First of all I want to start by thanking everyone for the kind words of support we received yesterday. After a trying day on Thursday, it felt good to hear from so many of you and know that we have so many followers and friends that do care and appreciate all that we do. I am not going to allow a couple of people to change the way I do things. We will just move forward from here and what will be, will be. Now lets change gears and talk about some fun and positive things . . . On Thursd...
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...
Sometimes when I miss a day or so blogging, it is because I need a little break and some time off. Other times it is because I am in the midst of a project and there is really nothing interesting to report. Some projects are like that and the progress can be slow – like watching a pot of water boil! And still other times, I miss because there is simply too much to do and I need to catch up on things in the quiet hours of the morning. The third example is where I seem to have been ...
So unfortunately I got carried away actually working rather than documenting the process, but I did snap this photo before I quit for the night. So far I’ve gotten all the face frame pieces cut down to final size and have marked out the tenons on the rails. I also cut a test mortise in some scrap that went through the same milling process so I can test the fit of the tenons as I cut them. The dado stack is in the saw ready to rock. I will begin cutting the joinery tonight(I ho...
My wife gave birth to our second child a few weeks ago. In preparation, we moved our 2 year old daughter from the nursery into her “big girl” room. We spent upwards of about $2000 on a bedroom set, which we are hoping will last her the next 16 or so years. I’m already disappointed in the poor quality of workmanship. We made the furniture store replace the dresser once already and I just noticed that the replacement dresser drawers are starting to hang up. I took the dra...
Yesterday was a good day for tying up loose ends. It seemed that about half the day was writing to customers and answering emails. I enjoy that part of the job though, because it really lets me get to know my customers a little better. I also get to see some of the wonderful work they do. I also have some personal correspondences to keep up with. I have one friend in particular who wrote me yesterday. She is a friend from high school, but we became friends more so when I kids were bab...
I think that I shall never see, a poem so lovely as a tree. – Joyce Kilmer Well, my trees may be poetry but they came out nice. I designed four different trees for the pond, in addition to the large tree that will be the center attraction. I am only going to include one in each set, but I will offer additional trees and lamp posts if people want more. Although the trees are relatively easy to paint, they are probably the most time consuming to cut. As I showed in a previous pos...
It is amazing to me just how much difference the way you look at something can make. Looking at something with a different attitude and perspective can magically change something from unpleasant or distasteful to something that is fun and exciting. Physically, nothing at all has really changed. Only the way we look at it. This is an incredible power that we all have within ourselves. It costs nothing, takes none of our time and all we need to do is consciously apply it and it can make al...
It is so quiet out this morning that I needed to check if we even had the windows open. They were of course, and if I listen carefully I can hear the quiet flutter of the birds in the near by tree. It appears that everyone slept in this Saturday morning. And what a morning it is! Still and calm and only a few white wispy clouds high in a bright blue sky. The temperature is perfect – I imagine it is about 70 degrees right now – and the humidity is low and at a comfortable lev...
I spent the day yesterday refining the ornaments that I showed you in yesterday's blog. Those of you who have come to know me realize that I just can't do things one way. Keith often teases me because I think of so many variations of many of the different designs that I create, but when I think of several versions of doing things, it is hard for me to only make ONE – so I make them ALL! :)I know it takes longer to do and I don't really think it matters. Even after they are f...
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