I seemed to have a pretty decent day yesterday work-wise. I did the final drawing and tweaking on the new project that I am working on. This one I will be doing for my own site and not selling off to the magazine. I also got the entire thing cut out and I hope to get all the finishing and assembly done today. So far it is cute, and I am happy with it. It will be a nice and quick project that will also be fun.
Keith is working on some outstanding snowflake ornaments and they are really beautiful. In looking at them, I think that they are some of his finest work to date. He began cutting them and as each one is finished, it is more beautiful than the last. It does me good to see the amount of patience he has developed in the short three years since I have known him and he began scrolling. These are certainly going to be among his best, and I can see many people liking them too. Like me, it seems that he doesn’t tend to post the new items here, as we do get caught up with other things, but I will see if I can persuade him to do so when they are done. I am sure you will like them.
I also worked on another totally different project yesterday. This one is an offshoot of the painted pumpkin candle tray that I showed last week. In order to teach the painting process, I broke down the instructions for painting the pumpkins into ten simple steps. Since I was in the process of repainting the pumpkins from the tray anyway, I decided that I am going to offer them also in a stand alone ornament set for those who would like them as ornaments and don’t want to paint a candle tray. It seemed to be a natural and will really be geared to teach beginners the basic processes of painting. I am thinking I will do a companion video or videos of the process so that even newcomers can follow along with ease.
I will have pictures of both of these projects in the next couple of days.
I did want to show some pictures of what the mailman brought to me yesterday. It was like Christmas in March!
First of all, I received this beautiful basket from my dear friend Leldon:
He made it of oak and it is done using the scroll saw:
Each layer is cut separately and stacked together and then vertical strips are woven through to resemble the weave of a basket:
I have loved these baskets for a long time and I have some older layered small boxes of my own, but not like this. I saw that Leldon does these to sell in the shop near his house and I had wanted to make one for myself but hadn’t found the time. I was so thrilled when I opened the box that arrived and it contained this wonderful present! It is big enough to put my magazines in and I have a place for it right here by my desk. It is made of oak and is sturdy and simply beautiful! Thank you Leldon for such a wonderful gift!
I also received another small envelope from a customer I had spoken with a couple of week before. Charlotte Atcher had called me because she wanted permission to use my pattern to make a miniature “Rocking Reindeer”. I had told her she could, and as a thank you she sent me one of the samples she made. It came in a tiny plastic box which protected it from breaking:
I was amazed at the amount of detail that was captured on such a small piece. Look at the rocker!
I don’t even know how she got everything together, as it looks wonderful and neat and is absolutely perfect.
I can picture this in a small doll house as a prop or even as smaller ornaments. It got me thinking as to the other types of animals I can do and it certainly added to my idea list!
I really want to thank both Leldon and Charlotte for making my day. I love having hand made things and I am very lucky that I have such wonderful friends and customers who are willing to share their talent with me. It really makes me feel good about our woodworking community and the people in it. There is so much talent and kindness and sharing that it is an inspiration to us all.
I hope you all enjoy seeing these pieces as much as I do! Have a great Friday!
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