It is with great sadness that I write my post today. Last night I received the news that one of my good friends and fellow woodworking designers had passed away. Dirk Boelman was not only an incredible designer. He was a much loved and respected friend. From the moment you met him, he was one of those kind of people that made you feel as if you had known him all of your life. Both he and his wife Karen always greeted you with smiles and a warm embrace. I met Dirk and Karen when I fi...
This has been a learning experience in what not to do. LOL! Saw this scroll saw for 75 bucks on Craigslist. Drove to the house down dusty country roads and I blogged earlier about this saw requiring a couple hours of fixing the clamp to see it cut wood! Then I drove home in a snow storm. The first picture is how the saw looked in January! The second picture is how the rusted table looked. I got some suggestions from Blackie (Randy) regarding about using apple cider vinegar to rem...
I am happy to say that I had a wonderful day yesterday. I was able to get my emails under control early on and I did have a chance to work on the Tracy Moreau seahorse design that I had shown you all in yesterday's post. We also had the bonus of Keith's mom coming to visit, as well as a pop-in visit from our friends Bernie and Ellen. Keith's mom makes the best potato salad in the world and she brought some to share for dinner. We caught up on chatting and she did her needlework wh...
I have always loved reading Edgar Allen Poe stories. From as far back as I remember, he has been one of my favorites. I loved the depth of emotion he wrote with and the feelings that reading his works evoke. He was certainly a gifted author.I often talk about all the ideas that live in my head. As a designer, I feel very fortunate to have that because it wasn't very long ago when I remember struggling to think of new things to create that would be both unique and exciting. But lately, tha...
What a wonderfully positive day I had yesterday. I really appreciated all the wonderful comments that you all made and sent regarding my new painting design that I am creating for the August issue of Interactive Artist Magazine. This is my first project with them, and I wanted it to be something special. I already had a couple of offers to purchase the piece and many inquiries regarding the pattern. Because this piece will be published, I won't have the rights to it until Dece...
I have a Porter Cable model 548 heavy duty worm drive scroll saw variable speed. Wouldn’t you know it the most needed blade has been discontinued. Blade no. 12318. But I scored 100 blades on ebay for a little over $1.00 a blade. Don’t need 100 blades but when it is almost impossible to find I guess I call it a lifetime supply.
"Why a Christmas tree in summer?" you may ask. (My neighbor Lee just asked me this yesterday!)"It's NOT a Christmas tree." I replied "It's an 'All Season' tree. And it makes me happy ALL YEAR LONG."Isn't that what life is all about? Isn't that the focus of ALL of our lives?Living well and being happy. Seeing those we love smile. Enjoying what every beautiful day brings our way. These are goals that most of us strive to achieve e...
I spent the day yesterday refining the ornaments that I showed you in yesterday's blog. Those of you who have come to know me realize that I just can't do things one way. Keith often teases me because I think of so many variations of many of the different designs that I create, but when I think of several versions of doing things, it is hard for me to only make ONE – so I make them ALL! :)I know it takes longer to do and I don't really think it matters. Even after they are f...
Even though I was born and raised in the Midwest, I always loved the sea. From the time I was very young and took field trips with my class to the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, to when I was a teen reading romance novels that were set in small seaside towns or villages, I dreamed of someday living near the ocean. After many years and what seems like several lifetimes, I have come to realize my dream. I now live in a small town on the Eastern coast of Nova Scotia, and the ocean is only about...
Getting my tools ready #14: How do I get the best out of an OLD DELTA 40-650 Type I? Need experienced advice!
LJ’s I purchased a Delta C arm 18” scroll saw. It has been a misadventure born out of poverty. LOL! Have an intarsia, project in mind. It’s for an artist friend. An inlay into a box made from one of his great paintings. Purchased the 40-650 Type I Scroll Saw at least 3 months ago, maybe longer ( brought it home driving several hours in a blizzard). De rusted the aged metal table, painted and cleaned up the old girl. Looked good! The clamping mechanism and the cl...
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