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Online Scroll Saw Class - Incredibly Fun Adventures in Scroll Sawing #5: Cutting Outside Curves

07-30-2011 12:34 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 23 comments »

Now that we have had a chance to practice casting on and off, we are going to practice a bit more on cutting outside curves. Cutting curves is probably one of the easiest things to do on a scroll saw. Most designs consist mainly of curved lines, with occasional straight runs from time to time. Once you get used to cutting curves and turning corners accurately, you are well on your way to being a great scroller. One thing that is important to remember is that the blade is stationa...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #414: Some Benefits of Diversification

07-28-2011 12:58 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 2 comments »

I am not sure why I am so excited about finishing up a pattern packet. Perhaps ‘excited’ is the wrong word. ‘Satisfied’ may be a better way to describe it. It was nearly 10pm last night when I finally finished everything together into a packet form. I had worked on it all day. I didn’t have any errands to run and only took short breaks for meals. It probably took a little longer than I expected, but as I am looking at it now, I know it was worth it. The...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #409: Diversification

07-23-2011 01:59 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

I am happy to say that I finally got to do something that I have been trying to work on for at least two weeks. I finished a painting project. I don’t know why this had become such an issue within myself, but it seemed that everything else just happened to get in the way of things. There were so may loose ends here and there that I had to tie up, as well as other things that I needed to get finished, and in looking back on previous blogs I could see that I have not been idle, but I j...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #408: Mind over Matter

07-22-2011 01:23 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 13 comments »

Yesterday, I added a short video to my scroll sawing class lesson. I was kind of amazed that even though the video is only just over five minutes, it took me over half the day to do. I say ‘kind of’ because one wouldn’t think that something that short should take so long to accomplish. Especially when you see the quality. Not that it is really ‘bad’ mind you. I think it gets the point across Ok, but it isn’t really something that I would call ‘fa...

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Hand Cutting Dovetails

07-21-2011 08:09 PM by AlexHarris | 11 comments »

Hey LJ! Sorry to anyone who got the wrong video first time they viewed, I embeded the wrong video but that has now been rectified. I am by no means what you would call an experienced hand tool user and I tend to use them in conjunction with my powertools. Nevertheless following a hand tool project where I made some bookends which I did a few weeks ago… you can check that out by clicking on the link… Here! Anyway after that video I was asked about cutting dovetails so here...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #407: Blame It On the Heat

07-21-2011 01:49 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

OK – I am late this morning. Everyone’s coffee is cold and you are either going to be late for work or have to wait to read. We all have days like that. At least you have coffee. I am on my second attempt of making it this morning. For the first try, I cleaned out the pot while the water was on the stove heating up and instead of putting the beans in the grinder (I have a French press that I use) I put the beans right in the bottom of the wet carafe. (DOH!) It’s ...

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Online Scroll Saw Class - Incredibly Fun Adventures in Scroll Sawing #4: Let the Scrolling Begin - Casting on and Casting Off

07-21-2011 02:04 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 72 comments »

Now that everyone has their patterns applied to the wood, we are finally ready to turn on our saws and do some cutting. Since the practice patterns that I have given you have no inside cuts, we are going to learn some practical ways to start and finish our cutting lines. I call this ‘casting on’ and ‘casting off’ the wood. Most people – especially when starting out – just aim for the part of the design that is closest to the edge and start cutting. ...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #404: Living is Better That Just Going Through Life

07-18-2011 01:47 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

As I sit here on Monday morning and reflect on the weekend, I look back on it and think that even though I seemed to be busy every second of each day, I didn’t really get many things of substance accomplished. In reality I did check several things off of the list, but I can’t help but think that somehow I could have done better. I suppose that sometimes I am not the best manager of time. I noticed that there are times like this past weekend when I appear very busy and I reall...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #402: The Benefits of Teaching

07-16-2011 01:27 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 11 comments »

Teaching a large group of people with lots of different levels of expertise can be a challenge. I must admit, when I was approached to teach a class here on scroll sawing, I felt a little intimidated. After seeing all the beautiful projects here from so many talented woodworkers, my first reaction was to wonder what I could possibly teach them. I was first asked in March, just before leaving for the show that I lectured at in Saratoga Springs, New York. At that point it had been several...

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Online Scroll Saw Class - Incredibly Fun Adventures in Scroll Sawing #3: Applying the Pattern for Scroll Sawing

07-15-2011 10:28 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 50 comments »

I hope everyone was able to find the supplies that I suggested in the last part. If anyone had any trouble, please let me know, either through a personal message or on the comment section here and between myself and the others here, we should be able to help you. We are now ready to apply our patterns to the wood in preparation for cutting. But first of all you need a pattern. I have made up a sheet of some simple shapes that you can use as a practice scroll saw pattern. Just click on ...

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