I spent the bulk of the day yesterday printing out patterns and sanding 8.5” x 11” rounded rectangles of wood. It doesn’t sound like enough to fill the day, but it certainly was. Once again I played the role of ‘captain underestimation,’ grossly underestimating the amount of time it will take me to do things. (I never have been that good at math. There is something so impersonal about numbers that they just don’t hold my interest. They are an evil ne...
Teaching a large group of people with lots of different levels of expertise can be a challenge. I must admit, when I was approached to teach a class here on scroll sawing, I felt a little intimidated. After seeing all the beautiful projects here from so many talented woodworkers, my first reaction was to wonder what I could possibly teach them. I was first asked in March, just before leaving for the show that I lectured at in Saratoga Springs, New York. At that point it had been several...
So, it’s been 43 days since the last blog on this topic as well as around 30 days since I had any words from the shop. The lack of communication really didn’t bother me at all since I assumed that I had no sales and I would shortly be going back to the shop, packing up my stuff and writing off the entire experience as a “lesson learned” with no money lost by anyone. Not so fast. I finally got an email from one of the owners saying that business is “picking...
My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #401: Excuse Me For a Moment While I Do My 'Happy Dance!'
YAY for me! I reached a nice milestone yesterday in my little sawdust-filled world! I finished cutting out my 72 sets of skaters! Now I know that may not sound exciting to you all, but it is a great accomplishment for me to have under my belt. It is one of the rare times that I actually PLANNED something and it actually WORKED! How many times have we planned something out and it looked wonderful in theory only to have life come in and mess everything up for us? I don’t know a...
As usual, the days just seem to be going by too quickly. Perhaps it is because all of the ideas I have that it seems that I am always running behind and trying to catch up. I am not complaining, as it is good to be full of ideas, but it sometimes seems that no matter how much I accomplish in a day, there is still more that I wanted to get done. I don’t want to fall into that trap of never being happy with my accomplishments, nor do I want to feel as if I am resting on my laurels an...
I woke up early this morning, determined to not let the day get away from me. Even though I have been busy, it sometimes seems that I don’t have enough time in the day to get everything that I want to finished. There are many little things that take a small chunk of time here and there and before I knew it, yesterday I looked up at the clock and it was 4pm. I was truly surprised. I have had a lot of correspondence stuff to do in the past several days. I think that is a good sign...
These pics were taken at the start of the show before too many folks came in.. you can see just how much room we all had this time… This is also only part of the woodworkers area… not the whole show…The last 2 photos are of some sculpture made from metal and a metal chess set… I know it is not wood but it was magic just the same…... <
I would like to be able to post an exciting or remarkable post every day. But some days, life isn’t very exciting or remarkable. That doesn’t mean it is bad. In fact, I would lean more toward those being good days. Although we all like to mix it up a bit, I have no problem with days that tend to be on the ‘routine’ side. People tell me on days like today that it isn’t really necessary to write here every single day. No one expects it and no one would thin...
It is odd how some days can begin by being just ‘ordinary’ days, but by the time the sun sets, they turn into something special. I love when that happens. It fills us with promise and hope on the not so good days when things don’t seem to be going exactly as we planned, and a sense of adventure in knowing that any day could turn into something special. Yesterday was just like that. It began ordinary enough. I did my blog here and my emails and all the morning house ...
For a rainy day, I didn’t do too badly. In fact, I got a lot accomplished yesterday. It was one of those good days where everything flowed along nicely and even though I was in several different directions, things seemed to move right along and by the end of the day, I made a nice sized dent in what I wanted to do. I got 20 sets of the little skating pond cut. Psychologically that was a huge boost. Just seeing the little figures pile up so quickly (in only a couple of hours) made ...
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