My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #129: Moving Right Along

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 10-10-2010 01:54 PM 4384 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made good headway yesterday. Although I still have some of the pattern packet writing to do, I did get through much of it and I also got some other important things completed. I finished drawing and cutting the charm pieces for my Wright Inspired candle tray. I think the charms are as cool as the tray itself. They would make key chain tags or even a necklace. I found a piece of thin walnut that was as dark as the tray and it looked pretty nice. It took me only about half an hour to cut and I had two of them stacked together so I got them both done in no time.

From SLD333 Wright Inspired Candle Tray

I even had the brainstorm while cutting to make a set of Art Deco ornaments for next year. That would be cool and different. When I go to New York for the wood show in March/April, I plan on looking into working a bit more with Inlace, which is a liquid inlay technique. I have done inlay with epoxy with mixed results. Some of the projects came out quite nice, but I am sure that there are better ways to do things than I was trying. My friend Jean who is a wonderful wood turner and scroll sawyer (she is the one who got me involved with the show there) wants to work with me on some projects that involve both scroll sawing and also turning. She has used Inlace quite a bit and I am sure I will learn a lot from her. I can see this set of ornaments filled with colored Inlace material and looking like stained glass panels. I realize that it won’t be a project to everyone’s liking, but I will like it so why not put it out there anyway? If people just want to make the frames, they are still beautiful like that.

I took pictures of the finished candle tray set also. I used less frills and ribbon than on the previous holders, as I feel it looks better with less.

From SLD333 Wright Inspired Candle Tray

As I looked at the picture this morning, I think the grain on the tray should be in a vertical direction rather than horizontal, as it is here. It is funny, I try to notice everything when taking pictures, such as background interference and things like that, but I do miss things still and wind up retaking pictures many times. That is the joy of digital photography though. It is fast and easy to make adjustments and re take if necessary.

I put the Spooky Pumpkins candle holder in my gallery last night as many of you may have seen. I am learning not to post things in my public gallery or on the brag pages of the forums until they are ready to sell on my site. I only show them ahead of time here in the blog and on my private Facebook page because if I show them elsewhere, there are sometimes people who are interested in making them and I like the patterns to be ready to sell. Otherwise by the time I get them done, people may lose interest.

The website needs another update, as there are lots of new things to go up there, and hopefully we will get to complete that this week. Then we can begin working on the major overhaul of the software, which we haven’t started yet. My partner did put the pumpkin candle tray up there yesterday though, as Halloween is quickly approaching. I was happy that between early evening when I posted it and this morning I sold five patterns of it already. The trays in general are selling very good, and I am anxious to get my figures from the wholesaler for the month of September when they were first unveiled to that market. I am going to keep designing them until I run out of ideas, as long as people keep asking for them.

I also talked to a gentleman in Ontario yesterday regarding getting my skating pond figures laser cut for kits. I am in a dilemma regarding that because I need to find a way to provide the figures for the non-woodworkers that will want to paint it, yet not have to charge an arm and a leg. I have some hope with this man after looking into it at several companies. If any of you have or know of someone who does laser cutting on 1/8” plywood please let me know so I can receive an estimate. I am hoping to get the set cut for approximately $25 each my cost. I will probably have to charge twice that for retail, as I need to ship the pieces to the US for distribution and also split the profit with my editor for the advertising and also with the gentleman who will be printing the patterns and mailing out the pieces. I have considered hand-cutting them, but even stacked 3 high it will take me approximately 6 hours per set. If it were on a limited basis, I would probably do it, but I don’t know if I will sell 5 sets or 500 sets and I need to have a means to provide them if I am fortunate enough to sell the 500.

I need to prepare the line work and computer files so that all the internal lines are removed that I don’t want cut and make sure that my paths on the lines are closed and neat and perfect so the laser can read them. They are fairly close right now, although they will need a few adjustments, I am sure. As I said, there are about 25 figures included as well as the bridge set up so it is a bit of work. The man I spoke with was very helpful and apparently he works from his home and does this as a side line. He actually called me on a Saturday morning after I sent him an email with one sample piece for an estimate. I was surprised he was ‘at work’ and we got to talking and he told me he actually has an understanding wife because his laser cutter is in his house. We kind of laughed because I told him my scroll saw was in my kitchen. He told me that he still had a day job and may be laid off soon and did this on the side. It just goes to show how many people have looked to their own resources in these trying times job wise. I hope things work out with him and I can do business with him. He seemed conscientious and he knew what he was talking about computer wise and I certainly would get personal service that I may not receive if I go to a large company to have these done. We will see . . .

Well, I have more stories about the business to tell, but I can save them for another day. Yesterday’s post was quite long and I don’t want to ramble on and put you all to sleep! I try to keep it short, but there is so many exciting things going on with work some days it is difficult to do.

I will end with a nice photograph that I took last night. I was doing my dinner dishes and looked out the window, which faces west toward the ocean and I couldn’t believe how pretty the clouds looked. I often talk about my “pink cloud” existence whereas I am an eternal optimist and try to find the good side of everything. Some tease me about it but most of the time it brings people up and they want to join me on my pink cloud. So for all you “non-believers” here is proof that the pink cloud exists:

From Everday Stuff

My cloud is the one on the left. You can all come and visit me anytime! :D

Have a wonderful Sunday!

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 10-10-2010 02:33 PM

If the FLW inspired candle tray is anything to go by Art Deco pieces or a series would be a real winner. I know I personally like the FLW but taking that aside it has a quality look about it which should sell well.

It also seems that ‘yer man fer the laser cutting’, as the Irish would put it, is a kindred spirit (as far as working styles are concerned) and I hope his pricing comes out alright. You could work well together.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#2 posted 10-10-2010 03:33 PM

This time, I have to skip some portion of modern woodworks… mass production… laser cutting… Honestly, I am still primitive… I used handplanes and japanese saw… Only at times that I face really difficult wood that I use the portable planer… Both of you Sheila and Martyn are professional, I hope I could be one.

Sheila, I would be honest that I just known today the right spelling of your precious name… I get use to the Filipino way of Shiela, Anyway, what really catch my attention is your work and I do start reading right away.
I remember now that I was in PEI (Prince Edward Island) when I was still a seafarer. Georgetown I think was the city and I meet some friends there. We berthed about 15 days loading paper pulp in timber form.. I lost my Caroline (a cat) a lady who jumpship in that area upon seing other cats in the port. Lucy was left with us and travelled. A canadian Captain even try to look fo Caroline. My ship was Caroline S and has a sister ship Lucy S that I remember was year 1980. Sorry again for the mispelled anyway it sound same… lol.

-- Bert

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#3 posted 10-11-2010 01:33 AM

I’m on the little on in the middle coming up from behind :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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