My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #540: Busy Hands are Happy Hands!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-02-2011 02:01 PM 2314 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Holy Moley, what a day I had yesterday! To say I was “busy” just doesn’t seem to cover it. But it was a really GOOD type of busy and I had an incredible time. Who would have thought that things could have been so much fun?

I had made an announcement on Steve Good’s scroll saw forum that I put up a new free pattern. Steve had also mentioned to his readers about joining my mailing list. Well, that was all it took to keep me busy all day! I couldn’t believe the positive response that I received and the number of people who joined up. It was incredible.

For those of you who don’t know about Steve, his site is one of the best sites in the scroll saw community. Steve has dedicated himself to promoting and education woodworkers on the scroll saw. He has a wonderful daily blog in which he gives many free patterns and he also has a site filled with educational and fun videos, as well as a nice active forum – all focusing on scroll sawing. In fact, it is because of Steve that I am here at, as he is the one who introduced me to this site.

Steve’s site has several thousand members and it is the other main forum that I visit on a daily basis besides here. I have made several nice friendships through that forum and that is where I participated in the ornament exchange from which I showed some pictures earlier this week. All in all, it is a great place that focuses on scroll sawing and scroll work. (You can visit it if you go to Scrollsaw Workshop)
I want to thank Steve, not only for what he does for scroll sawing, but also for what he has done for me and my business personally. I don’t think that my business would be in the place it is today without him.

I spent much of the day filling orders and sending out newsletters to new subscribers to my mailing list. I truly feel like I am heading in the right place with things and very pleased to see all the work that we put into the business start to pay off. I know I have been saying that a lot lately, but I am a bit taken aback by everything and it feels good to be in the place that I am.

In between those things, I did manage to sand and prepare the pieces for the calendar project. There were quite a few of them, as you can see:

I needed to make three copies of each piece. One natural colored and one stained to go to the magazine, and one set for myself (which will also be stained.) As you can see, some of the pieces were a bit involved:

Today I will be oiling and staining everything and I promise to have better pictures by tomorrow. These were just snapshots so you get an idea of what I am doing. It looks to be a busy day today, it seems.

I also wanted to make an announcement. With the holiday season quickly approaching, I have been receiving many private emails from people who are thinking about getting a scroll saw who are asking about my Excalibur saw. For those of you who read regularly, you know how much I love this saw and how much of an improvement I feel it is over my DeWalt. It has been over six months now that I have used it on a daily basis and I am very happy with the performance. I had promised to put a review after using it a while and I will be doing so in the next few days.

The reason that I am bringing it up now is that I just found out that Seyco ( has an offer going for free shipping on all Excalibur saws for the entire month of December. (This is only good for the United States, I believe) I have talked to several people very recently who were considering getting the Excalibur and I wanted you all to be aware of this offer. I purchased my saw from Ray at Seyco and picked it up when I was at the show in Saratoga Springs this March. I had heard from so many people about Ray’s customer service and after having trouble with DeWalt regarding service on my DW788, I wanted to be sure that I got my saw from somebody would would be there for me if I needed them.

I must say that I have not been disappointed at all. In the beginning, there were a few minor adjustments that I needed to make on the saw, and Ray talked Keith through it very patiently and everything was set. Whenever we have had questions regarding the saw, we get to speak to Ray himself and he is always cheerful and helpful and thorough. I talk to many, many scrollers in my travels and just about anyone who I have spoken to has said the same thing about Ray and Seyco in general. In these days of minimal customer service, it is good to hear that someone is consistently going above and beyone in order to make sure things are right. I realize that the Excalibur is not a cheap saw, but I don’t mind spending a bit more knowing that I will be getting a good product and good customer service too.

I realize it sounds like I am doing a commercial for Ray and Seyco, and perhaps I am. But I feel that with so many people asking my advice, there is nothing wrong with me conveying my own personal feelings regarding a product that I really have come to enjoy that I use every day. After over 500 posts here on the blog, you all can see that I don’t sit here and sell things to you every day. As I said, I have been asked many times very recently and I think that if you are considering a new saw, this one is a great one to think about. After all, the purpose of the forum here is to share information.

I look forward to the day ahead again. I find a lot of satisfaction in seeing my work come to life and I can’t wait to oil and stain all those pieces. It certainly is going to be fun.

Have a great day, too!

(PS – It seems I dodged the bullet and didn’t get sick after all! The power of positive thinking at work! :D)

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 12-02-2011 04:16 PM

Hi Sheila;

Congratulations on getting a lot of new members to your mailing list… I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “the money is in the list” There is a lot of truth to that, and if I ever figure out how to get it out of the list, I’ll let you know. LOL

Tha calender project looks like it was close to overwhelming. Very nice work.

As far as recommending Ray, you should be doing just that. When you find a good product, others deserve to know about it.

Have a great day.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 12-03-2011 02:20 AM

Beautiful pattern, Sheila. Thank you.


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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 12-03-2011 03:18 AM

Looks like a few Calenders coming up…

Very nice… Yes! You have busy BUSY . B U S Y !!

Thank you….

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 12-03-2011 03:30 AM

In your free pattern you have a photo of the completed project. I’m wondering, did you cut the pattern from a veneered material? To both my wife and I the cut edges look much darker, and uniformly darker, than the surface of the project.


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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 12-03-2011 03:54 AM

Thank you everyone for the nice comments.

Russ – I really forget what I cut that from. I know it didn’t go to the magazine, so I may have used plywood of some sort. I did it almost two years ago and I don’t have the original pieces here anymore.

Also, I wasn’t as good at doing adjustments in Photoshop back then. I may have mucked up the picture a little bit playing around with the color.

I hope you enjoy cutting the pattern though. The birds series came out nice and have been pretty popular.

Sheila :)

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

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