Yesterday was good. I finished the two sea shell painting patterns for the classes that I am going to be teaching. I am fairly happy with how they came out and I hope they are clear and understandable. Writing painting instructions is so much different from scroll saw patterns. Scroll saw and wood working patterns seem to be pretty much cut and dry, but painting patterns have many variables in them. I often find myself when doing a painting adding another layer or changing the tone here...
Some say that necessity is the mother of invention. I tend to agree. Need is a great motivator. Needing something has a way of pushing us to think outside the box and perhaps be a little more innovative than we would normally be. Especially if we have limited resources. Many of you know that I live in a fairly small place. I don’t have a real shop, per se, but rather do most of my own work in my kitchen and living area. My bedroom doubles as a storage room for most of my beauti...
I think that sometimes the most exciting thing about an upcoming event is the anticipation you feel while making plans. As the time comes closer for me to leave on my trip, I find this to be the case. As the pieces fall into place, I find myself becoming more an more excited about the many things that I will do and people that I will be able to see. I am not feeling as nervous as I thought that I would be by now. There was a time in the beginning of the planning phase where I was wonder...
I had posted some issues and problems with the lower blade clamp on my Poter Cable saw. I, also, stated that I was going to try a hex screw as a replacement, which I did. It worked find and the blade was more than secure however I think it contributed to the vibration on the saw. So I went back to the plastic headed thumb screw supplied with the say however is created a wooden turning knob like the one Steve Good has on the upper clamp of his saw. Now when I insert a new blade I will ...
Here’s my completed Metallica frame for my son’s James Hetfield autograph. What a blast to make a “themed” picture frame! You can read a bit more about its construction here.
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