My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #705: Scrolling Time Two!

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 05-18-2012 11:39 AM 1300 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If you would have been a fly on the wall here yesterday, you would have thought we were actually working! Things were really rolling here for most of the day. The printer was humming all day, spitting out page after page of patterns and all the while we were sanding, gluing and then ultimately scrolling out the pieces for the new kits.

Some time mid-morning the Purolator guy arrived to take the four boxes from the previous order out to be delivered. That was good because it made room for this order. I can’t say that it wasn’t kind of exciting. All in all it was actually fun and I enjoyed the day immensely. There is that moment when the adrenaline kicks in and you kind of hit a rhythm and everything clicks. It is a sweet moment.

I don’t know if the difference was having someone else by my side working on the same project. I think that had a lot to do with it. I am so used to working on my own and even though both Keith and I are here on a daily basis working, we are usually focused on our own projects. It is somehow different when we are working toward the same goal. Better in many ways.

In looking at the pile of prepared boards that need to be cut, they are somehow not so intimidating because I know that I have someone who will help me. After getting through the last two large batches of work, I knew that if need be, I would be able to do it. But sharing the work and also the rewards to me makes things so much better. It is good on so many levels.

I truly appreciate Keith taking time away from his work to help. I think that he may have seen that this was starting to overwhelm me a bit and I am very grateful he wanted to help me tackle this order. I want to be able to keep designing these kinds of kits and knowing that I won’t have to go it alone will play a big part in how much I am able to do. I do admit that when I received the order and the previous order was not even packed up yet, I felt a sense of dread. Not because I didn’t want the kits to be successful, but because I was still not finished with what was in front of me and I felt I was losing control of things and falling behind. It was like jogging over a hill and thinking you are nearing the end of the race only to find a bigger hill on the other side. It was hard not to feel like I was sinking.

But as soon as Keith offered to go and get the paper and prepare the boards, I began to feel better and I once again was able to be excited about the good things that this meant. And they are good. This could really be a whole new avenue for the business to go. And it is doing something we like to do.

By lunch time we had all the boards prepped, the patterns printed and we were ready to start cutting. We spent the afternoon with two scroll saws going full speed and probably got about 1/3 of the cutting done. It was great. I was thinking how it was a ‘happy accident’ that we had the DeWalt saw here and while we were sorry that our Excalibur saw was out of commission for the week, we are happy that we have two saws to work in so we can really get this job done quickly.

I expect this order to be out the door by next Wednesday. Here in Canada, Monday is a holiday and the post office will be closed. I need to wait for my clear ziplock bags that I use to package the kits to arrive, as I didn’t have enough to fill this order. Fortunately, the company I order from is in Ontario and ships very quickly. I was planning to reorder more anyway and I called them within an hour of receiving the new order. There is a slight possibility of them being here today, but it is more likely that they will arrive on Tuesday. But that is OK. Everything will be waiting to be packed by then.

I plan on cutting for most of the day today. I would like to nearly finish today or latest tomorrow, as I do have other things that need attention. I am sure with the help of Keith, we can accomplish that goal and soon have more new patterns available soon. There is so much to do. But it is a good place to be.

Have a great Friday!

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” – Henry David Thoreau

-- 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 05-18-2012 02:16 PM

I often find that if two people work together on the same job it gets done in less than half the time. Strange that but true.

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

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#2 posted 05-18-2012 03:38 PM

You & Keith sound like you run like a finely tuned engine. Keep on keepin on! :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 05-18-2012 04:58 PM

don´t forget to celebrate with either a cake or a glass of wine with a good meal
right after the cutting this time …. after all its a good job done and you have to
after every litle succes …. too often people forget to do it …
remember there is no one ells around to pad both of you on the shoulder :-)

its a good day, no matter how little it seems we have done , when we get a good rythme in the work :-)
and if we have the right piece of musik ready that just fits the work rythme its even better

enjoy the dust today :-)

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#4 posted 05-19-2012 10:32 AM

I want to thank you guys for the cheers. I wasn’t on the computer much yesterday, but reading the supportive comments is great motivation.

Martyn – you are correct. It does seem like this is getting finished in record time. Keith and I are both pretty competitive and we kind of challenge each other to see who gets done with their sheet the fastest. I have the faster saw, but he tilted the motor or the Excalibur slightly so it would cut a little more aggressively and it put him into turbo mode too. We are pretty much head to head with cutting sheets and the time is going by very quickly.

Roger – you wouldn’t believe it if you saw it! The pieces are piling up fast!

Dennis – we took your advice and had a dinner out last night. A well-deserved treat after a day’s work. It felt good to sit and let someone else do the cooking. :)


-- 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 05-19-2012 02:42 PM


take care

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