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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #171: So Much to Learn

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-21-2010 02:15 PM 2420 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 170: Lights . . . camera . . . action!! Part 171 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 172: A "Talkie" »

For the first time this season, there is a light dusting of white snow on the ground. It is actually quite pretty though and even though there is only a touch, it is enough to make me realize that the time is quickly approaching when I have to put my car keys away for the winter.

I will probably have one more week of errands and getting things buttoned up and then resolve myself to the fact that I am grounded for the duration. I really don’t mind though, as there is much to do and I need to finish my holiday projects and start planning for the March show. Before I know it, it will be upon me.

Yesterday I spent most of the day doing research. I was looking at the different video editing software and what they do and trying to figure out my needs. As I said, I am going to keep it fairly basic. What I posted yesterday was what I consider a ‘raw’ video. No editing whatsoever. I was thinking of adding music to it and then I realized that I couldn’t just pick a tune and put the track on it. There are so many different copyrights and all that it muddied up the water fairly quickly. I then read that YouTube offers AudioSwap which is their own database of acceptable music that you can add. That was a great help, but I have yet to try it as the list of available music is long and I want something fitting.

I downloaded Windows Movie Maker 2.6 and I think that may do the job fine for me. I am running Windows 7 64 bit and I read that it works very well with it. I still have to experiment and play around and see what I like best. I am amazed at how much information is out there and the time that takes to figure everything out.

In the short term, I want to do another couple of videos quite soon. I want to do one showing how to tint the candle tray that I cut out and also do a series on some basic painting techniques. I think I am going to paint Mr. Snowman from the skating pond set because he offers up a variety of techniques. I will divide the video into several short sections.

I do plan on talking through these instructional videos. In looking at the editing software, I need to learn how to do voice over stuff. I don’t know if I even have a microphone though so I will probably just talk as I go on at least these earlier ones. I think it will get the point across fine.

I was very appreciative of all the observations and suggestions that I received. Many valid points were brought up which will help me a lot in making future clips. It brings a whole new dimension to my designing and allows me to teach from right here.

I found it interesting that many people thought I cut fast. I feel that I go at a rather relaxed pace. I like to feel that I am having fun and my main goal is accuracy rather than speed. The wood that I was using on that tray was aspen which may have been part of why it went so quickly. Aspen is almost like cutting pine it is so soft, although the grain is far more even and it is less sappy. It is wonderful for scroll saw work, I think – especially for a beginner. The blade I used was a #2 reverse which is the second smallest that I have in my arsenal right now (although I have some 3/0’s on order). All in all the project went quite smoothly.

So for today I will be finishing up the try and hopefully adding some color to my gingerbread people. I have everything sanded and ready for finishing and it came out cute. It is not a difficult project at all, I don’t believe and it did scroll up quite quickly.

I wanted to do some painting again today but I am not sure where the day will go. I have many choices as to where I will place my energies and one is better than the last. It is a good place to be.

Enjoy your Sunday everyone.

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



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#1 posted 11-21-2010 02:35 PM

I’m sure you’re aware of this, but just in case…
Have your car insurance switched to “storage” coverage. It’s much cheaper than having it covered for driving. Just be sure to switch back before taking it for a spin in the spring.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#2 posted 11-21-2010 02:38 PM

Yes, I have. There are lots of people around here that do that and I think that is the way to go. :)

Sheila

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

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#3 posted 11-21-2010 04:04 PM

i have some special connections with holly wood…so if your wanting a strong male presence in your video…i can put a call into brad..as in pitt…and i think the two of you doing the scroll saw video’s would be a good way to go…brad also knows how to work with bears and that could be an advantage…get bart the bear also as an actor for one of the video stints…, but then again those two options could be budget busters…so instead of brad…i have been know to do doubles work for him…i might arrange my schedule and come and do a shoot with ya if ya like…lol….....enjoy your day…ill pm more later this afternoon…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 11-21-2010 06:57 PM

If you could do a tutorial on your saw, that would be interesting. Mine (a Delta cheapo) doesn’t pop the blade off like yours does.

There’s lots to learn and I found google to be my friend. Of course, knowing what to ask it is another learning curve.

Just think, a mere 10 years ago this kind of creative power was in the hands of very few. Today, it’s readily available to whomever chooses to learn it. The first Mac came out in 1984 and its ‘limited’ graphic capabilities put many a typesetter out of business. And now you have a 64 bit processor!! That’s SMOKIN’ hot!

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#5 posted 11-21-2010 08:19 PM

Sheila,

As a Smalltime Podcaster. Audio and Video. I don’t do it all the time, but from time to time. I found some of the problems you are going to run into with the Music. Alot of it is Copyright as you said.

Here is one Soluation for you. Here is a Site of Independant Song Writers that don’t have Copyright on them, Basically what you will be doing when you add one of their songs is Advertise for them so to speak. When you make a Video or an Audio Podcast you begin or close your cast with Audio and who hears it, they hear these artist.

Go here to check it out. It’s called Music Alley. You will have to sign up for an account, and it’s free the last time I checked, you search and listen to what you want, you choose then download, then add it to your Audio or Video.

Enjoy,
Handi

-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner, http://www.facebook.com/HandisWorkshop, http://www.facebook.com/HandisCreations, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#6 posted 11-21-2010 10:10 PM

Shelia, There are quite a few drivers here in the Seattle Tacoma area that should put their car keys away permanently :-))

I didn’t have a chance to watch your vid yesterday, maybe I’ll get back to it today. Migraine day, so it will be a quiet one, even though I have work to do to get ready for snow this week and into the winter. We are forecast to be worse than normal, but normal is barely freezing the last decade ;-))

Need to unload wood so I can take the trailer to the tree farm and bring the tractor home for the winter. Brought the 5th wheel home a couple weeks ago. It is a higher priority so the water lines don’t freeze and break.

Seems like we are all in the same mode, preparing for the inevitable; CHRISTMAS!!! Whether we know it or not ;-))

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

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#7 posted 11-21-2010 10:22 PM

72 degree’s right now…low 50’s tonight…..:)))...i dont see the problem topa…just get the sun screen out..lol….its one of the very few things i like about the south…but i like it..grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 11-22-2010 12:11 AM

Where you at Grizz? downunder with degoose ? :-))

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

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#9 posted 11-22-2010 02:42 AM

I am thinking when I talk on the videos, there won’t be a need for music. YouTube has a source for music that I can put perhaps in the background. I played around with Windows Movie Maker 2.6 and I found it worked nicely. I did another video today where I put two segments together. I was able to apply a fade in and fade out, as well as a transition between the two segments with very little trouble. I will post the video in tomorrows’ blog.

@Ron – I will be happy to do a video on my saw. I love the DeWalt and I think it is a great saw and one of your best buys for the money. I love the blade changing system too. It is quite easy and fast. It makes a huge difference when you are cutting a piece with many internal cuts.

I am still a bit uncomfortable about doing the videos, but I think it will be easier as I do more. I can see that it will certainly help prepare me for the lectures that I will be doing in March at the show. I am glad you all enjoy watching them.

I appreciate all the feedback. :)

Sheila

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

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#10 posted 11-22-2010 04:13 AM

We caught up with you today Shelia. You woke up to snow, we’re going to sleep with it ;-) Both coasts are covered now !!

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

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#11 posted 11-22-2010 04:48 AM

if i open my upright freezer and look at the top where the coils are…i see white and i see ice….besides that..when i look outside…its 56 right now…lol…sorry topa…couldnt resist…..

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#12 posted 11-22-2010 04:59 AM

Grizz, Must be a boring life without snow ;-)

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

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