My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #210: Celtic Candle Tray

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-30-2010 02:04 PM 6844 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

-- 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 12-30-2010 02:20 PM

Very nice – a lady after my own heart! I love the celtic designs….....

Looking forward to seeing the final product and I am sure you will sell a lot of them!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#2 posted 12-30-2010 02:23 PM

Yes, Bob! When I saw your tree of life I had just finished drawing this up. I think we are on the same wave length right now! :D


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

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#3 posted 12-30-2010 02:24 PM

Another beauty!
Happy New Year to you!

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#4 posted 12-30-2010 09:59 PM

What can I say ? you’re an artist! Nice job Sheila
Happy new year

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

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#5 posted 12-31-2010 12:13 AM

Hi Sheila.

I love celtic knotwork and have done many such patterns in my leatherwork. My wife is of Irish descent and loves them too.

One suggestion to make the pattern “pop” a bit more: wood burning can add the little lines where the elements cross each other to define which is over and which is under. A few minutes with a burning pen would add a lot of realism to it.

Worth trying?

All the best for 2011 my friend.


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

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#6 posted 12-31-2010 07:22 AM

That looks very nice…
I like it a lot.


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 12-31-2010 01:21 PM

Thanks to you Trevor! Happy New Year to you also!

And yes, Paul. Wood burning is on my list of things ‘to do’. I have a wood burning tool here somewhere that I have had for several years and I don’t think I ever even plugged it in. This may be the perfect project to give it a try on. There is one woman on my facebook friends named Frieda who had done some incredible pyrography. I will ask her if I can post her recent picture here. It is certainly something to add another dimension to wood. :)

Happy New Year to you!


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

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#8 posted 12-31-2010 11:34 PM

That is awesome Sheila. Luv the Celtic stuff Oh, and Happy New Year to you and yours

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 01-01-2011 02:17 AM

Thank you so much, Roger! Have a wonderful New Year! :)


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

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