I am quite proud of how things worked out yesterday. It feels wonderful when things actually work out how they are supposed to. I spent the day cutting for the most part and by 4pm I had not one but two new trays cut out. When I was writing about it yesterday morning, I was wondering if I would be able to accomplish it. After the Wright tray taking so long, my confidence in myself was a bit shaken. Not in the sense if I was able to do it or not but in the time line.
Both patterns went like clock work. The Celtic Trinity design was slightly more difficult because of its many sharp corners, but still fairly easy to accomplish:
|From SLD335 Celtic Trinity Candle Tray and Charm Set|
The Shamrock design was very easy and fun and I could see it being quite forgiving for even a novice scroll sawyer. There is lots of room for error there without ruining the design at all. It actually took me under two hours to cut, and I don’t consider myself a fast cutter. I believe that there are only about 50 cuts in it, which I am sure had something to do with the short time frame. Most of the trays have 80-140 in them:
|From SLD336 Shamrock Candle Tray and Charm Set|
It just goes to show that a design doesn’t necessarily have to be difficult to be attractive. I like them both very much.
I had just finished sweeping and tidying up the place and some unexpected company stopped in. I only mention this because it is not the normal thing for me and although they only stayed about an hour or so, it really stopped my momentum and after they had gone and I finished with dinner and the clean up after that, it was after 7:30 and I was done for the night.
However, during their visit, they were very interested in the work and the new stuff we were making. I took them to see things here on LJ’s like Martyn’s boxes and Jordan’s shirts and shoes and I even got to show them the progress – little as it be – on my own shoe caving. It was very much fun and it was nice to see how much they liked things.
We got to talking about the show in March and I flipped to the site to show them what it was all about. There is a nice video there which shows the judges and set up from last year and gives a sample of what will come in March. I hadn’t checked there for a couple of weeks, but when I want to show them the demonstrators from last year, I clicked on the page and here is what I found:
It truly startled me to see that they had updated it and I was listed among them. Now I know it is not a surprise, but it reminded me when I saw my first project in print so many years ago. It is beginning to scare the heck out of me to see the company I will be in. I am already thinking that I need to come up with some really special projects to take to this show so I can feel like I belong there with that amount of talent. If you watch the video about the set up from last year’s show, it looks like a Lumberjock’s showcase live and in person. It took me courage to post my first project here among such beautiful work let alone stand up there and be there in person. YIKES! I have to get my head together and come to terms with this so I am not a mess.
I realize that you all must think I am immune to this type of insecure thinking because I have been doing the magazine stuff for so long, but there is a certain amount of comfort being able to do something in print rather than face to face in person. The magazine stuff comes out months after I submit it and even if I am worried as to how a project is received, by then it has already been accepted by the editors and gone through some filtering and it is at least “OK” for the most part. I also have so much more going on by that time that even if I am not really happy with it, there are better things in front of me to rely on.
Even with writing here on the computer, there is somewhat of a buffer between me and you all. I remember being nervous when I wrote my first blog 137 days ago, as I had never written one before and thought “who is going to read it anyway?”. Since then, I have made so many friends and have had so much support from you all that I feel as if I talk to friends every morning. It has become very easy.
But talking live and to strangers is something quite different – and talented strangers to boot! My only hope is that I don’t disappoint people and I can offer them something that will encourage them and help them to further their woodworking. When I look at who else is going to teach and lecture, I can’t help but think “What were they thinking when they asked me?” I truly hope I can live up to the expectations.
But that is in March, and as Scarlett O’Hara frequently said “I’ll think about that tomorrow!” For today I have the task at hand of sanding, finishing and photographing these three trays. I think that I will tint the shamrock tray, as well as the sweetheart tray from last week. (By the way, among the shamrocks I put one 4-leaf clover. Did you notice?) I am going to leave the Celtic trinity tray its natural color. I like the sapele and I think it will look nicest that way.
It will be a fun day and I am excited to see how they will all come out when finished. So far so good.
I hope you all have a wonderful Monday too!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"