After drawing and doing office stuff all week, I finally get to make some sawdust today. Even though it has only been a couple of days since I was last cutting, it somehow feels like weeks. I really like that part of the job. It is fun to see the drawings come to life and finally be able to hold the projects in my hand. I never think that things look as good on paper, and probably with good reason. They just don’t. I get a real sense of satisfaction seeing everything get cut out and become a reality. I have had many offers in the past from others who said they would cut my designs out for me to save me time, but I don’t really take them up on it because it would take away probably my favorite part of the job.
I have been working on a set of 10 musical instrument ornaments. I know I have a lot of different ornaments, but they really fun to do and are traditionally good sellers. My two highest selling patterns over the last month with the wholesaler were the two sets of ornaments – by far. They just took on several more sets for this next catalog that will come out in a month or so and hopefully with everyone gearing up for the holidays and the holiday craft shows they will do well also.
Besides, I have some great ideas for more different types of sets so as long as people keep buying them, then I will keep offering them. I have one more set that I want to do over the weekend after these and then I want to get back to some more candle trays, as people are already asking for more types of designs for more. It is a good place to be.
The ornaments I just finished drawing are of musical instruments with Christmas holly or bows on them. I have seen many three dimensional (mostly plastic) ornaments of this type and I wanted to do a scroll sawn set of them. There have been a few scrolled set of instruments, but unfortunately they are quite plain and I didn’t think they were very attractive. So I really wanted to make these something that would be special and I would be proud of.
It was a bit tricky getting everything to work right without the risk of losing pieces, but I think I have the patterns down pretty good where they will be OK. I have to go over them one more time before I cut and make sure that everything is strong enough, but I should be ready to go on them by late morning. Sometimes it is hard to actually make things work when you are doing something that is two dimensional. You need to put in detail lines and not compromise the overall strength of the pieces. I am sure some will be very delicate. I am thinking now that I could have probably done an overlay of some of the elements which would have made the pieces stronger, but I think it would have taken away from their delicate nature which is part of the charm of them. I guess the only way to find out if they will work will be to go ahead and cut them.
I should have pictures up tomorrow – “barring all disasters” (I love that phase, don’t you? It’s almost like inviting disaster!)
So I guess this will be one of my shorter blogs. :) I just can’t wait to get at it and see how they come out after working on them for the past couple of days.
I hope everyone has a great Friday and has some nice plans for the weekend. We have the blue-grass festival here in our area, which brings over a thousand campers. Although I don’t plan on attending, you can hear the faint music through the quiet night air, which is good enough for me. It is foggy out here this morning, and I hope that the weather is nice for the weekend. It should be a fun weekend overall and if I get brave, I will meander into town to see what is going on.
But first I want to get cutting! :) Have a great Friday!
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