I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. It is a long weekend for many people here in North America, as we celebrate the Labor Day holiday today. This holiday always symbolized the final days of summer to many. When my children were young, usually school would resume immediately following the long weekend. I have wonderful memories of walking the kids to school on those cool mornings for those first days of class. Usually by the time they were done with their school day, around 3:30 ...
Online Scroll Saw Class - Incredibly Fun Adventures in Scroll Sawing #8: Lesson 8 - Cutting Inside Curves and Swirls
By now you have had some time to practice cutting inside and outside corners. While getting nice sharp corners is really important to your scroll working, one of the signatures of traditional fretwork pieces are the graceful curves and swirls that you are able to cut with the scroll saw. In Victorian times, fretwork was cut either by hand or by using foot powered pedal saws. It was a delicate and painstaking process and took years of practice to master and accomplish. With the intr...
My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #451: Sometimes "All Work and No Play" Makes Me Very Happy
We have all heard the saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy,” but sometimes I think about that and I am sure that Jack didn’t do the same type of work as me. I love my job. I realize too that in that respect, I am very much the exception to the rule. Most people that I know go through each day doing their job so that they can come home to work on their woodworking or painting or being creative in other ways. I am very fortunate in that I have been able to...
There wasn’t a lot of excitement going on yesterday for me. I am not sure if it is a good thing or a bad thing. I am leaning toward good. I suppose when thinking it over, the best thing would be to have a few non-exciting days in a row and then a couple of exciting ones thrown into the mix just to keep it interesting. There are times when we seek excitement and although I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I ‘look for trouble’, there are times when I choose to add...
Yesterday was pretty much an ordinary day. I spent a block of time laying out the patterns on the wood for my next set of skaters. I was planning to have everything ready to go by Monday, but then I realized that both here and in the United States was a holiday (Labor Day) and all the delivery facilities are closed. So Tuesday it is. I needed to reorder the plastic bags that I package the sets in and it will be interesting to see how long they will take to arrive. The company I use is ...
Well, I can’t wait to get at things today. There is so much to do and it seems like so little time to do it. I don’t feel stressed at all though, only exhilarated. It is the good kind of busy that people like me strive for, and depending on how things go, the next few weeks should be quite productive. I always seem to have stories to tell and today isn’t any different. Although yesterday started out simple enough, the day brought with it some interesting things that m...
I had a day off, on a Monday too. What a great day! Well, by the time I finished with all the phone calls and piddling. I finially got started on the collage. I did make some progress and finsihed the white tailed deer and started on the Elk bull and cow. I should be done cutting on it this weekend. Then It’ll take me time to sand the thin pieces. I’ll keep you posted.
Thank goodness it has cooled off a bit! It was so nice to actually get a good night sleep . The past several days were so warm and muggy it seemed that I was up half the night and then woke up tired and felt like I didn’t get much rest. I shouldn’t complain because I know that many people have it much worse, but I will say that I was very pleased when the sun set last night and the air cooled down considerably. It was a very welcome change and made for a comfortable and restfu...
After a day of wondering and anticipation, we were fortunate to not be highly affected by the hurricane. We did get some rain, and it was quite windy throughout the night, but overall we did fine. We never lost power and this morning the sun is shining in a cloudless sky and even though it is a bit breezy, it finally cooled down to a comfortable level. Yesterday was quite sticky and warm – something we are not well equip to deal with here in Nova Scotia. Few people have air condit...
I am going to make this a bit short today, because I am on a roll. Hopefully by tomorrow, I will have some pictures to post here. It feels great to be back in the production mode again. Even though it always seems like I am doing something, there is a nice difference to see actual results at the end of the day. We all know that there are different types of work and even though the unseen work is necessary, every once in a while it is good to see some actual results of a busy day. I s...
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