I didn't post this weekend because I was in the middle of several different projects. We are hoping to do our site update this week and I had some ideas for new scroll sawing patterns that I wanted to work on. I did that along with working on painting the first piece of furniture that Keith built for our reorganizing project. If you remember, the first piece was a printer stand that would also hold the bodies of our two computers and also the modem and router: Since this is ...
Been taking down Christmas Lights a little behind on my schedule. Setting up a workshop on a budget.Page 2Welcome back to those who followed my first blog on this topic and welcome to the new ones just ones just now following. Has it been a whole week already? Well, let me start where I left off. (takes a sip of that wonderful bean coffee), Oh yes now I remember, we were talking about lighting. I guess the next topic is how do we get rid of all that saw dust we are about to create. ...
Organization is an ongoing process. You don't just organize things once it seems. I have come to that realization as I think back on how many times I have blogged about making our small place here more efficient and organized. I have been writing for nearly five years now (I think!) and it seems that every year around this time we always come up with new and improved ways to make working from our home here not only more efficient, but more aesthetically pleasing as well. After all ...
I went to polish out the slab table top today and something was missing from my gazebo. My makita orbital sander and my milwaukee 4” belt sander are gone from my back yard. Normally I put them away at night but I was sick the other day and forgot to do it. This isn’t the first time I have had items stolen from me but this is so much worse since they stole my livelihood. Does anyone have a suggestion for a new 4×24 belt sander? It appears that milwaukee no longer makes ...
It is coming our way. . . After about a foot of snow on Saturday, and cleaning up yesterday, there is warning of anywhere from 40-50 additional cm of snow heading our way, starting this afternoon. (That's about 20 inches). The next week ahead also predicts snowfall, but tonight we will have a bit of a warm up that will change the snow to ice pellets and then it will turn back to snow again. All this will include winds as well.Winter has definitely arrived in Nova Scotia.I spent yeste...
Well, it seemed like January just flew by! What has started out to be a mild winter has turned into a lot of snow, wind and sleet. I think that yesterday we had the biggest snowfall yet for this year, and they are predicting 30-40 more cm of snow tomorrow. Winter is definitely here.I think the month went by quickly for me because I had so much to do. My work schedule was even what I would consider heavy – and it takes a lot for that to be the case. I had several deadlines to get m...
One of the biggest problems that I have is deciding on a 'version' of how to make a certain design. I suppose that I have been designing so long, that I realize that not everyone has the same taste and preferences. It is rare that when I think of something new to make that I only think of it in one way. Since I design things for a living, I always try to appeal to the most people possible. This often means including more than one style of the same item, and allowing the customers to c...
Setting up a workshop on a budget. I have been working in wood since my early twenties. Owned and operated a five man custom cabinet shop, setup a toy company, and just made gifts for Christmas presents over those years. Some of my shops have been operated in small as a space as 8’x12’ in a space on a warehouse floor, to an industrial size of 3,000 sq ft in a private owned building with a storefront.Enough about that, my latest shop is setup not too mass produce or create a company but j...
It is with much relief that I am writing this morning. It isn't usual that I get stressed out over doing a project, but these past few weeks have been somewhat worrisome to me. I mentioned the other day that I was invited to participate in the Art Play Date online class event, and while I was thrilled to be asked to teach, I was somewhat intimidated. After all, the line up of teachers included many teachers that I have followed and admired since I began painting. These were what we c...
We had some catching up to do on our errands yesterday, so I got a late start at finishing up my project for the Art Play Date.It actually felt really good to get out and get some fresh air. The world around us was like a winter wonderland – so beautiful with the freshly fallen snow – and it looks like something out of a movie. The snow was still falling yesterday, but it was a very tiny, fine snow and there was still a substantial amount of wind. But as I wake up today, it is bri...
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