"The Learning Curve Journal"

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Project by MsDebbieP posted 01-31-2007 08:35 PM 2377 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made this a couple weeks ago after reading a few comments about keeping notes on woodworking projects etc.

I thought that I should definitely be recording my learning curve, especially the “don’t do THAT again” mishaps.

The other goal of this project was to see what it would look like to mix my hobbies of photography, woodworking, and wood-burning. The photo was the only 4×6 print that I had available (and the printer didn’t quite get the colouring right so it was a good one to use for a practice project.)

When I cut out the photo frame I had wanted to create a curved line rather than a square but next time I’ll probably stick with a square or rectangle so that it matches the line of the book itself.

The woodburning – I had started with just the lines around the photo, creating a border that copied the lines of the pine needles but it didn’t seem connected so I created the “tree” for the needles to hang from.

Next came finding the screw posts (that was an annoying search) but i did finally find some (silver- coloured) after I had purchased the little hinges (gold-coloured). If the silver posts are the only ones I can find, I’ll have to adapt everything to match them.

Inside the cover is a piece of doeskin that I used to cover the picture and I used the woodburner to engrave “The Learning Curve by Debbie R-P” onto the leather. I should have taken a picture of it as well, but I didn’t.

Anyway, I now have my Learning Curve Journal sitting on my workbench, ready for notes of do’s and don’ts and tips from the LumberJocks.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 01-31-2007 08:48 PM

A very cool, & stylish cover, congratulations.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Ethan Sincox

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#2 posted 01-31-2007 09:01 PM

solid brass screw posts:

Lee Valley Chicago Bolts

There are several sizes from which to choose and they are solid brass, unlike a lot of screw posts I’ve found, which tend to be zinc or nickel alloys. This is the best quality screw post I’ve found, and I’ve tried several…

In one of my art classes in college, I’d turned in a drawing of a tree and the professor was able to point out exactly where I’d drawn when looking at a real tree and where I tried to fill in the empty spaces or arrange an area myself without looking at a tree. He said that until I could train my mind to “think” like a tree, I should stick to copying them because they can do it better.

So I guess some advice I would pass on, having garnered it the hard way in class, is to copy nature by looking at it (either in real life or in pictures) when you first start drawing. Then, when you feel much more comfortable with it (i.e. when you can “think” like the tree), try some drawings/woodburnings from memory, with occasional glances at a picture of the object to help you along. Eventually, you’ll get to a point where you don’t need the help and you can produce accurate renditions of that subject.

Great first journal, by the way! Keep up the good work, Debbie!

-- Ethan,

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Martin Sojka

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#3 posted 01-31-2007 09:06 PM

WOW Debbie – your beautiful journal is the LumberJocks Project #500.

And don’t forget to keep expanding your LJ blog journal as well ;)

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#4 posted 01-31-2007 09:27 PM

wow – a member of the Fortune 500 club!! Finally :)

Thanks for the feedback everyone. I have had lots to write about in my little journal already. This has definitely provided me with lots of “do’s and don’ts”.

Lee Valley—that’s where Rick and I are going to go next to check out lathes. They were at the woodshow we went to on the weekend but they didn’t have any machines there or a collection of their accessories. I’ll be sure to look for the screw posts there. Thank you for letting me know that they have them. I think I’m going to be a “kid in a candy store” when I get there!!

I tried to copy a picture from a woodburning book to get the branch and then decided that it was hanging from nowhere and needed a tree to hold it off the ground and so I just starting “dabbling”. I wasn’t thrilled with it but I also didn’t want to put a lot of time into it as there were already too many “don’t do this next time” elements in the journal.

But, I will have to focus on the “is this good enough” question to keep my standards higher than what I was able to do “yesterday”.

Thanks again for the feedback – and support on my journey.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 02-01-2007 12:25 AM

Debbie, I don’t think that Lee Valley sells lathes. Did you have a look at the links I gave you for lathes?

I like you journal cover, this is something that I’ll have to consider doing.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#6 posted 02-01-2007 01:47 PM

yes Don I checked ou the sites. The one near here didn’t answer the phone when I called, but I’ll keep trying.

Lee Valley has the tools for the lathes so we want to check it out. There’s also a store (I can’t remember what it is now) also in the area of Lee Valley that sells lathes, so we’ll be going there while we are in London.

I’m still hoping we can get in touch with the local company. That would be convenient and they have classes etc.

Thanks re: the journal cover. I guess that is my “prototype” :) Next one should be MUCH better.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 02-01-2007 02:11 PM

Hi Debbie;
—-great looking journal!!!

”....ready for notes of do’s and don’ts and tips from the LumberJocks.” And don’t forget all those dreams of your own that are so busy running around in your head, locked up, till you give them life and put them down on paper.

I am a staunch believer of journaling and until about three years ago had not even started blogging—-yes blogging is a learning curve also, as to how much you reveal and place yourself out into cyberspace. It takes one who is sure of who they are, to let themselves be seen by the cyberspace crowd.

Anyways, back to journaling and all those notebooks I have filled to overflowing and stacked one after the other in my office. I have journals in my truck, in my workshop, office and yes, all-ways pencil andd paper in my pockets, since one never knows when a thought will come that needs to be recorded. Great way to learn about your-self also, go back and read what you thought way back when and where you are at now!

Anyways, have a great day!!!

-- --frank, NH,

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#8 posted 02-01-2007 02:31 PM

You sound like me, Frank.

I have booklets everywhere and I also have a mini tape recorder for when I’m driving .. I can just grab it, record, and listen to it later when I’m not having to keep my eyes on the road.

I think that if I didn’t have an outlet to record all of my thoughts, my head would explode!! :)
That’s probably why I am usually doing three hobbies at once—too many ideas.

How much do you share? Trust your inner Self. I have found that the times that I talk about my first husband there is usually someone listening who is in need of hearing about my experience and so a healing takes place. Yah, sometimes you just have to listen to that inner voice about what to put out into the Universe.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 02-02-2007 08:16 AM

Debbie, what a beautiful journal! Your woodburning ( or should I say pyrography ) is so beuatiful. I really like the delicate lines. Everytime I check into what isd new on LJ I say to myself what an amazing group of talented folks. Kep posting these projects!


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#10 posted 02-02-2007 01:17 PM

thanks David; Yes, we should say pyrography but I’m never sure I’m spelling it right so I stick with woodburning hahahaha.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 04-27-2008 08:01 AM

Very nice and personal. So unique, I like this VERY much. Thanks for sharing

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#12 posted 04-28-2008 02:43 PM

thank you Allison :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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