As one can see, by all the projects I have posted lately, I am almost ready for my first craft show. However after all the cuttine of various projects I am wondering if the is a more productive method of scrollsaw cutting. YES, I know stack is the first and only method I know about. If you are able to stack cut three projects at the same time then I think I reach a productivity breakeven popint. However it is not possible with all of the patterns I cut. Second, the seasoned knowledge of...
I am late today! Not because I was sleeping in or anything like that, but I had some things that I wanted to do before the sun came up and I got side tracked. (Besides, who has time to sleep these days!) The days are certainly full lately. I am taking time to enjoy things though and it isn’t at all bad. I made terrific progress on my second set of bird ornaments yesterday. I finished cutting them out, sanding them and getting a coat of mineral oil on them. They dried overnight ...
Yesterday went pretty much as I hoped it would. That is always a good thing, but it doesn’t make for very exciting blog reading. That’s OK though. A day or two without turmoil in my life is a good thing I think. Every day doesn’t have to be an adventure. I spent the morning finishing up on the drawings for my next pattern set. I am happy with them and I think that they came out every bit as good as the first set. I am going to be cutting them out today and I always ...
I am pretty satisfied with all that I accomplished yesterday. I spent most of the day playing around with the new ornament design and I am at this point about half an hour from calling it a wrap and getting to cutting. There are eight birds in this set, as with the first set and the framework is the same so I found it quite easy to draw them up. It seems for me that once I start on a certain style, I get on a roll and things happen very quickly. I will be cutting them out tomorrow, as I...
As I look to the calender today and see that we are almost half way through September, I am once again amazed at how quickly time seems to pass. I truly don’t mean to keep complaining about it, as I know I mention it from time to time here, but I just can’t get over how the days go by so quickly. It never used to seem this way. It gets me to wondering. Does this mean I am a poor time manager? Or does it mean that my life is full and therefore the hours slip by quickly? I fe...
Well, it has not been too exciting here this week, but at least it is productive. I spent the majority of the day yesterday working on the pictures for the next pattern. I am just about done and should be able to assemble the pattern packet today and then get ready for the site update. I also began the process of the mandatory switching of credit card processing to the new merchant account that is required by my bank. We began the process with a conference call and the main processing c...
Well I finished cutting the wildlife collage this last long weekend. I have dipped it in actually painted on Danish oil. It has been drying since Monday. I checked it tonight and it is still not dry. It has been fun cutting and it has been awhile since I’ve cut on a slab of wood and have to admit I’ve missed it. As soon as it is done I will post a picture. I will also post the authors of all the parts of patterns that it took to make the collage.
My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #455: Sometimes the Simple Things are the Best
I am the type of person that always tries to do the best work that I can do. I think for the most part this is a good thing and helps me grow as a designer and also as an artist. I have been scrollsawing now for almost 20 years and as time passes, I find myself still learning new techniques and skills. A clear example of this was when I went to New York this past spring and met with other scrollers of all levels. I felt that not only was I the teacher, but at times the student because the...
I Stumbled on to this by chance, this is definitely a unique approach to woodworking. I love this. Per the description On Site: This is a Marble Machine (definition: A Do-Nothing or Rube Goldberg Type Machine) This is intended to be an awkward, overly complicated mechanism for the sole purpose of entertainment and to make noise in the process. People seem to enjoy watching gears turn and marbles running around in circles making noise. There are 16 gears hand-cut from ½” Bal...
I had to do some errands yesterday and that took up most of my day. I also was able to meet up with a dear friend from my painting group in Bear River that I haven’t seen in about a year. It was a really good day on lots of levels. My bags arrived and I will be shipping out the second batch of skaters this morning. It will bring closure to another project and allow me the time to focus on finishing up the bird patterns today and getting them into a packet and up on the site. the ...
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