My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #158: Almost done, but not quite . .

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-08-2010 12:51 PM 3743 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 157: Improving on a Good Thing Part 158 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 159: The Skating Pond Scene is Finished »

I can’t believe that I am still not finished with the pond scene! There are days I feel as if I am working so sloooooooow! Is it just because I am more careful? Or am I just taking too long? What is too long anyway?

Speed has never been something that I have been able to brag about. Perhaps it looks as if I do things quickly because I put the hours necessary into the item to complete it it a relatively short time, but the hours themselves are definitely there. I have a friend Rick who can scroll saw and do wood turning faster than what one thought was humanly possible. His nick name is “the animal”. His quality of work is also good. He is definitely the most prolific person I have ever met (his site is at if you want to check out what he does). But obviously I am not like him at all. Although I admire him and his work, there is no way that anyone can keep up with him.

I spent most of the day working on the pond pieces yesterday. I finished painting all the bases and I am about half way done with the snow. I have a doctor’s appointment this morning, but after that, I should be able to spend the rest of the day finishing things up. After the snow is all applied, I need to clear coat everything and finish the ice pond. I was debating whether to spray or brush on the finish, and I think I am leaning toward brushing (except for the bridges). Of course that will take longer to do, but I think that will be the way to go to insure the pieces are fully protected.

I will be heading to Bernie’s tomorrow to work on the new wood at the shop so I really want to get things buttoned up on this project today. I also want to test cut a set to see how long it will take to do so from start to finish so I can set a reasonable price if anyone were to want to buy the figures. And getting the pattern packet into shape will be a day I am sure, as I will include pictures of all the figures and some of the other construction processes.

It is a lot more work than meets the eye. And it is certainly much more than just painting the figures. I want everything just right.

So today’s post will be quite short by my standards. I will hopefully be able to unveil things tomorrow and you will see everything set up.

This has truly been an fun project to do and I am very happy with how it is coming out. I hope you will all enjoy it also.

Take care and have a great Monday!

-- 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 11-08-2010 03:33 PM

Just to let you know, you are not the only one who feels as though they are moving in slow motion sometimes. I have created a knack for making things look easy posting them online. What you may never think about though several facts. I usually don’t start posting the exact time I start the project. I usually have at least a one day lead behind the scenes before anything is actually posted on the internet. Then I sometimes combine two days work into one because one day of the work at hand doesn’t look like enough to me to warrant it’s own post. I have taken eight and nine day projects and made them look like a three day turnaround on the internet. Behind the scenes though, it seems like things are moving in slooooooow motion. I’ll feel like everything is taking too long.
Let’s face it. Scrolling is not something that is know as a fast process. I am constantly told by many people who know me and have seen me work that there is no way they’d have the patience. Someone new came to my shop the other day and seen the latest project. She thought the scroll work on the from of the chest I had built was something that would be easy to knock out quickly. Then she started asking questions about it. After I demonstrated the process of what it takes, and asked if she’d like to give the scroll saw a quick try, she had changed her mind about how easy it was. It was then that she understood why it took over ten hours to cut the scroll work. Then I didn’t even try to explain to her that if it had not been for stack cutting, the hours would have quickly added up to a lot more than that.
As for Rick, he is amazing. I know of several projects that I have done that I sent him an email asking about time involved, or I have read about some on his site on how long certain ones took him. It always winds up though taken me four to five times longer on exact projects than him. The kicker is that on several of those, they were bought patterns that he also almost completely redesigned and still finished them in a fifth of the time it took me to just cut the original patterns.
Cheer up and remember that you’re doing something that most people don’t have the patience to do. That isn’t just my opinion, but the opinion of at least ninety percent of the people I demonstrate scrolling to.


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#2 posted 11-08-2010 04:28 PM

I don´t know how much faster a SS is compared to do it with a deep fretsaw (I don´t have a big SS )
but I do remember how long it did take in my schooldays 35 years ago toooo long for me
but I also remember the reward of seing the finished piece
but I allso remember there was something I liked about sitting there and saw with the fretsaw
I gess thats why I bought one two weeks ago …just in case .. and it will already tonight in
some metalwork for inlay,
and the paint job yesterday wasn´t slow at all , I can say that from building alot of models over the years
and have a few freinds that makes diorama´s with those litle soldiers made of bly
so take it easy you doing great

have a great monday your self

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 11-08-2010 04:51 PM

Thanks to both of you William and Dennis for the words of confidence. You are both correct in that these things just do take a lot of time. I suppose with me writing every day, it sometimes needs to look like only baby steps are being made, when actually they are great progress.

I like taking my time and putting the care and details into the work I do. That is why I have liked the finishing process so much lately. It is very satisfying to give the pieces the attention they deserve and I do notice that the end result is so much better.

I am almost done with the snow right now and then will do a final clean up of the pieces before applying the clear coat to all of them. Then all I need to do is finish the pond piece and I am ready to go. I can almost see the finish line!

This is a wonderful place to look for support from others who have had similar experiences. Just when I need some cheering on, you are all here for me. Thanks! :)


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

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