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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #442: Challenge of the Day - Self-Discipline

08-26-2011 01:06 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

After what seems like a very long time, it is good to be back to doing some drawing again. It hasn’t been that I haven’t had ideas, but more because there just seems like so many other things get in the way. I look back on my own productivity and wonder if I should be more disciplined in what I am doing. Sometimes I think that is the answer, but then there are other times when I know that the other stuff that I do is necessary also to keep things running smoothly and everyone h...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #441: Go While the Going is Good!

08-25-2011 01:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

Sometimes the unexpected things in life are the best. The other day we were taking our morning walk. It was one of the first times we walked in the wood behind us in a couple of months because it has been quite muddy and rainy here. However, on Tuesday the sun was bright and warm and it was really a nice hike. Like most days when we walk, we talk about our upcoming projects and deadlines. With all the directions that my partner and I are on, there always seems to be something due. It ...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #440: And On to Designing . . .

08-23-2011 12:29 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

Well what a great day yesterday turned out to be! I spent most of the day working on drawing up the pattern for the commission job that I am doing. It was one of those days where once I got rolling, I really enjoyed what I was doing and the day just seemed to fly by. Once I was clear on what was expected, doing the actual drawing was a pleasure and by dinner time I was able to send my client some sample drawings for his approval before I added the final touches. I was happy to receive ...

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Going Back To College & Making Some Furniture

08-22-2011 08:27 PM by Michael J. Moore | 4 comments »

So I’ve decided to head back to school. It’s hard to believe that it was two kids ago since I last stepped foot into a class room. My major is Building Construction/Construction Management and I will be taking all the courses that make up the Cabinet Making Certificate as well since most of them fit into my electives. I had the privilege of attending the Furniture Making course at Salt Lake Community College for two days right before I dropped out for a few years. The course ju...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #439: Commission Work Ups and Downs

08-22-2011 12:35 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Doing commission work can have its issues. I don’t really mind doing it – in fact I like it, but I certainly wouldn’t want to have it as a main source of my income. Lately it seems that I have had several people ask me to do special orders for them. Since I am all over the place these days and not pressed hard under many deadlines, I made an offer on these jobs and took them on. I think it is a nice change of pace for me and good practice to do some things that I don...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #438: Lesson 7 Is Posted

08-21-2011 01:17 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

I woke up this morning to the darkness of the crisp and cool air. Could it be that the heat of summer is already weaning? It seemed like just yesterday that I was preparing to travel to the show in New York and hoping that we wouldn’t encounter snow. I remember standing in the parking lot at the border check on my way into the United States and the sky was grey and large snowflakes were blowing through the air. I realize that I have experienced nearly two full seasons between when th...

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Online Scroll Saw Class - Incredibly Fun Adventures in Scroll Sawing #7: Cutting Inside Corners and Angles

08-20-2011 08:59 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 29 comments »

So far we have looked at how to prepare our wood, choose a blade, cast on and off a piece and cut outside curves and corners. Now it is time we do some inside cutting. Most people associate scroll sawing with cutting fretwork. At first many people don’t understand that in order to cut fretwork pieces, you need to drill entry holes in the ‘waste area’ (or the part of the pattern that drops away when you finish your cut) and thread the blade through that drilled hole ...

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Truck and Trailer Load of Myrtle Wood and Burl

08-20-2011 06:43 PM by OregonBurls | 12 comments »

After taking my small car one day and drive the whole coast of oregon, I found some Myrtle burl and logs that I guy was willing to sell. So the next day I took my truck and trailer. Myrlte is getting harder and harder to get because there isn’t much loging going on. So the price is high. Most if the logs that are out there have been setting in mills that dont want to get ride of them. All of my logs are sold on the trainer however I have 3000 lbs of Myrtle burl that I will be cutti...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #437: Next Lesson Almost Done

08-20-2011 12:10 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 7 comments »

Yesterday was one of those days that just got away from me. I was busy all day and I did accomplish a great deal, but before I knew it, it was over and time to turn in. I was able to finish doing the pattern packets, which was a major thing. I still need to do a final proof reading on them because there were just so many interruptions that it was a little difficult for me to concentrate. I need to be absolutely sure that they are OK before I send them ahead to the wholesaler for distrib...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #436: Glimmers of Hope - Even in This Economy

08-19-2011 01:11 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 5 comments »

It is very gratifying when you work hard for something and you begin to see some return on the investment of time and effort that you put in. Waiting takes a lot of patience, and I honestly believe that the reason that many people are unable to be successful in their own businesses is that they either don’t want to wait for things to happen, or they can’t afford to because of other circumstances. Having a successful home business has the illusion of producing maximum returns w...

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