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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #765: Part 3 of the "Reindeer Games" Ornament Video

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-17-2012 10:53 AM 3362 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday was a different kind of day. I had some time alone here at home because Keith had some family things to do and was gone for the entire day and night. It is rare that he is not here, as with both of us working from home here we are usually both here together. It was odd not having someone here to bounce ideas and thoughts off of, although I did have my three feline companions to keep me company.

I decided that since I had all of this ‘quiet time’ in front of me that I would work on finishing up the video series for the reindeer ornament project. I sometimes find it hard to shoot the videos when Keith is around. We live here in a small place and somehow for me it seems quite silly talking to the camera when someone is sitting across the room. On occasion, when shooting earlier segments, I gently ‘suggest’ that Keith go to the store, or to visit our neighbor Lee or something of that nature to get him out of the house. I do feel bad kicking him out, but sometimes it is necessary for me to concentrate. However, as I do this more and more (make videos) I am finding it a little easier to do and it doesn’t seem so hard to do it with him here. In fact – he has some good suggestions about what I am doing and stuff like that at times and has been very helpful.

But in any case, I wanted to get this project wrapped up so I decided to do so and get all the shooting out of the way. I was surprised how quickly the day passed between me working on the projects and shooting the videos. I had the foresight the day before to oil half the pieces so I was able to continue on right away after showing how to apply the oil. (After applying it, it needs to soak in for several hours or overnight before I proceed to finish the pieces, and I was able to move right along having done these pieces the previous day) I did plan on showing more sanding, but it rained all day and I had planned on showing me doing it outside on the deck, where I usually would be. But I did manage to get the point across by demonstrating for just a short time.

All in all it went very well. I created and uploaded the third part, as shown below and I have two additional segments which I will present in the next two days. I am getting better at splicing and creating the videos with the software, and that didn’t take me nearly as long as the first two segments to make.

I plan on adding these five parts onto the class very shortly. I realize that some people that took the class don’t read here, and I think it will be good to have all the instructional videos available in one place and in one series. Many times I reference back to the classes that I already posted here on Lumberjocks when people ask me questions regarding techniques and general scroll sawing. I am happy that they don’t remove the classes after a period of time, as it is far easier for me to go there than fish through the (now 700+) blog entries here. I owe a big “thank you” to the administrators at Lumberjocks for that.

So without further hesitation, I present Part 3 of the series:

This segment shows how I cut the reindeer and the back board. It runs for about 13 minutes. I am finding that the minutes just fly by and I need to be careful not to make the segments too long. It seems that my camera only takes about 10 minutes of video and then just stops. One of the segments that I shot yesterday ran over, and I was not aware of this. There is no warning or beep or anything like that. I was watching the video to see how it came out and – wham – it just ended mid- sentence. That was quite the pain because there was no graceful way to even splice things together that way and I needed to re-shoot the entire segment, careful to abbreviate the process a bit. It was a good things that I cut some extra pieces so I was able to re-do what I was doing.

I am thinking that I may need another camera. Mine is about four years old, which is ancient in the world of electronics, and I want to look into getting a similar camera that would have a longer shooting capability without having to decrease the quality of the video. I realize that memory cards are available, and I do have one in there, but that doesn’t seem to be the problem because I can easily hold up to about 20 minutes of smaller segments on the camera without a problem. But it seems that each individual segment needs to be less than about 10 minutes. It is something I need to check out.

I hope you enjoy the clip. There were a couple of times that I felt quite nervous again. I don’t know why, but when I tried to reshoot it only got worse and I got more flustered so I finally just let it go and included that part. I will say though that the last two parts went pretty smoothly and I felt much more comfortable in what I was doing. I hope it shows in the lessons.

As usual, any feedback is welcome. I am still on a journey of learning and I hope to improve as I go along. The important thing is that I get some good points across and help others have fun with the process.

Enjoy!

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



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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 07-17-2012 11:21 AM

Sheila that was great

Love the real life bits with Keith &

Cat getting in on the act.

Also nice to see you are the person behind

the famous hands

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 07-17-2012 11:26 AM

Thanks, Jamie! I was going to re-shoot it, but it was funny so I left it in. Richard (the cat) just kind of went crazy for a couple minutes and started ‘talking’. I think he wanted to be included! It broke the tension for me anyway and made it a bit easier. :)

Also, the sticking together was a good opportunity to show that these things happen and how we can rectify them. I wanted people to know that it happens to everyone – even someone who has done this a lot! It is an easy fix if done properly and it gave me a chance to share how I fix it.

Sheila

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

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Belg1960

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#3 posted 07-17-2012 11:39 AM

Hey Sheila, I think the fact that your camera shuts off after 10 minutes has to be a setting in the camera. I believe its set this way so if it accidentally get turned on it wont just keeping running til the batteries are dead and card is full. I’m sure it can be overridden.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 07-17-2012 11:41 AM

I never thought of that but I will look into it, Pat. Sometimes the obvious is staring us in the face. :) At first I thought it was just low batteries or the card was full, but I am sure that wasn’t the case this time. I will let you know what I find out. Thanks so much!

Sheila

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

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jerrells

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#5 posted 07-17-2012 11:59 AM

As always – looking great. I plan to post one of your vid’s. on my FaceBook page as most customers do not realize what scrollsaw is all about. I think the one from yesterday would be perfect.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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Roger

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#6 posted 07-17-2012 12:34 PM

You are better than the Mario Andretti pit-crew when changin the blade, and whippin thru those cuts.. I liked the laughter. I know yer havin lotsa fun doin this stuff. Keep on keepin on. Work safe round those blades

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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BritBoxmaker

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#7 posted 07-17-2012 01:22 PM

Brilliant idea. Microwave should work on double sided tape too. Must try it.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 07-17-2012 01:25 PM

I think it does, Martyn. It softens the adhesive a bit. You need to work quickly though because it resets very fast.

Sheila

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 07-17-2012 01:34 PM

I want an autograph!

Lee

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 07-17-2012 03:51 PM

From me or Richard??

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

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BertFlores58

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#11 posted 07-17-2012 09:38 PM

Excelllent video. Tutorial video is hard to create as it follows step by step process. You made it just as natural as it goes.

Martyn, The microwave technique is working even on PVA. I already done in on a piece glued wrong position. The only limitation is the area for the rotation of the microwave. I never tried with double tape..

Keep up the good work.

-- Bert

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Alexandre

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#12 posted 07-17-2012 09:46 PM

Shelia, Send me a Autograph on a scrollsawn reindeer.

-- My terrible signature...

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Walt

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#13 posted 08-02-2012 08:04 PM

Sheila Great video. I was wondering what type of saw do you use?
Walt

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware, http://waltlumley@yahoo.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#14 posted 08-02-2012 08:21 PM

Thanks Walt. I am glad you like it. I use an Excalibur 21 inch saw. Here is the link to Seyco where I got it:

http://www.seyco.com/saws.html

Ray at Seyco is know for his customer service and attention he gives those who buy the saws from him. The Excalibur is not the cheapest saw, but I think it is the best one on the market and I love mine.

If you have any additional questions, be sure to ask. :)

Sheila

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

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Walt

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#15 posted 08-04-2012 11:35 AM

Thanks for the web site . Keep up the great videos you inspire a lot of people

-- Walt Wilmington Delaware, http://waltlumley@yahoo.com

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