I spent the last hour or so trying to find out news about my dear friend Leldon from Cullman, Alabama. Yesterday Cullman was hit with a vicious tornado that wiped out most of downtown. The pictures are devastating and apparently the local hospital was also hit. I worried about him most of the night and even though he was able to check in to his Facebook page after the storm went through his area, he said it was like nothing he has ever seen. I was a bit relieved to see that he reposted on his FB account a couple of hours ago, but seeing the pictures of his home town I know he and his family and friends will have a long recovery. At least he is OK.
Also, Leldon lives not too far from our own Grizzman here on LJ’s. I am also quite worried about him too. I know he has dial up internet and most of the power is out in Northern Alabama so it will be impossible to hear from him. I am going to try to call him later on and make sure he is OK, but I don’t know if I will get through. I hope he and his family are OK.
When I was in Chicago a couple of weeks ago, my son took us to the Museum of Science and Industry, where they have an IMAX theater and were showing a movie on tornadoes. My son has always loved the weather and while growing up he and his friends aspired to be storm chasers. Even now he has warning systems in place and regularly follows and tracks storms. The springtime is especially treacherous and this year it seems to be worse than ever. I have many friends in the Midwest and southern US and for some reason it seems that this year there has been more rain, flooding and storms than ever.
Living near the ocean, thunder and lightning is rare here in Nova Scotia. While it is commonplace in the Chicago area where I grew up, it is not so where I am now. This morning however, there were several flashes, followed by the low rumble of thunder. It seemed so out of place.
I am sorry to get off topic, but my friends’ situation is weighing heavily on my mind. My heart goes out to them and their families and neighbors and I hope they all remain safe.
I finished up my candle tray for the most part yesterday. One more quick coat of shellac and it should be good to go. I also mapped out the next project and began the drawing process for it. Hopefully I will be able to get some cutting done today and get started on the shaping.
I read the comments that were posted yesterday on the candle tray and you made a good point. With the new saw being so precise, I feel that it has brought the level of my sawing up a bit. I was thinking that as I was cutting the runners on the sled. I hope that it isn’t too difficult for the average cutter to make. I was thinking that I can tone down that part of the pattern a bit and perhaps offer an alternative, easier way to do the sleigh. However, with the deadline being here and limited space in the Holiday issue, I don’t know if my editors would go for it. It isn’t impossible to do, as I have shown, but it will definitely be a challenge for beginner scroll sawyers. But as Dennis said, I do try to offer something for every skill level. I didn’t find it to be that hard, even if I were using my DeWalt, but it is something that I need to remember nonetheless and will do so in future designs.
In other news, the website is still not fixed. I spoke with the serving company again yesterday and they are still working on it. They gave me another month of free service, but the $29 I will save will not make up for the customers I may be losing.
Naturally, I am not happy about it, but at this point, there is nothing that I can do about it and it is out of my control so I need to walk away and focus on other things. As I said yesterday, it is going to be something that will need to be dealt with when the time is right.
With all of that said, it is time for me to get to work. There is so much I want to accomplish yet today and while doing research for this next project, I thought of what I want to do for the one following that. Keeping busy will help keep my mind off of the things I can’t control.
I wish you all a very safe and productive day.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"