You know with the two of us living here in one place, there is bound to come a time when we both Keith and I are at a point when we both need to use the scroll saw at the same time. It was just inevitable.
Yesterday was one of those days.
Keith is still feeling poorly, but on the mend, so he has spent the bulk of his time drawing, as he didn’t want to be at the saw when he was feeling his worst. In the mean time, I have moved along at my own pace, as I typically do and it just so happened that yesterday he felt good enough that he wanted to begin sawing out some of the several designs he had drawn in the past week.
Problem was, I needed the saw for a couple of hours too, as I was ready to cut out the next pattern that I had drawn up the previous day.
So there we were.
Now, we do have the DeWalt saw stored in the basement of our place, as recently our land lady had offered us some additional storage space, but that would have been equivalent to me saying “OK honey – you take the Mustang and I’ll drive the Yugo” Nno offense intended to any Yugo owners out there. I was just trying to make a point!)
While the DeWalt is a decent enough saw, and served me well for over 10 years, it certainly is no Excalibur. And the type of cutting that I was doing was that which I really would benefit from the exactness of the Ex.
But practicality got the best of me and after all, Keith was in recovery from his cold, so I decided to be a sport and use the DeWalt to cut my design. After all, it was good enough for over 10 years and it certainly isn’t a bad scroll saw. I just needed to get off my la-de-da high horse and use it. So I graciously conceded.
But all of this mental struggling that I experienced turned out to be quite unnecessary. For as soon as I agreed to use the DeWalt and before we had even made the trip to the basement to retrieve it, Keith got notice from our editor that she was looking for a last minute project to fill in on the issue she was finishing up. He agreed with enthusiasm to give it a go and since his schedule no longer included cutting, but rather more computer drawing, I was able to slip in and use the Excalibur for the afternoon.
Funny how things work out.
I finished the first phase of cutting done. The design that I am working on is one that is simple, but rather fun. I love cutting lettering and I decided to make a set of holiday words that portray the sentiments of the season. As I said, this is not a complex design, but I still have a little more to add to make it look a bit nicer and the finishing will certainly make it look more festive. For now, here is a sample of what I have completed:
I thought “Jolly” was an appropriate word to show. I certainly do feel jolly today! (Even though I woke up with no running water! There must be something wrong with the pump. It snowed last night, but it was just a dusting and unfortunately not enough to gather and melt for additional water. Thank the stars I had a couple of liters of water stashed so that I could make a pot of coffee! As long as the pot lasts, I won’t worry about it!)
Today I will be spending the day completing the decorating of these pieces. There are 12 in all and I think they will be a fun pattern. I want to work quickly so we can have the site update by the weekend. Time’s a-wastin’!
I hope you all have a fun and productive Friday. Another week is under our belts and we are heading into the busy time of year. Enjoy your day and remember to be “jolly!”
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"