I was very pleased that yesterday I was able to pretty much finish up the next set of skaters that have to go out on Tuesday. Between the saw and the new blades that I am trying out, everything worked out perfectly and was actually a lot of fun.
Once again, I am quite impressed with the unknown blades that I am trying out for one of my wholesale companies. Not only are they sharp and accurate, but they last a really long time too. One blade lasted through three sets of 20 figures with little effort. I probably could have kept cutting with them, but at that point when I stopped and turned the pieces, there was slight burning in the corners. I decided that three sets was enough and changed the blade at that point, although it was still quite sharp and went through four layers of 1/8” birch pretty much effortlessly.
I don’t think I have ever used blades that performed that well. I am quite anxious to find out what they are. Not only do they last long, but they track right on the spot, and I find that there is no drift whatsoever with them. They turn very accurately and tightly too, and got around those tiny skate blades with little effort at all.
One other bonus that I discovered is that the back edge is near perfect. They are reverse-tooth blades, which means that on the bottom inch of the blade, the teeth are pointed upwards so that there is no tear-out on the bottom of the piece you are cutting. In theory this is great, but I still find that even if I use reverse-tooth blades, most of them still leave a definite ridge on the back of the piece. Although it is much less than with regular blades, it still requires some sanding and you can tell the back from the front.
That is not the case with these blades. The bottom edge is nearly as perfect as the top edge. And even though there may be a slight ridge there, it is far less than what I am used to and a great improvement. That means a lot when I am cutting several hundred pieces like I am now. It will really make a difference in the amount of time I am going to need to sand to clean up the backs.
I was given about five or six types of blades to try out, and these are the first ones I have done so. I can’t wait to see if the other sizes perform equally. If they do, I think that they have a winner on their hands. It will be interesting to see who makes these blades and how they will be marketed. So far, so good.
While cutting in the afternoon, we had some company stop over. This was unusual because as you probably can tell, I am not quite the social butterfly. Besides family gatherings, we are pretty much homebodies, with most of our focus on work. I am not complaining at all, as I like it that way. I enjoy what I do so that most of the time it doesn’t even feel like work, as you know. But every once in a while we have friends drop over to see what we are up to.
This time a friend of my partners came and he brought his wife and seven year old son. They only stayed a bit, as I was in the middle of cutting and Keith was in the middle of making a pen. They were quite interested in what we were up to and enjoyed seeing us in our work environment. Their son was intrigued with the cats, and they with him.
After a bit, they invited us to dinner at their camp on nearby Eel lake. We never realized that they had a place there, as we frequently take walks on the vary road to their place. It is a nice and quiet place where once in a while we would even slip in between the camps and go swimming.
We gladly accepted the invitation and after finishing up our work here at home, headed out for the evening. I wish I had brought my camera, because their spot was very pretty. Their cabin was simple, but cozy and we had an easy dinner of barbeque hamburgers along with a macaroni salad that I brought and some fresh strawberries for dessert. The weather was perfect and calm and I played frisbee with their son while Isabel took a swim (I hadn’t brought my suit)
After supper we made a bonfire on the beach and watched the sun go down and just sat and talked for a bit. Isabel was originally from Quebec. She met Timon when he was there attending university and they came back here to Nova Scotia over 10 years ago. She said she very much preferred it here to there, even though most of her family lived in Quebec. When she came here, she did not even speak English and when she was telling stories, she was very animated and would slip back into French from time to time. I could mostly understand though, as living where I do here, most people are bi-lingual and I am beginning to pick some phrases up. In any case, she was friendly and fun and we had a nice time. I feel as if I made some new friends.
Today I have a variety of tasks to complete. I still need to cut the ponds, but I probably won’t do that until tomorrow. I want to do them on the table saw and that will require me heading over to Keith’s parents to do so. I need to print out the pattern packets and do a light sanding and inspection on all the pieces I have cut. I also want to work on the birds.
All in all, it was a good day. I accomplished a great deal, and took some time in the evening to relax and unwind and enjoy the beautiful place where I live. It is good to find that balance in life. I realize it isn’t always possible, but when it does, it shows us how good life can be. I am very fortunate to have such a good life.
Have a wonderful Saturday.
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"