike (Stefang) insistence that I joined LJ’s. And boy am I pleased that I did and he was so persistent. Initially I was mainly interested in making a box for my scrollwork to be displayed better
My first attempt at finger joints
I had done the basics back in high school but I thought all that was long gone from the old grey matter. Apparently woodworking is like riding a bike – you might be a bit rusty but you never quite forget how.
My first ‘great’ project-way back in high school. The teacher designed it and us kids made it using jigs and lathes etc. sorry about the dodgy pic
Anyway as you can see from the way my projects have changed over the past year, I have graduated from basic
to interesting to
…..well, pretty good (even if I do say so myself!) I managed to make that box and several others and progress to more complex things. (well for me anyway) I am exploring all facets of woodworking and including other hobbies that can be associated or combined with wood, like etching mirrors that have to be framed.
Mums Wren mirror
I have to admit some of the things I have made, still have me stunned that I actually made them and made them well! One of those projects, of course would definitely have to be the boot I carved as part of Jordans shoe challenge. It certainly was a challenge for me but it opened my eyes so much that after having done that course I was convinced that I could do anything if only I try it.
Yes I had failures but with each failure there was a lesson learnt, maybe even a few lessons learnt! I am really amazed at just how far I have come in the last 12 months. And I can honestly say that if it weren’t for LJers I would not be at the competent stage I am now. I feel very comfortable with most of my tools and use them with confidence instead of being timid with them. You might laugh but chisels were a classic. I never had enough ability to use them confidently, I wasn’t scared but not confident. Now I can just pick one up and carve a minute slice or gouge a crevice.
Timely reminders here about health and safety from individuals all add up to being productive and professional about working in the workshop. Like being careful with certain machines, like the bandsaw and actually using those dust masks and hearing protections thingos.
One of the most ironic things that has come about recently is,- NOW – My husband comes to ME for answers concerning woodworking.
Anyway thanks LJs, this year certainly has been alot of fun
-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/