Just when I thought I had enough to do . . .
I was cutting out my recent project the other day and I was thinking (THAT is always dangerous!) I have been getting a lot of questions lately and I have talked to many newcomers to scroll sawing and for some odd reason I had the urge to teach again, so I thought I would do some more videos.
There are so many times when I wish that I could just be with someone to show them how to do things. It would be far easier than trying to explain things on paper or drawing pictures or tell people on the phone. My blog following seems to be growing, and because of it I have friends all over the world. How I would love to have us all sitting in a single room so that we can learn from each other!
But alas, that isn’t going to happen. But there are other ways to teach by using what brought us all together here in the first place – TECHNOLOGY!
Last year when teaching my scroll saw class here at Lumberjocks (http://lumberjocks.com/scrollgirl/blog/series/4134) I was able to crank out some videos to accompany the lessons. Even though I am sometimes quite nervous when the camera is running, and it took me quite a bit of time to make the videos good enough to include, the response on them has been for the most part positive and I have received many notes from some who have even gone as far to say they enjoyed them.
It still amazes me how many ‘subscribers’ I receive on my YouTube channel! It shows me that people are looking for some video instruction as a way to improve their skills.
So while I was cutting these new pieces and thinking to myself how just about anyone can do these if they use the right process I made the decision that I would bite the bullet and make some more videos. Call me crazy and call me a fool, because I really don’t like being in front of the camera, but my desire to teach must exceed my desire to be a recluse and hide behind my keyboard.
I decided to adopt the attitude of ‘what they see is what they get’ and stop trying to make the videos “perfect” (or “purr-fect”, if you will) I decided to film the process of making these ornaments from start to finish, which would include set up, drilling, cutting, sanding and finishing. By doing it this way, you will all be able to see how I make things on a regular basis and why I think that it is possible for anyone to do it.
By no means do I think I have all the answers. I suppose that is why I am sometimes camera shy in the first place. But overall, I feel that how I do things works well for me and make cutting on the scroll saw easy, fun and stress-free and I do want to share it with others to encourage them to give it a try. While I believe that there are always several paths to the same destination, it always pains me to see someone struggling unnecessarily because they are misinformed or uninformed.
I chose to do many small segments. When I began shooting I didn’t know how I would present them – in several very short parts or in one long movie. What I ended up with is something in the middle. At the end of the day, I had shot 10 shorter segments with a margin of success. Things went fairly well and only once did I have an ‘out take’ because of something I forgot to do and only once did I go through a process only to find that I didn’t hit the ‘on’ button hard enough and had to cut the piece over again. Not too bad considering.
The worst part of it all was that on my new computer I am running Windows 7 64 bit, and it doesn’t come with Movie Maker, the program I (finally) got the hang of while creating my previous videos. When I sat down to edit and upload the clips from the day, it was already after 9pm and much to my horror I had to download the new Windows Live crapola video editing program (AND learn how to use it!) It is set up with Microsoft’s tedious “ribbon” interface where opening a file practically required a degree in computers. Fortunately too, I had already set up a long-forgotten Windows Live account, which I found was mandatory and needed once I was finished in order for me to upload the video to YouTube and make it public. I forged ahead through the maze of commands and somewhere around midnight I had spliced five of the ten segments together as a “movie.”
I didn’t want to push my luck, and I decided that it was a good place to end “Part 1” and saved it then. It covers all the prep work and goes up until I am actually at the saw. It turned out to be just over 13 minutes long and hopefully it will not be tedious to watch at that length. When I was finished and uploaded it to YouTube (you would think I was uploading ‘Gone With the Wind’!) I was definitely glad I stopped part one when I did. It took quite a while and all the time I was holding my breath wondering if I did it right.
Picture by Susan Herbert
Some time in the wee hours of the morning, I was happy to see that it indeed worked, and the video is available on my YouTube page here – Scrollgirlcanada's Channel
For those of you so inclined, you can subscribe to my channel and get notice when I add new movies.
For those of you who don’t want to leave the site here, below is the movie for you to watch:
I am also going to be adding this on to the class, as well as the subsequent videos that I make.
I’ll let you watch now and hope you like it. I am a bit nervous at first, but I must say that the videos that will follow will be a bit more relaxed. It seems the more I did them, the more I felt good in my element and I actually started to have fun with it.
I am going to prepare and upload the next video today, as well as keep shooting the next steps in the process. I got as far as cutting yesterday and still have to finish and stain the pieces, so there is lots to do.
Thank you in advanced for your feedback. Remember that I am no Steve Ramsey. I think for now Hollywood is safe!
Have a great day!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"