My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #312: Ready for Cutting

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-17-2011 01:41 PM 3965 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 311: It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like CHRISTMAS (!?!) Part 312 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 313: My New Excalibur EX21 Scroll Saw! »

Just when I thought I was in the clear from this cold, it seems to have reared its ugly head again. Yesterday. around mid afternoon, I began to get pain in my head. It felt like it was in my sinuses, but I barely felt stuffy. By 9pm, I needed to take some medicine for it because it was really getting to me and not subsiding. I awoke in the middle of the night, again stuffed to the point where I couldn’t breath and had to take another dose. This morning my nose is clear, but I still have the pain on the one side of my head and behind my eye, so I am not out of the woods yet.

So much for the medical report. :(

I apologize for whining about it here, but it has really kind of debilitated me to a point. Here I was all excited about things and I am finding it very hard to concentrate with this stupid head pain. I did manage to get one of the three drawings done that I wanted to yesterday and hopefully I will feel better later on to cut them out and try out my new saw. As always, I am optimistic that will be the case. :)

The two subsequent drawings are merely variations of the first, so the ground work has been laid and those two should be easy and I should be able to accomplish them. I feel good being well on my way to getting some good work under my belt.

I was asked by William in yesterdays comments to document the different features of the new saw, and I think that is a great idea. I have my camera all charged up and ready to go and I promise that I will have many pictures of it so that I can highlight the differences and improvements over the DW788 (my old DeWalt saw.) I will not be able to do a true side by side comparison, as I needed to immediately move the old saw out to make room for the new one. However, I think i still have enough pictures to show the major differences between the two. It should work out fine.

In other news, I awoke this morning to a wonderful message from my friend here Erwin. He had his eight year old grand daughter over for a visit and did a wonderful blog about their experiences with him teaching her how to scroll saw. You can read about it here:

Erwin's Blog

There is something about teaching others what we do and sharing our love of woodworking and creating that really makes it worth while to me. I know I felt it when I was teaching again for the first time in years. Although I do consider my patterns a form of teaching, there is nothing like experiencing the instant gratification of seeing the look in someone’s eyes of accomplishment.

I think we are all teachers here on Lumberjocks. Whether we realize it or not, we are sharing our knowledge and experiences with our fellow woodworkers and craftspeople and making them better at what they do. I feel that sites like this are social networking at its finest, developing friendships and sharing knowledge and helping each other. Be it the hobbyist or the seasoned professional, there is always something to learn here. As we regulars realize, this is a wonderful and positive part of our lives.

So with that said, I will get to work and start breaking in the saw. I so look forward to this part of my work, and I can’t wait to let you know what I think of it.

I hope you all have a great productive Sunday, doing the things you love to do.

“Teachers who educate children deserve more honor than parents who merely gave birth; for bare life is furnished by the one, the other ensures a good life” – Aristotle

-- 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 04-17-2011 02:21 PM

Hi Shelia, Sorry about the cold. There is some stuff called Cold-eze that coats you with zinc. The cold bugs can’t stick to your throat. At the first sign of a cold I start it. I load up on lots of Enchinacea too. Very seldom have much of a cold. The Cold-eze will destroy your sense of taste for a day or too, but it is much better than when it first came out. It used to taste awful!! My wife will put up with the cold rather than take cold eze for a day or 2. She is so stubborn, just like her dad, once her mind is made up there is no way to ever change it no mater how many facts support the change ;-)) She loads up on Enchinacea, but it isn’t enough to kill the cold bugs;-(

-- 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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#2 posted 04-17-2011 02:25 PM

you realy try to take the big rollercoaster trip with that cold …. never doing anything half :-)

looking forward to that blog in the rewiew section and your new patterns

try to have a fine sunday :-)
here its 68-73 Farhenheit and very sunny ….. but oh boy its hard to work under those circumstances
in the garden …. LOL

take care

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#3 posted 04-17-2011 03:02 PM

Get well soon. Sometimes it is good to have physical exercise if you have cold. I use honey tea lemon for the herbal drink. I am eager to see the new designs and the comparative review of both.
God bless,

-- Bert

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#4 posted 04-17-2011 05:27 PM

There’s a lot of it about, Sheila, I’ve finally had a day, since last Tuesday, that I haven’t felt totally debilitated by a respiratory virus. Hope you too recover soon. Its no fun.

I await your news on working with the new scroll saw. Incidentally I was at a wood show, last Saturday, where there was a Hegner stand. I marvelled at their quick sawing action, which was much like yours. I was going to video it but they were a bit camera shy and I didn’t want to put any of them off their stroke.

I think that on some level teaching is something you just fall into as an extension of sharing knowledge (theres obviously more to it technically). Theres a lot of that about, here, as well.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 04-17-2011 05:55 PM

Sheila , you did a fine job teaching at the show . I have heard several compliments on your seminars , You explain things thoroughly and did not use them big scientific terms that take 2 mins to say . It is a good feeling when you can teach someone something you know .It will carry on in there lives for a long time . Get well soon Shelia

-- David ; "BE SAFE BE HAPPY" Brockport , NY

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