Well it has been a long time since I blogged and I’m not sure how Blog worthy this will be.
Well you have all met young Ryan, one of my Jolly Rouges. He got a a Top Three for his first project with his Creepie/Stool. That made him so proud that he even chose the picture for his avatar on Facebook. That has led him to have the confidence to go on to further projects even a Commission for another stool for one of his carers. I know furniture designer/makers that have not yet had a commission. I wander.
Well Ryan is also a keen Pool player and was at the finals last week where he came second in the European Singles Championship.
What has all this to do with woodwork you may ask. Well in anticipation for the finals he decided to make a case for his pool cue. Yes this is the woodworking project. However the project was not finished on time, not his fault though. I’ve been rather ill since December so I’m to blame. So when he returns there will not be any rush, until two weeks before next years final, you know the story. :)
Another delay is that he has a scrollsaw project that he is busy on that he wants to finish. Yes he has also started on the scrollsaw after I rebuilt an el cheapo and converted it to pin-less blades, Lots of help from LJs Sheila Landry & William thanks guys. He is getting really good on the scrollsaw which is surprising considering that it is me who is doing the teaching and I’ve yet to finish a scrollsaw project myself, just lots of tips & help again from Sheila, main thing is that he is enjoying himself,
Ok now what has Kens project got to do with all this. Well being that scrolling is new to our shop we dont have much in the way of equipment. Especially with fine blades keys and the other bits that you use. So after getting in touch with Ken he has helped us to make one like his. So this is going to be Ryan’s new project. I will keep you posted. I managed to buy another scrollsaw a Hegner that I got on eBay for a fair price. Thing is now the others all want to try scrolling. I think I will have to make a rota or they could arm wrestle for a turn :) or do some sanding.
Other bit of news is that I’ve another Jolly Rouge called Rosalyn or just Roz who is a Girl (we dont get many much the pity). I think I may blog about her later.
I’ve not had a lot of time to make a lot myself due to health. My bypass failed and I hoped to have surgery earlier this year. As it turns out the risks of any operation are to high. So I’m on a liquid diet for ever. I may have wandered again…..............................
My reason for getting the scrollsaw set up as I wanted to have something for me to do post op as the last time I was not able to do much for six weeks. My plan was to get timber ready so that I could do scrolling during recuperation. I had patterns from Sheila, watched her tutorials and even commissioned a design from Sheila for a product that I knew would sell. Oh! the project. Well I was going to make a series of lamps with religious symbols cut out and coloured glass on the back.
The upside of all this is that I’ve learned a new skill. I’m busy with this at the moment.
Thanks for reading
-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe