My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #403: A Sincere Thanks

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-17-2011 01:45 PM 1730 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I must say that I am somewhat surprised at the number of responses that I have had so far to the scroll sawing class. It is really so much more than I could have ever dreamed of.

I remember when I first heard of Lumberjocks from Steve Good, he mentioned to me that there aren’t a lot of scrollers here. I took a look on the project pages and thought he was probably right, but I thought I would hang around here for a bit ‘just to see’. After all, I like other aspects of woodworking too and worst case scenario, I would learn something about these other types of woodworking.

Did I ever!

Probably my biggest concern with being here and participating was that I would be considered a ‘lightweight’ woodworker. With seeing all the fancy shops and equipment that everyone had, and me here working out of the side of my kitchen (not to mention that I was female) I was unsure if I would ever fit in or feel like I belonged here.

But in looking around and seeing not only the wonderful projects from people like Kelly, MrsN, Ellen, Mary Ann, Barb, Verna and so many other talented women, I felt that perhaps me and my scroll saw would have a chance after all. I gave it a try. And I am really happy that I did.

In writing my daily posts here, it has given me the chance to get to know many of you as friends. I look forward to ‘talking’ to you every day and your friendship and advice has become a very positive part of my life. It is odd though how when I write my blogs each morning, I usually don’t think of the number of people who are reading. I know the numbers are there, and I do glance at them in passing from time to time, but those who know me well know that I am not what you call a ‘numbers person’ and it really is of no consequence to me how many read this. I kind of feel that if I connect with even one person, that it is worth my time.

I look at this morning ritual I have created as a nice way to start the day with friends. In my mind, I can picture us having a cup of coffee and discussing the days’ events and what we plan to do or how we solve a problem. It is a nice way to begin each morning and you all have helped me thorough many issues, shared your knowledge and experiences and also at times sought my advice on some things. I like that and it makes for a good friendship.

Hosting this class here has just to me been an extension of that. It is my way of giving back to the community that has accepted me so generously. It has been really exciting not only to hear from my buddies during this early stage in the class, but also from new (to me) LJ’s that may have not commented before. It has made me aware that behind each one of those numbers is a person, who is watching and reading and perhaps learning from our discussions here and on the class blog. And that is incredible.

There are several people who ask me why I put myself out here every day for all of you to read. My friend Bernie’s wife Ellen is one of them. She frequently tells me how she doesn’t like the internet because everyone’s business is on display for all to see. She hears from others how people know who broke up with who or other family business because they posted it on Facebook and she can’t understand how people can air their personal lives out for all to see. I respect her thoughts on that and I agree with some of them – especially when I see some of the things that others post. But I do try to remind her that nothing is known to others that they do not put out there for people to see. It is a choice that each individual makes for themselves.

Even I have my limits. You won’t see me talking about politics or religion or some other personal aspects of my life here. It doesn’t mean I don’t have ideas and opinions on them, it just means that I refuse to discuss them on an open forum. There are times and places to make these opinions known and this forum is neither as far as I am concerned. I have personal things too that I don’t share here. It doesn’t mean that they are necessarily bad or ominous things, but they are personal and again, there is a better time and place than a woodworking forum to talk about them.

However, since my job is such a passion and large part of my life, it is easy to talk about the many ways in which it affects my day to day living. When I began this blog over a year ago, I mentioned that I felt that people are like icebergs, and that we only see the very tip that they allow us to see. I believe that is true for everyone. There are some people that I have met here that have allowed me to see more of themselves through messages and emails and I them. And I cherish those friendships very much.

I hope I didn’t go too far off on a tangent here, as I sometimes do, but I wanted to say how much I appreciate all your support not only for this class, but over the past year. I can’t explain how thrilled I am that so many of you are excited and learning from my class – even as we are barely getting started. Heck – we haven’t even turned on our saws yet!

Whether you are actively participating or just watching, I want you all to know that I feel it is a great privilege that you have all bestowed on me. It does my heart so good to see people learning something and having fun at the same time. And it makes me feel good to know that I have something to offer some of you too. It feels good to give back to a place that I feel I have gained so much from.

I have received many thanks from a lot of you for doing this class, but I feel that it is me who should be thanking you all for your support and acceptance. You have all made me feel like a member of your community here and I thoroughly appreciate it.

I just had to say.

-- 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 07-17-2011 02:36 PM

Shelia , A big thank you for taking the time out of your busy life and running the scroll saw classes . With the experience scroller’s following along adding there tips and new scrollers asking questions. It is a learning experience for all and a reminder to some . Have a good day

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

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#2 posted 07-17-2011 02:57 PM

Let me throw another big thanks in there as well. I for one look forward to checking out the class.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#3 posted 07-17-2011 04:10 PM

Thank you Sheila for doing this daily, it “bugs” me when I get up and you haven’t posted yet! ;-} I look forward to reading your postings that it has become a daily ritual and I, for one, would miss it if you stop writing. However if you do decide to cut back or quit altogether because you choose to, don’t let my ritual(s) stop you! In your shoes, I would not enjoy continuing to do this because of someone’s ritual if I truly wished to stop! By your words, you have said you do enjoy writing so keep on doing it till you no longer enjoy it. I think maybe by that time we will be smart enough to read between the lines and know if you are not enjoying the writing and wanting you to quit. I hope the time never comes! Count me in as one of your fans!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 07-17-2011 04:28 PM

I promise that I won’t be here more than I want It is funny, but it never really seems to be an obligation. Just a ‘habit’ that I seem to have acquired. :) I am glad that the new place was opened for general chat, although I haven’t really had a chance to visit it. I suppose I talk enough between here and my comments on other posts! :)

Thanks to you all!

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

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#5 posted 07-17-2011 05:45 PM

Yup, I have my morning coffee reading your posts also, and chuckle to myself, “Come on Sheila, shake a leg. You’re wasting the day away” when I’‘m here before you. I have always wondered if writing these has improved you writing skills, and have they added perspective into you own life?

-- John from Hampstead

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#6 posted 07-17-2011 07:42 PM

come on Sheila you knew you wuold fit in among this bunch of woodnerds
even before you joined and made the first blog you knew you cuoldn´t find a better corner
to hang out …. LOL

just ceep on writting the daily blog as long as you wish …. but the day you think its too
much do to other happits in your life and only want to do it occassionaly then please lets us know
so we don´t go around and worry about you :-)

take care

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#7 posted 07-17-2011 09:16 PM

Let me Welcome your GRATITUDE to LJs first and the second… LET ME SAY… THANK YOU TOO!

-- Bert

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 07-17-2011 10:01 PM

I have always considered this a Win/Win site. We ALL seem to go away from it a little richer than when we arrived. :) That is a great thing!


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

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#9 posted 07-17-2011 10:39 PM

I may not always comment, Sheila but I read your posts most days on the day and catch up later if I’m busy. Its good to have you around.

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

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#10 posted 07-17-2011 11:41 PM

Concur with Martyn – you are part of my morning routine. Ideas and inspiration before my coffee,THANKS!


-- Steven Davis - see me at

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#11 posted 07-18-2011 03:27 PM

Just catching up while I’m sick today. Yes, Sheila, you can count me in as a “most of the time” reader, it really depends on how much time I have that day. And, even though you know it impresses me, I have to find out how long it is because you can type faster than I can read!

Great job on the class so far, I’ve already picked up some good tips, and it’s great to see all the participation.

This is a woodworking site, not a carpenter’s or renovation (refurbers) site, so I don’t have all that much to offer YET, but when I see a question about carpentry or framing or flooring or anything that I KNOW about I jump in with both feet to help. This is how I try to justify all the wonderful knowledge I have gotten here. You should see some of the looks I get from people nowadays when I quote some little tidbit from here in the real world. Amazement would be one description. So yes, Sheila, I understand what you mean about a win/win site, and it’s people like you that make it so.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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