As many of you know, I not only design woodworking patterns, but also I love to paint. While some of the woodworkers that I come across shun putting any type of paint on wood, others like to embrace the idea of adding to their projects with color. As for myself – I see the advantages of both. There are times when wood is best left to its natural beauty and other times when you can really do your projects a favor by adding color. I suppose it depends on the project and situation. I...
Finally finished up the first two: And just in time as it seems our friends are all having babies at once. So I’m trying some others and practicing on the lathe. The two dumbbell shaped ones below are similar to the above two. Still need to be sanded and finished. I read about painting / staining with food coloring so I think I will try that with the lighter one. I also bought some walnut and birch dowels, cut them and hollowed them out with the router. I then filled th...
I am happy to say that we got all the new items posted on the site and everything is updated. Things have been fast and furious here and we find that we are updating a little more often. Our usual schedule was to do so about twice a month, but it seems that we have so many new things coming out that every other week is a bit better. I think it is better to have slightly more frequent updates rather than a longer time in between where we have so many new things that it may become overwhelmin...
A few weeks back, my sister-in-law asked if I would build then an entertainment unit. Currently they have shelves below their wall-mounted flat-panel, but their little one is just starting to walk, and keeping components on the shelves is no longer a reasonable option. The space is very shallow (about 12”) due to an archway on the adjoining wall and moderately wide (about 36”). They just couldn’t find anything that would work, even if they were willing to spend big bucks. So...
I suppose I could blame it on the previous week. My back was still sore. I was feeling poopie about some of the things with my job in general. The cats got me up early and I was kind of tired. Whatever the reason, I would think it is pretty safe to describe Saturday as a “less-than-inspiring” day. We all have them I suppose. But most people don’t put their creative lives out here on the internet every day for all to see. After almost three years of doing so, and near...
I had a very productive day yesterday. After being slowed down last week by not feeling my best, I can’t begin to tell you how good it felt just to feel like myself again and really get some things accomplished. For a change, I not only met the goals that I had set for myself for the day, but I exceeded them. (Geeze – do you think I set them too low??) I had wanted to finish up the drawing on my latest project. With the mornings becoming cooler each day, I can feel the inevi...
What a beautiful morning it is! One would think that starting the day with a mundane chore like putting the garbage on the curb would be poopie, but I think with the right point of view, even something like that could be pleasant. Yes – I know I am crazy! Shortly after it got light out, I was making my morning coffee and saw my Google reminder that today was garbage day. While I waited for the water to boil I thought I may as well get it to the curb early. There was a foggy mist...
I often hear from people how much they wish they could be like me every day and just scroll saw or paint all day, every day. While I know that I feel very fortunate to be doing what I am doing, that isn’t always the case. Those of you who have been following me for any length of time realize that the actual scroll sawing or painting is only a small part of the process of owning your own business, and that those times are sometimes few and far between. I am not complaining though, a...
It’s funny how you can take the same thing and make it look so completely different. I guess that I why I like painting so much. Even though I do appreciate the beauty of the natural colors of wood, there are times when it just isn’t possible or practical to use natural and exotic wood. My friend Cari and I used to have a lumber yard nearby when we lived in Oak Lawn, a suburb of Chicago. This was back when I had just started to scroll saw, as Cari and her father are the ones ...
It’s still early in the morning and I have already been at work getting things organized and attending to ‘desk work.’ I am almost caught up though and I feel a bit better about things and like it will be a productive day. Sometimes it is hard to keep up with all the paperwork and stuff – especially when there are other deadlines due. Not to mention keeping the house in order and doing the regular chores like laundry and cooking and cleaning. There are times when I...
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