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My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #281: Sad News

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-11-2011 12:58 PM 3477 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 280: Good Days/Busy Days Part 281 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 282: Overcoming Demons »

I woke up this morning to news of the earthquake in Japan. I don’t even have “regular TV”, but get my news in the form of the NY Times and Chicago Tribune in my email box every day. I try not to dwell on the news, but I do like to stay informed. Many times it is overwhelming for me.

Since joining here at Lumberjocks, I have met many people from all around the world. There are also many that I haven’t really interacted with, but I have sat back quietly and admired their beautiful work and contributions to the site. Being here has made the world much smaller as far as I am concerned.

Yesterday I received the chip carving knives from Jaime Speirs. I had mentioned that I was thinking of trying of trying some chip carving and looking at purchasing some knives from Lee Valley. Jamie immediately contacted me, saying that he had some extras from a class he taught and offered them to me. He sent them, and the first set never arrived. He was kind enough to send a second set which did indeed make it here.

He didn’t ask anything in return. He just wanted to see them get used and enjoyed by someone. He lives all the way in Scotland, which is an ocean away from Nova Scotia where I live. But he treated me as he would a friend who lives right around the corner. I want to publicly thank Jaime for his kindness in sending me these knives not once, but twice. I will think of him every time I use the knives and it will remind me of the kindness that lies in people’s hearts. Much like I do with the beautiful turned pen I received from Steve in England and the jewelry box from Grizzman in Alabama. These are all reminders of how wonderful people can be and how we make ‘friends’ through sites like this.

I have a new friend on facebook this week. His name is Carl and he is from Hawaii. He turns bowls from Koa trees. I have not heard of Koa before and I was fascinated seeing his beautiful work with them. When I heard about the tsunami heading toward Hawaii this morning my thoughts went to him. I checked my Facebook page and he had posted that the warning sirens have gone off and they were instructed to get to safety. I hope I hear from him later.

It is difficult to concentrate on my trivial things here knowing the peril that others are facing. The sights and stories of the pain and destruction weigh heavily on my heart. I don’t really feel like writing about my own experiences today. I just want to know that my friends and the others are safe.

We need to be grateful for what we have. At any given moment it can be swept away. We need to live each day with appreciation and care for others around us and be aware of our gifts. Family and friends. Appreciate them.

May you all have a safe day. My thoughts and prayers are with those who are suffering.

-- 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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MyChipCarving

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#1 posted 03-11-2011 01:52 PM

Good to hear your chip carving knives arrived.
I’ll look for you in class :-)

Marty Leenhouts
My Chip Carving
866-444-6996

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 03-11-2011 03:04 PM

I will be tardy, but I will get there eventually. :)

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 03-11-2011 03:44 PM

Shelia, When I hear about things like Japan this morning or anywhere else, I always seem to look around where I live. Just north of Myrtle Beach South Carolina. Here we are a “Tsunami ready city”. I, like you, send all my thoughts and prayers to the people of Japan, and to the people of Hawaii, and hope everything goes well for them, and my heart goes out to the ones who have lost someone. Why doesnt your knives present not suprise me. People on here are genuine. Use them well, so you can the rest of us how to use them…..Have a great day!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#4 posted 03-11-2011 03:45 PM

Hi Sheila,
Just to let you know, here in the Philippines luckily the waves arrive at not so high as expected… from news about 2 to 3 feet of wave high been sighted on the coastal Pacific areas. I was in the office and saw the CNN news about the devastation. I just pray for the recovery and blessings for the victims.

Another point of gratitude you rendered to LJ friends. Let us keep it going. It is the mutual feeling for all of us to be happy both those who share and receive such gifts. I knew the feeling of being a giver and how it is returned in many ways.

God Bless,

-- Bert

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#5 posted 03-11-2011 03:45 PM

Just noticed, Shelia, Sorry , mind is going faster than fingers. Sheila.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 03-11-2011 05:51 PM

Thank you both, too.

Bert – you were very much on my mind this morning. I am so glad you checked in and let us know you are OK. This is so widespread and far reaching.

You are both so right about the people here. We have such a caring group. It is amazing that so many cultures can be so supportive of each other. Too bad it isn’t like this everywhere in every situation. (On the pink cloud it is!)

Take care and stay safe. Thanks for being my friend. :)

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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#7 posted 03-12-2011 08:44 AM

Hi Sheila.

I know what you mean about our little “family” her at LJ. I’ve “met” and befriended folks from Russia, Iran, Isreal, the United Kingdom, the U.S.A., the Philipines and other places too numerous to mention. When we hear of troubles elsewhere in the world, we immediately think of those we know there and pray for their safety. Look at the recent floods in Australia. My first though was to send an e-mail to DeGoose and make sure he wasn’t treading water.

I’m surprised you’ve never heard of Koa wood. The so called “Royal wood” was once reserved exclusively for the use of the Hawaiian royal family, with the death penalty for those who misused it. It is a truly beautiful wood and the favorite of ukelele makers.

Have a great day and a better tomorrow.

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

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