It was a good day yesterday. Again I am excited today because I get to cut out a new project. I finished designing my next candle holder yesterday and I have an extremely beautiful piece of padauk just waiting for the scroll saw this morning. It is so pretty, with bright orange and dark brown streaks running through it. Unfortunately with cutting a scroll saw design into it, you tend to lose the pattern of the grain. It isn’t like a box or something like that, but it is still a pretty background for the design I am working on.
I haven’t cut padauk in a long time so I am sure I will have a report tomorrow on how I fare. I know it is quite hard, but I think with the right blade and set up it shouldn’t pose any problems. Over the weekend, my partner cut some bloodwood with little difficulty, and that rates harder even than the padauk. Unfortunately, he was unable to use the bloodwood on the project he was creating. Although this piece was dense, it turned out to be quite fragile. The pieces he cut were at least 1/4” thick and no thinner than that and one piece still broke. We glued it together and it took quite a long while for the glue to dry. We even used alcohol to clean the area to be glued. But then while doing further hand-sanding, the piece broke into a couple more pieces. What a shame. He wound up using a brown maple instead and the project did come out beautiful.
There must be something quite different with that piece of wood. That same piece was the one which gummed up the saw blade at Bernie’s when we were milling it (I had a picture of the blade up here on the blog). Perhaps it wasn’t dry enough yet or perhaps it will never be dry enough for the delicate work I do. I don’t know. I am really going to have to watch what I use it on. I can always use it for overlays or back board pieces though, so I am sure I will find something to do with it.
I had a fun and peaceful and productive weekend. As I said, I worked on the drawings and finished them up. They were quite picky but I made sure to make the lines thick enough so they wouldn’t be too intimidating. I actually changed them twice, which took some time because I wanted to be sure they would be appropriate for someone new to the scroll saw. I have to train myself to rethink things and respect the skill level of others if I want to keep my sales going in the right direction. After all, these patterns are for selling.
I had a good weekend as far as the web site goes. It is good to see things improving despite the economy still having its struggles. I feel that if I can rebuild in this economic environment and make things a success, it will be a great thing. Even seeing marginal improvement is a great motivation to keep trying.
Today’s post will be a bit shorter than what you are used to reading from me. I really have to jump in with both feet today and get moving if I want to get everything I want to accomplish done. Also I just saw a flea on my cat Pancakes when I was combing him this morning. I could only spot one, but with three cats I would be pretty foolish to think that that was it. Although my cats are indoor cats and never see the outside, Pancakes came from a farm in Michigan (my daughter brought him with her when he was 2 months old) and he had fleas. In reading about them and the process of eliminating them, unless you treat them for a full cycle, which can be over a year, there are chances that they will reappear, as the eggs can lie dormant internally for a year or more. With three cats, the cost of treating them was absolutely out of the question so I just get them as they come. The other two so far are clean, but I will treat them today anyway. Besides the extra trip to the vet for the drops, I also have to launder just about everything they touch so my day will be full. It is times like this when I am happy I live in such a small place with minimal clutter.
So that’s the plan. Hopefully by tomorrow I will have another cool candle tray to show you. On paper it looks good and hopefully on the beautiful piece of padauk it will look even better.
I hope you all have a wonderful day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"