I am happy to say that I finally got to do something that I have been trying to work on for at least two weeks. I finished a painting project. I don’t know why this had become such an issue within myself, but it seemed that everything else just happened to get in the way of things. There were so may loose ends here and there that I had to tie up, as well as other things that I needed to get finished, and in looking back on previous blogs I could see that I have not been idle, but I j...
Online Scroll Saw Class - Incredibly Fun Adventures in Scroll Sawing #4: Let the Scrolling Begin - Casting on and Casting Off
Now that everyone has their patterns applied to the wood, we are finally ready to turn on our saws and do some cutting. Since the practice patterns that I have given you have no inside cuts, we are going to learn some practical ways to start and finish our cutting lines. I call this ‘casting on’ and ‘casting off’ the wood. Most people – especially when starting out – just aim for the part of the design that is closest to the edge and start cutting. ...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #406: Some Hope For Selling Our Woodwork Items
It seems that even though we are going through some tough times with the economy, not everyone is suffering as much as they have been in the recent past. I look to this as a sign of hope that people will be able to make a little extra money by selling their hand crafted items and that perhaps things are looking up just a little bit. There are many small businesses where I live. Most of Nova Scotia consists of small fishing and tourist towns where work and prosperity is seasonal. As time ...
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 Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #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...
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #399: Will 'Google+' be a Plus or a Minus?
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…... <
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