My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #284: A Little Demonstration Piece for Class

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 03-14-2011 12:09 PM 6365 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today’s post is going to be short. I know I have said that before, but then I get to rambling on. I can’t however today because I have an appointment in Yarmouth and need to get it in gear early.

I am happy to say that I got to spend at least a little time at the saw yesterday. I worked on some of the pieces that I will be demonstrating with at the lectures.

Since this isn’t a ‘hands-on’ type of class due to the size and time constraints, it is up to me to convey my points to them by demonstrations. I wanted to make something that wouldn’t take too long for me to cut, but would show as many different techniques as possible.

Last year, I designed a little bunny dish to give away free on my site. I did this right before Easter, and thought that it would be a nice little something for others to make that they could use for quick gifts filled with jelly beans or M & M’s.

the original design had three rings that were cut by angling the saw so the edge beveled outward from the center and caught on the next outer layer. I like these kind of little baskets, but I didn’t want to mess with pieces or glue. In order to get my point across, I decided to rework the pattern so that I cut a beveled spiral from the center of the basket, much like the little lady bug dish project that I show in my project gallery. I think it came out really cute:

From Bunny for Class

This little design will allow me to demonstrate several different common techniques. The most predominant one being the spiral cut that allows the wood to kind of ‘bend’ and form the sides of the little dish:

From Bunny for Class

Not only will I be able to demonstrate how easy it is to bevel cut, but I will also be able to show how to cut inside and outside corners, applying the pattern, inside cuts, and cutting in a circle.

I timed myself when I cut the bunny out and it took approximately seven minutes. That is certainly enough time to fit it into the class. I think that if people watch me do it start to finish, they will not be intimidated by it and will hopefully give it a try. I am going to offer up the pattern in the printed material that I am distributing at the class and later on I think I will maybe make a video of it for my site and have it available there.

I can see people making a bunch of these for teachers, children and friends as just little unexpected gifts.

From Bunny for Class

I am going to cut one out of walnut later on today so I can have a “chocolate bunny” too.

It felt good to get back to the saw, even for this brief time. I am down to one week now before I leave and I am sure it is going to go by rather quickly. Each step that I can check off of my list of things to do is an accomplishment.

With that said, I need to get on to other things today. It is still dark out but starting to lighten up and there are some things I need to do before I leave this morning. I hope you all have a great Monday and that your day is filled with fun and creativity.

-- 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 03-14-2011 03:29 PM

You said it’s not a “hands-on” class. Will there maybe be time after class in case some of the students have concerns that can only be addressed “hands-on”? Just a thought.


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#2 posted 03-15-2011 01:04 AM

Hi Sheila.

Raise the flag and bake a sponge cake! You said it would be a short blog today, and it was!

I think I need my smelling salts…


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

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#3 posted 03-15-2011 01:17 AM

Yes, and I think I can make you smile even more . . . .

I had a dream/nightmare last night that I was up in front of everyone and absolutely speechless! (No kidding!)

Scary, Huh????

Sheila ;)

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

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#4 posted 03-15-2011 10:07 AM

I like those bunny baskets! Kool idea ;-) My wife will love ‘em too. I better make her a basket full ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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