I really love the way we get to interact with each other through places like this. I know that the internet sometimes gets a bad rap because people abuse it, but I also think that the way we use it here in Lumberjocks and other similar forums is a fine example of how great it can be. I have met people from all over the world here who I consider friends. I have learned a lot from so many who are willing to help others, and I hope I have also helped some people too.
A couple of weeks ago, I received a request from a customer to design something for him. Even though I am busy a lot of the time, I always try to help people when I can. Designing is my passion and I enjoy making a vision into a reality. It doesn’t always come out as planned, but I like trying new things when I can because sometimes I surprise myself and it looks even better than I thought.
In any case, Bob wanted me to take my Sweetheart Candle Tray design and alter it a bit. The inside of the candle tray (the part that is recessed that the candle sits on) is typically four inches. The outside of the original tray is about seven inches. Here is a picture of the original design:
What Bob wanted was for me to increase the inner section of the tray to six inches in diameter, and make the outer diameter of the tray approximately eight inches. In order to do this, I would have to simplify the design a bit, as the smaller area (approximately 1” ) border would not work with the amount of detail that was in the original design. I thought it through a bit, and I chose to use the smaller hearts only and redrew the design. Although it was much simpler, I still believe it had the essence of the original design and was still quite pretty. I had shown you the result of what I drew last week, but I will put a pic of it here again for comparison:
I compensated for the simplification of the design by adding a slightly thicker border and accenting it with some drill holes and oval fretwork holes. I really liked how it came out wound up making it into a pattern just ‘as is’. With Valentine’s day coming up, I thought people would really like it because it was pretty, yet would not take very long to cut. I wound up giving it as a free pattern for my mailing list customers when they ordered to show appreciation for their loyalty. I like doing stuff like that, and it seemed to be a win/win/win for everyone.
So yesterday, I received an email from my customer and he thanked me again for doing the pattern for him. He had read in this blog that I was thinking about doing some patterns and designing which incorporated both wood turning and scroll sawing together. He sent me a picture of what he did with my pattern and I was so impressed with it, I asked him if I could share it with you. He graciously gave me permission, as well as permission to use the pattern as I wish. So here is a picture of a beautiful earring tree made by Mr. Bob Yates:
I think it is amazing! It is all made from Padauk and the finiale is of Amboyna Burl. It is a wonderful example of how you can combine several different techniques to make wonderful projects.
Seeing stuff like this really gets me thinking. I really love designing and it seems there is a whole world of possibilities for us out there. I love working with wood so much. You can turn it, scroll it, carve it and shape it and make things that are functional and beautiful and will last a lifetime. This really gets me excited all over again about learning new techniques and making new things.
It is wonderfully creative people like Bob who are willing to share their talents and knowledge with others that make places like this so great. I am happy if my original design inspired someone’s own creativity, as it certainly came back to inspire mine. It really makes this all a lot of fun. (Did I mention I love my job?)
I hope you all have a fun and inspired Saturday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"