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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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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #397: Unexpected Success

07-11-2011 12:52 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

It is odd how some days can begin by being just ‘ordinary’ days, but by the time the sun sets, they turn into something special. I love when that happens. It fills us with promise and hope on the not so good days when things don’t seem to be going exactly as we planned, and a sense of adventure in knowing that any day could turn into something special. Yesterday was just like that. It began ordinary enough. I did my blog here and my emails and all the morning house ...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #396: Productive Days are Good

07-10-2011 01:28 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 6 comments »

For a rainy day, I didn’t do too badly. In fact, I got a lot accomplished yesterday. It was one of those good days where everything flowed along nicely and even though I was in several different directions, things seemed to move right along and by the end of the day, I made a nice sized dent in what I wanted to do. I got 20 sets of the little skating pond cut. Psychologically that was a huge boost. Just seeing the little figures pile up so quickly (in only a couple of hours) made ...

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Online Scroll Saw Class - Incredibly Fun Adventures in Scroll Sawing #2: Basic Supplies and (EGADS!) Homework!

07-09-2011 03:47 AM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 44 comments »

Well, it looks like we are going to have a great group here! I am really happy with the enthusiasm of everyone who wants to participate, and also the cheerleaders. You can all get back in your seats now and we can start to get down to business. I wanted to get this post up here by the weekend so that if you need to get some supplies to start, you will have some time to do so. One thing that I really like about scroll sawing is that it takes very little ‘equipment’ to mak...

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Guitar pick holder and pendant.

07-08-2011 09:23 PM by Stevinmarin | 27 comments »

Here’s a simple scroll-sawn necklace pendant that holds two guitar picks. Enjoy!

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #394: And Now For Something Completely Different

07-08-2011 01:26 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 8 comments »

Part of the reason that I like my job so much is that there are so many different aspects involved in the day to day activity of it, it never seems mundane or boring. Sure, it would be great if I could just scroll saw all the time and not have to worry about anything else, but I think that after a while, even that would lose its luster and not be much fun. Having a job that is fun and exciting is something that everyone wants and few people have. We have all heard the saying “It is...

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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #393: Preparing Patterns

07-07-2011 01:13 PM by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) | 4 comments »

I woke up this morning to a sunny and hazy day. Although the sun was just rising, I already could tell it was going to be a hot day. Yesterday was probably one of the warmest days of the year here so far. It was sticky and still and slightly uncomfortable. I spent as much time as I could out on the small deck with Pancakes, my kitty, as it was slightly cooler there, but I didn’t have a lot of things that I could do outside, as I needed to do work on my computer. So I sucked it up a...

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