I am seeing the light at the end of the tunnel in computer land today. I only have an hour or so of work left on the final pattern that I am getting ready for the next update. In tallying the new things that will be up on the site, my contribution alone will be five patterns and I will also be offering a kit. Keith has some very nice patterns to add also. Since we only updated the site a couple of weeks ago, I think that is a good accomplishment. I am wondering why I have been feeling like...
There are days when I wonder if I will ever get to use the scroll saw again. Seriously. There are so many things to do within the business that actually cutting wood seems like a rare thing for me lately. I know that is why I enjoy it so much when I do get the opportunity to actually cut, but it also makes me wonder. There are many people that think that I get to cut and build things from the time I get up in the morning until I am ready to call it a day. That is so far from reality th...
So I have been Scrolling for about a year now and, I think, getting better at it all the time. First of all reading and watching all the tutorials I can find. Thanks a lot to Shelia Landry and Steve Good for their part in that. Then lots of practice – LOTS. As all of this comes to play, learning how to get the blade to go where I want it to, how to select the correct blade for the project, how to select the correct wood and then how to finish it to show off the work. It seems like an...
I feel as if things are stuck in fast forward lately. The past couple of weeks have passed in what seems to be a day or so. Although I am not in a panic mode, I am beginning to feel anxious about things and I am longing to have that feeling of peace and accomplishment that goes with being caught up. I think it is time to make a list again and prioritize what needs to be done by when. Somehow that always proves to put me back on the path and calm things down for me. I am not sure how ...
The projects that I am working on right now require quite a bit of picking around on the computer. There is just no easy way to accomplish what I want to do. (Perhaps there is and I just fail to see how!) I spent most of the day yesterday working on the line work for the next pattern. By 9:30 or so, I had just about enough. My eyes were sore from looking at the screen and I was really getting tired. The line work for the pattern was just about finished anyway. I still need to print i...
It is funny how quickly the seasons begin to change. While so many people are going through sweltering heat, I have noticed a definite coolness in the morning air. Even if the temperatures get quite warm in the afternoon, the days are already starting off with a crispness that is reminiscent of autumn. It won’t be long. I find it is noticeably darker in the mornings too. It is almost back to the point where seeing full daylight as my eyes open in the morning will mean that I am ...
Online Scroll Saw Class - Incredibly Fun Adventures in Scroll Sawing #6: Cutting Sharp (Acute) Outside Corners
By now most of you should have a bit of a feel for cutting some nice outside curves on the scroll saw. As we know however, most designs also consist of some nice sharp angles. Making accurate corners can be a bit of a challenge when you are new to scroll sawing, but with a few quick tips and a little bit of practice, you will find it is not as difficult as you may have imagined. Before long you will be scrolling those angles with little effort or thought. In order for me to show you ...
Sometimes when I am working the hardest, it seems that I have the least to write about. I spent the day yesterday pretty much chained to the computer drawing and that in itself doesn’t really make for an interesting blog. It was one of those days where I was able to stay truly focused (yes – even I have them sometimes) and besides taking a couple of breaks to respond to mail and such, I really did nothing but sat and drew all day. I did finish one entire pattern though, an...
As usual, I woke up today to several emails. Like anyone who has a routine, going through them first thing in the morning is one of mine. I like to see what I may have missed during the night and see if there was any orders or things like that which need my immediate attention. I like Google Gmail because it allows you to categorize your mail and add color coded labels on emails from people or places where you receive frequent emails from. For instance, orders from my site are one color...
The main body of the alligator is a box. My problem has been that I don’t have a planer or joiner so making a box with tight joints is rather difficult. I sanded them out a little bit, but ended up having to make the joints a bit rough and then puttying them. Puttying has become a big theme on this project. I had originally wanted to make this project super perfect with tight joints and whatnot. My problem is that with my impending move, I am having to rush through things. It kind of...
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