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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #207: Aftermath

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 1303 days ago 2207 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 206: The Holiday Continues Part 207 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 208: Clenaing Up and Backing Up »

I feel like I have been on vacation for a month! I am not sure why, because I was doing things all the time. Lots of them had to do with the business too. But I suppose the main focus was getting my personal stuff done and really enjoying the holiday. And that I did.

I have been wishing for snow for the last several days now. Having a beautiful white blanket during the holidays just sets the mood right for me. We have received nothing but a couple of light flurries which dusted the landscape only to be gone in a few short hours. Last night however, we finally did have a decent amount of snow. In the middle of the night the lights flickered a couple of times and I needed to get up and unplug all the electronics – just in case. The last thing I need is a computer blow out.

I awoke this morning to resetting things and getting the network back on line. I must admit that I am getting pretty good at it, as things need to be done in a certain sequence in order to connect properly. It only took one try and here I am, back and ready to go.

I did, however hear some unsettling noises from one of my hard drives as I rebooted. Although I have everything backed up through the network on a different computer altogether, I really don’t want to have to go through the motions of reformatting and all so I am going to check it out further when my partner is here to help me. He knows far more than I do about computers and stuff. It wouldn’t hurt to throw another hard drive in there for some extra security and peace of mind. You never can have too many back ups as far as I am concerned. Right now too they are so cheap they are practically giving them away too, so it may be a good time to expand. Just something I need to think about.

I also need to do some general organization in my folders. My computer desktop probably has 50 things on it and like a real desktop, is annoyingly cluttered. I look here and think that it is just as easy to have a ‘virtual mess’ as it is a ‘real mess’ and that it can be easy to not file things properly and let things get out of hand. Usually I am pretty good about it, but in the last minute flurry of activity, it got away from me. Time to clean up and back up again.

On the woodworking side of things, I watched a couple of carving videos over the last couple of days and I think I want to try my hand at chip carving. It really looked cool and I liked the fact that it needs only a couple of tools to accomplish good results and that it really isn’t very messy. I can see combining some chip carving with some scroll saw patterns and also even doing some power carving with the Dremel to make some interesting designs. Lee Valley has a nice set of knives that aren’t very expensive and some free shipping offers and I am debating whether I will use my Christmas money to invest in them. If any of you have had any chip carving experience, I would love to hear what you think. After seeing all the beautiful carvings here I would love to learn at least the basics.

Why aren’t there 48 hours in a day?

I have a long list of new woodworking projects I want to get to, so hopefully I will have some new woodworking projects to show you here before long. I thank you for indulging me over the past few weeks when I sort of drifted off in other directions. I know that painting isn’t really what you all want to see, but it took up much of my time and I did want to share it with you all. (By the way, Diane really liked the sewing box. I was very happy to see her reaction.)

Most of my companies that I deal with are closed this week. Even here in Canada, the banks and post offices are all closed too. They have what is called “boxing day” here which is a holiday that I don’t quite understand, but since Christmas fell on a Saturday, somehow the holiday is extended to today and I think the banks are closed tomorrow also. And then on to the New Years holidays a couple of days after that. So it will be happening all over again.

It is a good time to stay home and eat leftovers and get everything organized and ready for the new year. I will enjoy talking a nice long walk today, as I much prefer the snow to the cold rain that we have been having. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend and get some time this week to take a breath and enjoy the remaining days of 2010.

Happy Monday to you all!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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brunob

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#1 posted 1303 days ago

I think you’ll like chip carving and with your artistic ability, you’ll be a natural.

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 1303 days ago

I have the book by Dennis Moor that I read and I also see that Lee Valley tools carries his knives. His methods were similar to the ones I saw in the video (the name of the man who did the video escapes me right now) but it looked really looked like something that I would enjoy.

I think the most challenging part for me will be sharpening the knives. The stones actually cost almost as much as the knife set. I know it is easy to muck up knives and I haven’t had much experience with sharpening. I saw the electric sharpening machine, but the angles only adjust to about 20 degrees and Mr. Moor recommends a 10 degree angle so I feel like I should learn to do it by hand. Probably better anyway and one less tool to have around. :)

Any thoughts on it would be welcome.

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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William

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#3 posted 1303 days ago

I, too, want to try my hand at carving. I just never seem to have the time though. Chips (fellow lumberjock) even brought me some small pieces that were already started to practice on. Everytime I see them I feel guilty that I haven’t picked them up. As a matter of fact, typing that, now I feel guilty that I haven’t had time to go pay Chips a visit.
I’m glad you had a nice Christmas and got some snow. We didn’t get a blanket, but just the few snow flurries we did see yesterday are a rarity here in Mississippi. The holidays were great. I even got some leftover ham this year. Usually, with eight kids, by the time I go back to make a ham sandwich, all the ham is gone. I think this year was different because I also deep fried a turkey, which I did not get any leftovers from.
I can’t wait to get back to the saw either. My current project kept me mind occupied even during Christmas. That’s the bad thing about walking away from a project in the middle of it to do other thing, no matter what it is. I constantly think about the unfinished project until I can finally get back to it. Sometimes that’s a good thing though. For example, on my current project, that time of reflection over Christmas has made me decide to change my method all together for appying detail pieces. I won’t go into that, you’ll much rather see the finished piece anyway, I’m sure.
And why are there not 48 hours in the day Sheila? Because people like you and I would wear ourselves out and I would actually hurt my health even more trying to squeeze 49 hours out of it.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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YoungestSon

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#4 posted 1303 days ago

Sheila,

Sounds like your spirits are brighter than the last time I commented. I am glad for that. Winter is the north is hard and bright spirits help get through the cold days and long dark nights.

I have never tried chip carving but it sounds like you have a concept of combining it with your other talents and that is probably the most important thing.

May your Monday also be a good one.

-- Don - Rochester, NY

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 1303 days ago

William you are right! If I had 48 hours, I would want 49. LOL Just so many fun things to try! I think you chandelier is going to be a great project and I am watching that blog with interest. I don’t know how you are cutting six thicknesses of 1/4” ply. You have the patience of a saint!

Thank you too, Don. I am sorry about my tantrum a couple of days ago. Sometimes things just pile up and I get tired of putting out fires. I do feel better but I also maintain that I am going to stand my ground. Taking a break has and is a good thing now and then. Sometimes I just need to focus on something else every once in a while. I feel good about things and am ready to attack them with cheerfulness and vigor! I already had a customer email me this morning and ask what I will have new on the site in the near future. It made me see I had better get back to doing some drawing! I have lots of ideas though so it is a great way to start the new year! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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tdv

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#6 posted 1303 days ago

Can’t wait to see what your work will be like with this new dimension added to your list of skills

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 1303 days ago

I am sure it is as easy as it looks on the video! <—-(sarcasm!) I hope that I can manage it though. I would love to have some nice accented borders to some of the scroll work and frames. I always like blending different techniques and types of woodworking. It is what makes it FUN!

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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rivergirl

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#8 posted 1303 days ago

Free ebook for carving
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/22107/22107-h/22107-h.htm

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 1303 days ago

Ohhh! Thanks, Kelly! :D

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Jamie Speirs

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#10 posted 1303 days ago

Sheila, I’ve a spare set (2) chip carving knifes you would be welcome to.

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#11 posted 1303 days ago

Really????? I would sure like that! I had a set and I gave them away when I came here from Chicago. I have done that with many of my things and then have had to re-buy stuff again. Let me know what you want for them.

Thanks so much! Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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