Each show I attend, I make a point of featuring one stand… this year at the Timber and Working with Wood Show the stand that caught my eye ..My good friend Brian’s company, Sitco, had a great display of Solomon Island Queen Ebony including some great carvings from the Islands… Not a great set up but the timber and the carvings really stood out.. I managed to pick up some small sticks of the Ebony for use as accents in a lazy larry or two, and also as stripes in a c...
Here we are at Monday again already. It is hard to believe that another weekend has come and gone again. I spent the majority of the day yesterday working on the pattern packet for the Grizzly Pull Toy and I do believe that it is finished. I only need to have it proof read and it will be ready to go. I wound up putting 19 step-by-step photos in the pattern and that is what seemed to take much of the time for me. I realize that it may be a bit of overkill, but after talking to lots of pe...
One thing that I like so much about my job is that there is such a great variety of steps that need to be done in order to keep everything running smoothly. The saying that “necessity breeds invention” comes to mind when I am in the midst of doing so many of these other tasks. For someone such as myself, who is trying to make a living on my designing abilities, learning all the different aspects of what it takes to not only design patterns, but to produce and market them is a ...
Will I ever get tired of seeing how walnut seems to come to life when it is finished with oil and spray shellac? I doubt it. Walnut is just one of my all time favorite woods. I think that I could make just about anything using walnut and as long as I take the time to finish it properly, it will look impressive. I cut another candle tray out yesterday. The wood I used was (you guessed it!) walnut! This time I made a moose scene and it seemed to me that walnut was really the only choice ...
A special Thank you to Mike, superdav721,Jack,Dave,Dbray45,Rtim,Dennis,Patron,mtnwild,Bertha,Rodger Clark,Mel,Fernando,D1st,Darell, And Bert, Those who voted for my business I Now have 27 votes And counting :)I know times like these are hard for businesses but having friends like here on LJ’s really helps I am trying to get at least 100 votes to help put me into the top few so I definitely need your help guy’s help yet :) Rules are you can only vote once so I really need to get mo...
I had a very productive day yesterday. I was able to get the next candle tray cut out entirely, as well as sand and finish the butterfly tray and the new one. The more I work with my new saw the more I like it. I have never had a lamp that was attached to the saw like that before and it is a vast improvement over having my little task lamp and having to move it around so that I can turn my pieces when cutting. It is great that it is out of the way. There are however a couple of things ...
I had a fairly good day yesterday. The past several days when I wasn’t feeling so well, I was able to draw up three new candle tray patterns and they were all at the point where they were ready to be cut. In keeping with my own tradition, I like to tackle the most difficult/time consuming one first. I don’t know why I like to work this way, but for me it always feels good to do the hardest thing when I feel the freshest. I really liked the way the butterfly candle tray looke...
Little by little I am beginning to feel a bit better. I felt better yesterday than Monday and I feel better today than yesterday. As long as I feel there is improvement, I am happy. I went to see my own doctor yesterday and she confirmed that there was swelling in my back. I got one more prescription to help with that so hopefully that will also help me get back to normal quickly. I was happy to hear from her that she thought I should move around and not just stay sitting or in bed. In ...
Good Morning, This morning I applied to be nominated for a small business grant worth $50,000 to hire employees and grow. I need My LJ buddies to vote and post to help get the numbers up here is the link below http://business.intuit.com/directory/info-impressions-woodcraft-akron-oh I know without a doubt you guy’s will definitely help I Thank you in advance, Please help me grow and give a couple people a job :)
I started this little adventure into Woodworking just over a year ago. It has been quite the God send as an escape from the mind numbing boredom that can result from permanent Disability. In that time I have learned enough to fill an encyclopedia, although I have just scratched the surface in terms of overall knowledge. In the beginning I tried to get it done on the cheap with a mixture of Shopsmith & Harbor Freight Tools. After 6 months of “practicing” the craft I realized...
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