Yesterday turned out to be a fine day. It felt great to be able to get back to the scroll saw and make something again. I know it was only a couple of weeks, but it seemed like ages since I had cut and getting back to it was very rewarding and relaxing.
I cut out the next candle tray in the series. I still need to cut the charms out today and then I will be able to photograph it properly, but I at least took a couple of snapshots of it so I could show it here. I choose a Celtic design again, but this time I did a couple of things differently. I decided to cut all the way up to the center piece which drops down and see how that would work. In the previous candle trays, I simply framed around the drop down piece and then the design started outside of the initial 1/4” frame. Although this approach worked well for the previous trays, I found that it made the design area of the tray a total of 1/2” smaller and somewhat restricted what I could put inside of that area. As it is, to make a 8” diameter tray I was limited to an approximately 1.5” area, as I had previously allowed about 1/4” for a border on both the inside and outside of the piece. I don’t know if I explained that properly, but I hope you understand.
In any case, the design goes right up to the drop down without any negative consequences whatsoever. The try is actually quite sturdy and I like the way the design sits.
I also decided not to route either the inner or the outside edge, as I feel the angular edges accent the design and make it look crisp and clean. Below is a picture of the tray piece(s):
|From SLD340 Deverell Candle Tray and Charms|
And a close up of the details:
|From SLD340 Deverell Candle Tray and Charms|
As you can see, it still needs to be sanded and oil finished at this point. I used 1/2” birch and I plan to use my favorite process of mineral oil followed by spray shellac to finish it.
I really like the look of this design. It is quite simple, but strong and for lack of better words “on purpose”. It was a really easy piece to cut, with only 60 internal cuts. I think it would be a great piece for someone who is in the early stages of learning to scroll saw because there is little maneuvering necessary and no areas that are what I would consider ‘delicate’. Today I will finish it up and post some pictures in my gallery later on.
I have been sorely behind in my gallery entries. It seems that I have just been moving along doing other things and haven’t given it the time it deserves to stay current. I suppose I can add that to my list of resolutions that I have for the next year.
I have a new small business venture that I want to get started on later today. Another painting designer and I kind of hooked up through Facebook. I have been and admirer of her work for several years, as she designs many darling whimsical painting patterns. She noticed that I did woodworking and approached me with the opportunity to cut some pieces for her to design with and perhaps be published. I would then become the listed supplier in both the publications and also her pattern packets.
I need to be very careful with this, as I don’t want to get myself into a trap of spending too much time on something and not making any money. The good thing about this is that since she is a painter, the focus is going to be on the painting, not the piece and the pieces that I will be providing for her will be much simpler than what I am used to. I am going to approach this very responsibly and I will be certain to ask a fair price for my time and work. If it is not feasible for me to do this than I will not partake in it. If it does work out, it may be a nice fill in or side thing that I can do when things are slow. It certainly merits investigation.
We also worked on putting the videos on the site, as well as reworking the articles so that they are right there on the website and look more professional. Previously, my customers needed to download them onto their computer to read them. Now they are right there online so that they will be able to read them on the site. We also are adding in more articles that are relevant to scrollsawing and woodworking in general. We want to give people reasons to keep coming back on the site and spending time there and are looking to be a more relevant source of information.
So it will be another busy day today, I expect. It feels good to be focused and have some clear goals in front of me again. It also feels good to see some tangible projects come from the work that I am doing. Although I know that things like public relations and book work are necessary, it is certainly more fun to have something that I can hold in my hand to show for the work I did in a day.
So it’s Thursday already? Another holiday weekend is upon us. I hope you all have a great one today! Be creative and most of all have FUN! :D
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"