I had another busy day yesterday. I had to take my kitty Coco to the vet yesterday to get a little bump on her paw checked out. Fortunately, it turned out to be nothing and she is fine. I was kind of worried that she would have to go through surgery or something like that to get it removed, but the vet said it wasn't a concern. I am sure Coco was happy as well, but she still wasn't thrilled with the ride to the vet and back (about 45 minutes each way). She was just thrilled to b...
Yesterday was busy from dawn to dusk – and beyond! I am thrilled to say that the ornaments that I drew up over the weekend were accepted for Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts holiday issue of the magazine. I am really excited about this, because I haven't done much work with them and I hope to become a regular contributor. Last year I had one of my candle trays in that publication, and I have been trying to remind myself to submit to them regularly, but I often let the time sli...
I was able to finish up my drawing yesterday. Whether or not I was able to squeak the project in under the deadline for submissions remains to be seen. I honestly was not sure of the cutoff date, but in some ways (to me, anyway) it didn't really matter. Either way I wanted to create these designs. Either way I win. As time goes by and and I do what I do longer and longer, I have discovered that there are a world of options open for me. I used to get rather tense about deadlines and t...
Above is an old sand blaster cabinet , with the right clean up and paint and some LED’s I can evision an AtomicReto Robot Head / Changing Table for the Baby’s room!!! thought I had found the perfect atomic retro table saw, just look at the 50plus years of patina on this beautiful saw,and a with a nice recent blade also . The guy told me that it was a Wizard model table saw. Wizards are pretty popular these days,not this discontinued saw, but the Harry Potter type of course. A...
Well, after two power outages that caused the loss of the last two attempts, I think I’ve got this “save” thing down. We left off last time with a admonition to make a detailed plan of the proposed final project for which the board we are about to make will be used. The next step is to select the lumber with which to make the board. This is a major step. First the species is to be determined. MDF is out! As is plywood. Rose wood is nice and so is bird’s eye maple...
It seems like it has been a long time since I made a scroll saw design. It also seems like it has been a while since I painted. Or even embroidered on my 'off hours' for that matter. While I know this isn't really the case, I find myself wondering "what actually am I accomplishing each day" and find myself scratching my head. I know that things have been getting done. I suppose that like with anything, when you really enjoy doing something, it seems like a lon...
Debbie and I love to rummage around at the backs of Department Stores (where they keep all the kitschy stuff) and search for Prints and Pictures to decorate our walls…We’re particularly fond of Photos, or artful representations, of the Icons of our generation… For example, we found this one waiting for us at a Target Store in Manchester… There are few alive who don’t recognize those four young men! Another that came home with us a little later was a Young M...
I will start off today by thanking everyone for all the kind thoughts and notes and sharing their memories of Dirk with me. I found myself reminiscing about so many wonderful people, places and times and I found much comfort in that. I thought of things that I hadn't thought of in years, and I believe that is just how Dirk would have wanted everyone to remember him. I am sure that is how we will heal. I must admit that I had very little ambition yesterday. Those of you who know me an...
It is with great sadness that I write my post today. Last night I received the news that one of my good friends and fellow woodworking designers had passed away. Dirk Boelman was not only an incredible designer. He was a much loved and respected friend. From the moment you met him, he was one of those kind of people that made you feel as if you had known him all of your life. Both he and his wife Karen always greeted you with smiles and a warm embrace. I met Dirk and Karen when I fi...
Let me start off by saying I am generally very cautious and careful when it comes to operating my tools. I like to make sure my hands are always in a safe area and my ears and eyes are protected. Today while I was working in my shop I was needed to use my router to rout out a rabbet. For some really dumb and irresponsible reason I had a T-shirt underneath my work piece. I guess my reasoning behind it was to have kind of a grip for the work piece. Like I said this was a very dumb and irrespons...
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