We have all heard the saying “Good things take time.” As I work on these new ornaments, I am finding that statement to be true. While in my mind I start out thinking that they could all be done in a day, in reality, they cannot. I still have too many ideas jumbled up in my head and I have to do all I can not to be overwhelmed by them. There are only so many directions that I can think of at once without being completely stopped from overload. I found that for me the best th...
I had fun yesterday, although it was a day of trial and error. As I see the ideas that I had been working on come to be, I experienced feelings of both excitement and some apprehension. I think we all go through times of when we envision something that we are making, only to have it come out not exactly as we pictured it in our heads This isn’t always a bad thing, as sometimes it comes out even better than we imagined. But sometimes it just comes up a little bit different than expe...
I got some of the beach wood processed and Wow! Nice stuff. I have some of the best Flamed maple that I have seen and also some nice spalted (I think) birch and some 1/4 sawn Port Orford Cedar . Check it out. Oregon Burls
I had a wonderfully productive day of finishing up phase 1 of my new tray yesterday. As the day before, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the saw and seeing the tray come to life was a fun experience. I was also pleased with the good response that I received from everyone regarding the design. There were lots of inquiries as to when the pattern would be available, which is a good indicator that it will be popular. While I will not be able to sell the pattern until after the May issue of C...
I can’t even begin to tell you all what a good day yesterday was! It felt so good to get back at the saw and actually see some of my new ideas become real. I was beginning to worry, because after being away from things for a couple of weeks, I just didn’t feel like things were going to work out well. It is funny how we do that to ourselves. It seems we have these demons inside of us that whisper doubts in the back of our minds and cause us to doubt ourselves. Many times we li...
After quite a busy day yesterday, I am happy to say that I almost accomplished everything that I set out to do. For me, that is as good as anything. While I didn’t get my little tree changed over to Christmas yet, I did finish painting the new ornaments and charms for the pattern packet. I had to wait to take the final pictures for the packets, and I will be doing that today. I found that the DecoArt Craft Twinkle paint (the sparkle paint) that I used on these takes a bit of time ...
Part of what I love most about my job is that I get to ‘play’ and make cool things. While there are certainly many other requirements of running a business and keeping things in order, I still feel very fortunate for being able to call what I do a ‘job.’ Yesterday I worked on another new project. I showed you all a picture of one of the new ornaments that was in the set that I was creating, but that was only part of it. While the word ornaments were nice, I though...
Our hike began with a sense of fun and small adventure through a parade of awaiting sticker bushes and many fallen trees laid out before us like a maze of dominoes in there felled awkward patterns. I felt so blessed to have my father leading the way down the slopes of leaves and enjoying his memories about the hillside with so many tales from his experienced 75 years. We were up for taking a chance at finding some birch wood for spoons and kuksa, not much of the fine tree stands in the cur...
I decided to use some of my wood stock to make some trays. I started with a piece of wood that I needed help identifying and had help from fellow lumberjocks to do that. It turned out it was birch which I planed down and cut to the size of 25” long x 7 1/2” wide x 13/16” thick: For 3” at each end, on the underside of the piece, I routed out a depth of 5/16” using a bowl bit: (This was cleaned up afterwards with a sander.) Here you can see the profile ...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #886: Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!
I woke up this morning and it was already light out. That alone told me that I had overslept. But there was a reason for doing so, as it was quite a ‘busy’ night. It seems that Keith’s cold has quite a hold on him. What started as a stuffy nose and some aches and pains now turned into a nasty cough. As a result, he was up much of the night trying to get comfortable and find a place where he could settle, as every time he laid down he began to cough. Of course, the cats...
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