As I am writing this morning, the sky is a very light blue and it is filled with puffy clouds. The bottoms of the clouds are an incredible peachy/orange hue that blends into the peachy/grey tops. If I painted a picture like this, some would think it looked ‘fake’, as the colors are so unusual. But it is there and it is a beautiful sight to wake up to. I can feel already that it will be a good day. I made pretty good progress yesterday on my project. The second version of th...
To me, one of the best things I find with designing is that the only rules that I have to follow are my own. I think that is one of the main reasons that I became a designer in the first place. I never really followed along with rules. It isn’t that I am not able to do so. Usually I am pretty good at reading instructions and following them to the letter. . My friend Cari and I were “experts” at doing things like putting together projects, toys and furniture (you know ...
It’s getting to be that time of year. While I don’t mind sharing things here in my blog, there are some times when I simply can’t. I am working on some secret gift exchanges and I want them to be a surprise. It makes it hard though, as I kind of put myself out here every day and everyone sees what I am up to. If I don’t think ahead, I have little to talk about. Yesterday I attended a “Penny Sale” for the feral wharf cats in our area that live on ...
My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1167: Wonderful Progress (And a Bonus Mini-Lecture!) ;)
I had another busy day yesterday, although it was a good one. Not only did I spend the afternoon cutting out my new ornaments on my new Excalibur (which was simply just FUN!) but I also spent the morning getting to work on my next pattern for another ornament set. The set that I am working on (SLD445 Traditional Damask Ornaments) is not for the faint of heart. I wanted something that would push the envelope a little bit and I think these designs qualify. I wanted to make them a bit sm...
Once again, the day passed with just a blink of an eye. It seemed like I sat down to draw, and then before I knew it, night had fallen and it was time for me to turn in. I couldn’t believe that time went by so quickly. I spent most of the day working on the drawings for my new ornaments. I am excited about them and they are now ready to be cut, which I will spend today doing. I haven’t really used my new saw much, and I look forward to the time I will have cutting them out. ...
I suppose that yesterday was a pretty straight forward day. I mapped out my new project and got to work on the drawing part of things. I felt as if I was slow in starting, but once I got rolling things went along nicely. The next pattern that I am working on is a set of ornaments. They are what I call ‘classic’ in shape and I have chosen to make some pretty Damask scroll cuts on the inside of them. My Damask plaques have been very popular, so it just seems natural to follow ...
The past month or so has passed in a blur, with a flurry of activity. It seemed that only yesterday we were getting ready to head to Chicago, stopping on the way in New York to teach a couple of classes, and now we are already midway through November. What a busy time it has been! I can’t speak for Keith, but as for myself, I am a bit tired. Not sleepy tired, but tired in the good way as when you just finished a nice, healthy exercise routine. In a way, the past month or so has be...
My furniture business (Stephen Mines Custom, No. Hollywood, CA,) did routinely build totally custom furniture, but the mainstay that paid the bills and made the business a financial success was a LINE of custom furniture. Yeah, I know, sounds like a contradiction, but really wasn’t. Averaging round 30-40 pieces (Country French, English, Early American) my catalog allowed the customer or their designer/decorator to order to their specific dimensions, distress preference (including none) ...
I am open to any suggestions Lets be creative Good evening fellow Lumberjocks, Today I was out and about running errands and came across the sign above I had started seeing these pop up all over the higher end neighborhoods but now I am seeing these or a variation of them in the ordinary neighborhoods like mine. I ran this across a local council person and he had informed me that the city had passed a ordinance to stop so called fly by night operations and house flippers from basically ...
I don’t have a lot to report. I know this weekend I burned enough scrap to have heated a house for the winter. I didn’t get it all, but I achieved 2 main objectives. Saturday night I used my work bench, as a work bench. Sunday I was able to walk all the way around my table saw. I only have 1 scrap pile left outside. It is the really big one in the log yard. Myffirewood collectors do come clean it up however. It’s odd, I called afew about my shop scraps and nobody was interes...
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