I decided I need to plug my business with a recent article in Western outdoor News (WON). But I wanted it to look nice, so I made a mahogany frame with lap jointed corners and wenge plugs. I used dye and coated with lacquer. My artist buddy Jeff Sprecher happened to have a mat cutter and cut the mat that went into the frame. I had a custom piece of glass cut for it at the local glass shop. I love how it came out. I created the booth in CAD to begin designing something (I ha...
What an odd day yesterday was. It was filled with ups and down so much I felt like I was on a roller coaster. I couldn’t figure out if I was supposed to be crabby or not. For every time something stupid happened, something good seemed to follow to remind me that it isn’t that bad and restore my faith in the day. Even with the day behind me, I can’t quite figure out whether it was a good one or not. I think I will label it ‘good’ and leave it at that. I follo...
I made a great deal of progress yesterday cutting out the little shamrocks. I had some things to do in the morning and didn’t wind up really starting to set up things until just after lunch, so I got a later start than I intended. Still, I was able to cut out all 15 pieces (double stacked) and at least finish with that for the day. I didn’t get to sanding them and oiling them, but I will be doing that today, as well as cutting out the 15 smaller versions which can be used for p...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #607: "And Now For Something Completely Different"
For some strange reason, yesterday I just decided to switch gears. I still have the final proof reading of the boot pattern to do, but I wanted to get away from it for a day and move on to something else. Besides, we are looking at a site update by the weekend and I wanted to have something new up there for March that others will also like to do. So I refocused. And here is what I came up with: Well . . . part of it anyway. You didn’t really think that I was going to show ...
I”m sure most of you have had time to watch TV and what the news stories have been reporting, New york city tested someone to TRY to live on 50.000 a year and now in Miami Fla, they are talking about someone that can’t live on 75,0000.What kind of life style do these people expect to live on in this economy, Some of us have to cut back and do without luxuries. That means living like some of us poor people live all the time.I have been brought up with this pounded into my head,...
I spent most of yesterday writing the pattern packet for the little boot ornaments. Writing one pattern doesn’t seem like it should take a full day, but I finished it around 9:30 at night. It turned out to be 18 pages long. That’s a lot for 12 ornaments. It is like a small book. But after looking at it, I don’t think it is too much. It is just what it needs to be. No more. No less. Here is the cover picture from it: I find that creating painting pattern packets...
I am a bit late in posting today because there was a little switch-up on our schedule. We decided to get to the gym as early as possible so we could get back here as soon as possible and get to work. I think Keith is feeling the same sense of being overwhelmed as I have been feeling the past couple of days. There always seems so much to do and last night at 9:30 as we were both still working on stuff for the business, I heard him mutter “why aren’t there 48 hours in a day?”...
I am afraid you are all going to get the cheap version of the blog today. There is just so much I want to accomplish and it is already later than usual. I had one of those strange evenings where I was thinking so much that I couldn’t sleep. So much to plan and do. At about 4am I finally gave up and came out in the living room to read through some things on the computer, but after a bit, I fell asleep again on the couch and when I woke up it was already almost 8am. For me that is qu...
Today will be a fun day. We are going to our friend Bernie’s shop to dress some wood and bring it back here. It was Bernie’s birthday earlier this week and we are also going to have a celebration dinner there, as it isn’t only his birthday, but also his daughter’s, too. This is an annual event that we have and we are looking forward to not only a wonderful dinner, but a good day in the shop, too. For those of you who aren’t aware, my partner Keith and I liv...
I had a pretty productive day yesterday. Among other things, I finished up painting my samples of the little witches’ boots. I now have all twelve done and today I will be creating the pattern packet and doing the ‘good photography’ on them. I did take some quick snapshots this morning so I have something to show you all. Here are the pictures of them for now: I didn’t set the light box up or anything like that so the coloring isn’t quite right, bu...
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