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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #423: Another Lesson Up - Back to Drawing

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 1071 days ago 717 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It is funny how quickly the seasons begin to change. While so many people are going through sweltering heat, I have noticed a definite coolness in the morning air. Even if the temperatures get quite warm in the afternoon, the days are already starting off with a crispness that is reminiscent of autumn. It won’t be long.

I find it is noticeably darker in the mornings too. It is almost back to the point where seeing full daylight as my eyes open in the morning will mean that I am sleeping in and running behind. My favorite time of the year is approaching and I do look forward to it.

I did get several things accomplished yesterday. One of the most important things was to get the next lesson for scroll sawing posted here. In doing so, I also added two videos to go along with it. I was having a little bit of difficulty explaining the technique that I was teaching. I made one video of me showing the process on a drawing board and the other one was me actually cutting. I hope that is sufficient. I tried showing still pictures and explaining things that way but it was difficult to see how I was turning the piece and get the idea across. At least I think it was. I am not sure.

I hope that the feedback will tell me if I am on the right track or not. I didn’t get the lesson posted until after 9pm my time which left little time for feedback last night. After all, it was a Friday night and with summer and all people are doing other things. Hopefully by the end of the day today I will have a better idea as to whether I am on the right track or not. We will have to see. . .

I am finding the videos to be a litter easier to make, although I still do make mistakes in them. Perhaps the most restricting part is that I don’t have a camera person and need to leave it on the tripod and focused on one particular area. It restrains me from doing and showing some of the things that I would naturally do. But the important thing is to get the point across and I believe that even in my limited capacity I am able to do that. At least I hope so.

I spent most of the day organizing and preparing the lesson and redrawing the practice pattern. I am somewhat surprised that it takes the time it does to present this properly. I suppose I shouldn’t be though. After all, I know how I am.

The actual shooting of the videos is coming much faster now. I believe the lighting was better on both of these and it seems that I am tackling one problem at a time and making each one a little bit better. By the end of the series I should be a pro.

I do enjoy teaching and find that doing so in this way is working out OK for the most part. I hope everyone else thinks so too and people are learning. I realize that many won’t be looking at the lessons until the summer is over, so I hope they do stand on their own and are helpful down the line.

In other things, I did get the car in to the mechanic yesterday. He didn’t pull it apart, as he was pretty busy, but he did go for a ride and believes the noise in the rear end is from the differential bearings. He needs to take it apart to see though. Unfortunately (for me) he is on vacation next week and won’t be able to do so until the week after. I find it funny that the rear end was just serviced in March (in Chicago) and now there are more problems. In Googling the problem and reading about it, I wonder if it was put back together properly when they had it apart then. I suppose it doesn’t matter, because it would be a lot of fun to try to make good on any type of warranty that they gave in Chicago anyway. So I am going to just have to eat the cost and hope for the best and see what they find in a week. In any case, it is not a happy thing and I am kind of bummed out about it. I suppose that kills any thoughts of day trips in the next couple of weeks. Even though I can drive it for now, I don’t think it is wise to take it far. I am only keeping it here for an emergency.

So it is back to drawing today. I need to fall on my ‘things happen for a reason’ philosophy and I figure that for some unknown reason I need to work these next few weeks and not think about outings. After all, there is so much to do and I shouldn’t be wasting time anyway. I have lots of ideas for holidays and I need to make them a reality. Nova Scotia is beautiful in the fall anyway, and perhaps when the leaves are turning colors would be a better time to take a break.

It is getting to be time for those walks again, too. I miss getting out and taking an hour to think. I got a lot of thinking done on them and it took me away from the computer and the chaos of things. It sometimes amazes me how quickly we give up our personal time when other things are pressing.

I hope you all have a good day today. Remember to take some time in between the chores and responsibilities to stop and enjoy what is around you. I will try to do the same.

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"



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patron

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#1 posted 1071 days ago

sheila

i only get to peruse your scrolling lessons
as i have been very busy here (north carolina)

but when i get home soon
will start at the beginning
and follow them one by one

you have a great teaching skill
it comes through in the lessons

till i get to them

here is an apple for you

you have a great weekend too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 1071 days ago

Thank you David! I hope you are enjoying this leg of your visit! Any time you have any questions or anything like that, you know where to find me. I am not going anywhere soon. :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 1071 days ago

Hey Sheila,
I did check out your lesson last night as I’m on the west coast and was up late working anyway. I do think it came across pretty clear what you were trying to demonstrate. The videos were definitely helpful. The more pics and vids the better and you’ve been great about supplying a good amount of both. Also your lessons are pretty well written. Thanks again for taking the time out of your schedule to do these lessons and help us all!

Matt

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 1071 days ago

You are welcome, Matt. I appreciate the feedback. I realize that it is a busy time for everyone and lots of people are outside doing other things, so I am not really expecting a huge response. But I do see that people will stop by when they have time and I hope that they can pick up a tip or two and that it helps them.

For some reason, the turning process I use was kind of tricky to explain. I am happy you felt I did so adequately. :)

Thanks for taking the time to comment! Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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#5 posted 1070 days ago

well I havn´t been able to catch up yet …. but I´m sure you do it allright :-)

hope it only will be a small thing with your car

do you remember when I cut the brass sign to the little greasebox with the short fretsaw
I did have a long fretsaw but it was a very cheep one allmost a toymodell … the handle was and is my
problem …........now I have a rust problem but my handle is going to be a lot better
look here what I just won on ebay even with an old achimedes drill ….....so now when its arive I´m clear for some serius cut
from time to time when needed … :-)

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this will be a big step up in comfort I hope

take care
Dennis

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#6 posted 1070 days ago

That is a wonderful looking fret saw Dennis. First one I have seen with that design.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#7 posted 1070 days ago

Very cool, Dennis! Congratulations on your acquisition! I have used a coping saw from time to time when I was working on the house, and that looks similar. Good luck with it and I look forward to seeing what you are going to make with it.

Sheila :)

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 1070 days ago

Wayne .. neither have I but when I saw the it , it just said to me ain´t I´m nice and I can still
work as hard as you want …. if you just give me a little bath…... LOL
funny how tools can drag you to them

Sheila I do hope it will be as good as it looks so I can do a little more scroll work , even though
I still can remember how I strugled with in the school forthy years ago …
but I like the chanlange of knowing its pure thecnic that makes the saw sing and the work floating
those days when everything just click
I know the scrollsaw is a hell lot faster …..... and I wuold proppebly have a good one if that was all
what I was interressted in when it comes to woodwork …..........well maybee one day I fell over an excaliburr that need some TLC and is cheep …...... you can bett I will snack it if I have the money .. LOL

......here its rainning since midnight and will continue the rest of the day
but I´m on duty for the next 24 hours so I don´t mind that its a little cooler in the car

have a very nice sunday

Dennis

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#9 posted 1070 days ago

What kind of blades do you use for that, Dennis? Do you use spiral (where the blade is twisted so that the teeth go in all directions) or just regular fret blades. It looks like it takes bits that are a little longer than the five inch blades a modern scroll saw uses. Maybe about six inches?

I had a piece of fretwork that was four feet by about a foot and a half and over 100 years old that was not only scrolled but it looked relief carved too. I think about the workmanship and how it was probably made using hand tools and I can really appreciate the quality it was.

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Dennisgrosen

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#10 posted 1069 days ago

that sounds like a very nice piece you have been lucky to take care of for a while :-)

I just don´t know what the lenght of the blade shuold be ….....he said he will post it today
so I wiil have to se what options I have to get some blades either in the right lenght
or longer and then make them fit the saw
and I have never used spiralblades …..I don´t even have seen them :-( but it
sure sounds like it wuold bee a good thing to have also in the box too

even if I can´t get blades here and now for it I think I keeping the saw on the wall
to say here is how they made quality in the old day´s … lol

Dennis

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#11 posted 1069 days ago

If you ever need blades, Dennis – just let me know. PM me and I will see what I can do to get you some. I would love to see how you use such a saw. :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Dennisgrosen

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#12 posted 1069 days ago

thank you Sheila :-)
the note is made behind my ear

today its is our turn to have thunder and lightning right over the island
with some havey rain and a little hagl too ….. short periodes but alot of it :-)

Dennis

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