I had a nice relaxing day of cutting yesterday. Among other things, I finished cutting out the pieces to my new snowflake candle tray. Everything went well, except if I were to do it again I would make sure that I left a bit more waste area on some of the smaller snowflakes so that they would be easier to handle on the scroll saw. More than once the blade grabbed the wood and it started me when it slammed it on the table. Nothing broke however and my reaction was quick, but I am not used...
As usual, I am the queen of underestimation when it comes to time. Thank goodness my job and life are fairly flexible and the things that I do aren’t completely reliant on my own estimations as to how much time a particular project would take. If that were the case, I would be lost. In trying to figure out why this happens so often and why I just can’t seem to get over the hurdle of accurately judging how long something will take me, I have come to the conclusion that it prob...
I kind of had a change in plans yesterday. It was one of those ‘flexibility’ things that I was talking about that happens. But it was a good thing and one of the best parts of being your own boss and being on deadline with the things that you need for everything else means that you can switch things up rather quickly without too much of an issue. Early in the day I received an order for several of the painting kits that we offer. We usually keep a couple of each of the kits ...
Our 2013 LumberJocks Winter Awards are officially here so it’s time get busy again. As always, we are looking for not only the skills involved in the build but the creativity as well. Be sure to describe your project as this is an important component of the Awards selection process which will be done by your fellow LumberJocks. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THEME ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Wooden Wear-ables – LumberJocks’ crea...
About a year ago, I blogged about waiting for winter here in Winona, MN. Oh, we know it is coming, but it is always anyone’s guess when and how much. This year, November gave us a few cold nights, but nothing in the way of snow. In fact, I didn’t put my fishing boat into storage until Nov. 26….and that was a pretty nice day, too. During that last week, I got out fishing three times and brought home some nice messes of crappies. The neighbors love getting a meal of filleted ...
Today was one of those mornings that I couldn’t wait to get going. I got up a little earlier than usual, and went back to bed, thinking that I would get ‘one more sleep.’ But lying there and thinking about what I was going to do today was too much for me and I just had to get up and get started. I had a good day yesterday, and got lots of odds and ends done in addition to getting my little sleds finished up. Once again, I used the photo box that Keith made and had some re...
Well, I will start out this morning by saying that I think I am ‘cracking up.’ Maybe it’s because I have been using this crackle paint on my new snowmen, or maybe it is just me, but I am certainly not thinking the way I should be. Yesterday turned out to be a pretty good day. Besides another heavy day of traffic from the site (thank you everyone!) I spent the day painting the little snowmen pieces for the next pattern packet. As I showed yesterday, I am using a product...
The results are in and it’s time to officially announce the winners of the LumberJocks Woodworking Awards. The winning projects were selected from the 70 “Your Inner Child” submissions in an online voting held from February 1 to February 7. 98 votes were cast during this period. And here are the winning projects… ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Winner – 136 points – $500 Cash Prize Runner-Up – 102 points – $200 Cash Prize ...
Awards entry period is over and we ended up with 71 amazing entries in ‘Your Inner Child’ category. Now it’s time to pick your top 5 list and cast your votes. Voting deadline is on February 7th at 3 PM CDT. Please note that if you submitted an Awards entry, you will not see your project listed on the voting page. (You are not allowed to vote for yourself.) So don’t panic – others can pick your entry without any problems. The results will be announced on...
Well, winter finally arrived a couple of days ago…..6 inches of snow and -2 degrees F. Not so bad, but I was getting used to the idea of skipping winter this year. On a more pleasant note; I just celebrated my 1st year with LJ. I have enjoyed being a part of this great group of men and women, craftsmen and artists, with a common, yet diversified interest in things wooden. I have “met” so many great people in the past year and have even managed to meet a couple in person.Th...
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