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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-20-2012 12:34 PM 867 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 908: Rainy Days in December Part 909 of My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer series Part 910: On Challenging Ourselves »

I think that Christmas came early for us scroll sawyers! Apparently there was enough interest in scroll sawing here on the Lumberjocks.com website that the administration thought that it warranted having a new board in the Forum dedicated to scroll sawing!

I know I am not the only one that is really excited about this, as many of my scroll sawing friends have already posted and began to enjoy the convenience of having our own little corner here on Lumberjocks.

While having our own board may not seem like a big deal, I think it is a great thing. Not only will it be a great place to post specific questions and announcements that pertain to scrolling, but it will also be a good place for people that are curious or just learning to meet and discuss specific problems and questions. With a forum the size of Lumberjocks, it will make it quick and easy to find the information they need.

As for myself, I am happy because it will better keep me in touch with all the scrollers here and perhaps make some new friends of scrollers that are on this site. I really like to see what other scrollers are up to, but besides being here in the mornings when I write the blog, I don’t have a lot of time to ‘visit’ through the boards and go through everything. If I don’t receive notification that one of my buddies posted a topic, I usually don’t hear about it. This way I can stop by the Forum every morning and see what I may have missed. YAY!

I also hope that it encourages other Lumberjocks that may not have tried scroll sawing to give it a go. Many of you have scroll saws buried in the corner of your shop, waiting to be used. I think that there are many uses for the scroll sawing in making other larger projects too. Lots of times I see people building projects and they are using band saws to cut certain details. While this is great in many instances, there are many times when the scroll saw will do a much more accurate and precise job. Hopefully you will give it a try and see how much FUN you can have with scroll sawing.

I want to thank the Lumberjock administrators so much for allowing us this little corner of our own on your wonderful site. For those of you who are reading my blog from other places, be sure to check out the Scrollsawing Forum on the Lumberjocks site.

Who knows? You may find the most “unexpected” scroll sawyers are among us! ;)

Boy! Are we going to have FUN! :D

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"



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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 12-20-2012 12:44 PM

exciting times!!

I’m glad that the idea has gone over so well.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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BertFlores58

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#2 posted 12-20-2012 01:03 PM

Hi Sheila,
For the past days, I was on leave and was not having time on following my e-mail.

About the forum, I seldom visit the posted comments unless you are one of my buddies. I used my e-mail to monitor who of my buddies are posting. Anywhere, a project, blog, or forum posted, as long as you are my buddy it will notify me in e-mail. But I was in awe because scroll sawyers are exemplary in the field of woodworking. They use the fine cutting bits that will be just hairline… meaning you are cutting like a pen. For me and my work saw kerf is already included that sometime I considered a big problem.

Have a nice day.

-- Bert

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nailbanger2

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#3 posted 12-20-2012 01:08 PM

Hi Sheila, it looks like the fight to use the Excalibur just turned into a three way, because that puddy-tat does NOT look happy. Have a great day.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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William

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#4 posted 12-20-2012 01:11 PM

I did not know about this.
Thank you for bringing it to our attention.
My participation lately has been spotty at best Sheila.
So let me also take this oppotunity to wish you and Keith a very joyful Christmas.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Roger

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#5 posted 12-20-2012 01:14 PM

I’ll raise a pint a Guinness er 2 for you and other scrollers. Whoop whoooop !! I got the same flooring mats in my kindergarten oriented shop… lol When I git tired, I lay down n take a nap (jus kiddin bout that)

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 12-20-2012 01:20 PM

Thank you again, Debbie! I can’t tell you how thrilled I am! :D

Bert – I often refer to scroll sawing as “drawing with the blade.” Once you get the hang of it and learn the proper techniques (like I demonstrated in my class) you will find that the wood offers enough resistance to have pinpoint control. It is a very exacting part of woodworking, but not a difficult one. Since the blades are indeed only a hair’s thickness, it give you a great deal of control over your cuts and you are able to create beautifully intricate things that you can’t do with any other woodworking tool. I see many applications for the technique in larger projects!

Nailbanger – That’s my ‘grand-kitty’ Pancakes! My daughter brought him here to Canada from Michigan when he was only two months old and when she returned to the States, I adopted him as my own. He used to be afraid of all loud noises like the vacuum and any machinery, but he is now so desensitized to it, he even tries to sit on the saw when I am cutting! He is always by my side and I call him “The Inspector.”

Hi, William! I am glad you saw this. I sometimes don’t get to read all through the monthly newsletter myself (don’t tell Martin!) but this caught my eye. I figured that others may have passed by it too. I truly enjoy seeing your projects and while I don’t always comment on them, I always look in on them with great admiration. I think you will be a wonderful asset to the Scrollsawing forum William! I look forward to seeing more of you there. A very Merry Christmas to you, your wife and your wonderful boys!

Roger those mats are wonderful for so many things! When we do production work, Keith has the Ex-21 saw on the stand and I use the DeWalt right where it is in the picture – on the floor. I used to always sit on the floor cutting when I had my first apartment. It had a walk-in closet that I made into a ‘shop’ LOL. I may be getting old, but I still have enough flexibility where I can sit hours there and it doesn’t bug me. I also use the mats for sanding. There were smaller ones (about a foot square) made of the same material at the dollar store and they make GREAT sanding pads for delicate scrolling. They are firm enough to support the pieces, yet give a little so they don’t break.

Thanks for all the comments! :)

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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William

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#7 posted 12-20-2012 01:23 PM

I will definately be there.
Actually, I’ve been posting lately in a new blog.
With this new development though, I will surely post everything from there in the new forum as well.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 12-20-2012 01:25 PM

Thanks William! I just subscribed to 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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Rick13403

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#9 posted 12-20-2012 02:43 PM

I think it is great to have our own forum here on Lumber Jocks! since I am retiring in a couple of days, I will be able to check in more often and hopefully have some new projects to post. Thak you Lumber Jocks for the new forum.
Rick

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 - www.thescrollerandtoler.com

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Celticscroller

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#10 posted 12-20-2012 05:29 PM

It’s great that there is both a scroll sawing and a woodcarving forum. I’m looking forward to checking in on these regularly – so much to learn!
Sheila, you must be very flexible to be able to sit on the floor and scroll saw. Not my body! You must have done yoga at some stage.
Enjoy your day.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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William

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#11 posted 12-21-2012 12:30 PM

What did you subscribe to Sheila?

My options have been opening up lately.
I’ve had may own blog for a few years now. It is the link at the bottom of all my posts here.
Recently I was asked to do a scrolling blog, and have been, at This Old Workshop.
I’ve got a good friend who has a website he’s hoping to open up soon. He’s been working on it for a long time. He wants me to blog there about scroll sawing.
Now Lumberjocks opens up this new forum section.
It seems that my options for posting my work are getting larger and larger.
My problem is I want to post everything in all of them and just don’t have the time.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 12-21-2012 01:04 PM

Hi, William:

I clicked on the link in your signature line and right at the top of that page (under the motorcycle picture) there is a box to subscribe to your blog.

I enjoy reading your posts, but like you my time is limited. I write here every day and I re-post this blog to my site. I then link it on Facebook and Google, so it does get to many people from many different venues. But that takes time as you said.

After 900+ blogs though, I have it down to a science and it usually takes me only an hour or so in the morning to do my posts. I do type really fast! :) But that is why there may be errors in typing or grammar or something of that nature. I just type off the top of my head and do very little editing. “It is what it is” If I got too fussy, there would be no way I would be able to do this every day. But it actually helps me set goals and plan my day every day. And it keeps me in touch with customers and friends.

There are lots of other places that I could blog, I suppose. But I don’t want to spend any more time than I do right now, or I wouldn’t have any time for designing. I still send all orders out with a personal note and I answer many questions throughout the day. That only increases as we become more successful.

One day I will have to change things, but for now, it is holding. I think you need to pick and choose which avenues are best for you and your own time frames and goals.

As always, I appreciate your input and thoughts. I think you add a lot to any forum you decide to post on.

Have a great day, 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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William

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#13 posted 12-21-2012 01:11 PM

Well thank you for subscribing Sheila.
I knew you could subscribe,
I just didn’t know where you subscribed.
Like I was saying, I’m all over the place lately.

I have thought about doing something similar to you.
I could type my blog posts in a program such as Word.
My problem is though that uploading the photos for each blog that I post to becomes a pain.
You know I use a lot of photos in my blogs.
I’d have to upload each photo individually,
To each blog I pasted my blog text to.
Do you have an easier way of doing that?

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#14 posted 12-21-2012 01:21 PM

I like the way Lumberjocks is set up for blogging. Especially since they changed it where you can upload right from your hard drive. I just keep a folder for “blog pictures” and I upload from there as I go along. Then when I copy and paste the finished and published blog from here, it drops right into my site software. It is easy. I always write it here first, and then copy and paste into any other place I decide. There is some HTML editing on my site side of things, but I do that very quickly now that I know how. :)

I hope this helps.

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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William

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#15 posted 12-21-2012 01:33 PM

Thank you Sheila.
I will play around with it. I don’t know much about HTML editing, but I’m good at googling things and learning something new.

-- http://wddsrfinewoodworks.blogspot.com/

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