I am really excited again. Already I know that it is going to be a great day. I got up early again (well – maybe I should say earlier) because I can’t wait to get things rolling today. It is a good reason and a wonderful way to start the day. I have already read through all of my mail and it is still pitch dark out, but that is OK. By the time I am done here and showered and done my morning clean up it will be late enough to get going. Besides, we are having the roof redone and they have been showing up here just before 8am. That means that I can start to scroll saw earlier than my self-imposed 9am starting point.
I did well yesterday. It was one of those days that I sat down to draw and the design just flowed out of my pen- mouse like magic. It was one of those days when the sun and the moon and the stars must have been lined up just right because it came easy. I felt like an artist and a designer. I am not saying that with any arrogance or anything like that. Those days are special and incredible. Ask any designer. If they are honest they will tell you the same. I haven’t quite figured out why some days are better than others, but when I do, I will bottle and sell it to all the other designers. It just felt great.
I created another candle tray. This time I did a geometric style tray that I have been wanting to do for months. The design was inspired by the great Frank Lloyd Wright and although I didn’t copy any of his designs, I did try to use the “flavor” in which he designed to create this item. I probably should have done something more seasonal, as I am doing this for the catalog deadline, but sometimes you have to learn to go with the inner flow and let things create themselves. I had a Valentine’s tray planned as well as perhaps a St. Pat’s tray, as they will be suitable for the timing of the catalog, but I just wanted to do this type of try for a while and it was just time.
So I did.
I finished and refined the drawing yesterday and I picked a piece of dark walnut for it. Somehow I felt that dark wood would be the perfect choice for the look I wanted. I laid out the pattern and cut the perimeters and did the routing and today it waits for me to do the fretwork cuttings. I can’t wait to get at it.
This, my friends will be one of the most challenging pieces that you have seen me cut since I have been here at LJ’s. When you look at the finished piece, you may be wondering what I am talking about, but there are many straight edges and to me that is far more challenging than those beautiful and delicate little swirls you have come to expect from my work. Straight cuts on the scroll saw are much more difficult than the swirls. Because of the small size of the blade, it tends to wander slightly and follow the grain, even with the steadiest of hand. For this reason, I need to use the thickest blade possible which will still allow me to still achieve the precise corners necessary to the design. I cut the perimeter and center already using a #5 blade and I was very successful in keeping a straight edge on the 1/2” walnut. However, if I were to use that blade for the inside cuts, the corners would appear to be rounded and not as sharp and I want them.
I usually use a #2/0 blade for most of my small work, but I am afraid that the blade will waiver too much and the lines will look uneven. So my choice for the day will be the #2. A good in-between size that should do the job for me. I would have started last night, but I didn’t get to the point I am at until after supper and I wanted to be fresh and not rush things. I have some good music lined up and my workspace is sparkling clean and I am fresh and ready to tackle the task at hand, feeling well-rested and eager.
Here is a peek at the design to show you (I love to tease!):
|From SLD333 Wright Inspired Candle Tray|
I promise when I show it tomorrow, there will be no Photoshop tricks and you will see the real cutting, no matter what the outcome. We know each other well enough by now that you all realize that I will have no satisfaction in trying to be something I am not and making things appear better than they actually are. This will be a self-challenge that I will share openly and honestly with you, as I always have. I think I can do a good job and I hope I can do it justice.
Speaking of challenges . . . . I am also feeling as if I am ready to start my shoe carving in earnest today. I don’t see the tray taking all day by any stretch, and if I am successful with it and apply the first coat of oil on it, I can either start working on the next tray or start the shoe. I think that the shoe is going to be my choice because I don’t want the others to get too far ahead of me and I am riding on this small measure of success and think it is a good time to jump in and get my feet wet with it (no pun intended!) Up until now, I haven’t felt that creative and I didn’t want to start it until I was ready. It is difficult to define why, but I do feel ready now. Perhaps success breeds additional success as the saying goes.
So you can see why I am excited and raring to go! Who wouldn’t be? It is fully light out by now and time to get moving. I hope I have good news for you tomorrow.
“We become what we think about all day long”.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, philosopher
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"