As usual, I am the queen of underestimation when it comes to time. Thank goodness my job and life are fairly flexible and the things that I do aren’t completely reliant on my own estimations as to how much time a particular project would take. If that were the case, I would be lost.
In trying to figure out why this happens so often and why I just can’t seem to get over the hurdle of accurately judging how long something will take me, I have come to the conclusion that it probably happens this way because I enjoy what I do so much. We all know it never seems like things take a long time to do when we like doing them. Time passes quickly in our minds and it seems as if it takes a great deal less to complete things that are pleasant for us to do.
So there. I have taken a potentially negative trait and turned it into a somewhat positive one. At least in my head. My conclusion is that I like what I do so much it seems like it takes no time at all to accomplish certain tasks, when in reality, the clock keeps ticking.
My hopes were to finish my cutting on the new project yesterday. I must admit that I didn’t start until mid-afternoon, as there were other business things that needed to be done before I settled down at the scroll saw. In looking at the drawings that I had made, I thought there would be no trouble at all not only completing the tray itself, but also the add-on snowflakes. So I coasted through my morning tasks without worry or a single thought of time.
As I began cutting, I once again fell into a nice rhythm and thought about how much I appreciated my saw. I am not sure if it is because of the Excalibur or the comfort of feeling as if I knew what I was doing or a little bit of both, but things hummed along just fine. As always, it was a thrill for me to see the design unfold on the piece of ash as the small pieces of wood fell to the floor, one at a time. I turned the piece over to look at the back countless times, as you could really see it unfolding that way and appreciate the beautiful grain. It was like unwrapping a gift, one layer at a time and with each cut made I was more excited.
As I continued cutting though, I did also realize that finishing up the tray would take the better part of the day. While the cuts were not particularly difficult, they were small and many of them were fussy. Snowflakes can be like that. It is sometimes difficult to remember that everything you do on a snowflake is multiplied by six. Even if there are only three inside cuts per arm, that means the entire flake has 18 inside cuts. I was glad that I only decided to pepper the tray with ‘occasional’ snowflakes, filling in the rest with swirls which gave them movement and interest. When the design is completed you will see why I did things this way.
(As I side note, did I ever mention how it bothers me when I see 8 sided snowflakes?? There are no such things that naturally occur in nature and it is a pet peeve of mine when I see them. Just a random thought!)
Back to the tray . . .
I think it really came out nice:
The snowflakes on it are not the easiest cuts, but with some time and patience (and a 2/0 Olson scroll saw blade) they were not difficult at all. Perhaps a bit time consuming though. Remember – just because things take a bit more time, doesn’t mean that they are difficult. I think people confuse the two. I like to enjoy the process.
And here is a shot of the random swirls.
I am not good at “random” things. My head tries to constantly organize things and my random stuff usually turns out like wallpaper, where a design that appears to be random in actuality is a repeat of the design in some form or another. It was truly more difficult for me to draw the swirls and make them look how I wanted than to draw the snowflakes themselves. How crazy is that?
Today, I have several more individual snowflakes to cut out. By the time I was finished with this, it was dinner and there was stuff to do around here that needed attending. So I thought instead of pushing it I would finish the cutting up today. No harm in that.
I am liking this quite a bit, and I think it will look good knowing what I still have in store for it. But you will have to wait and see what else I have up my sleeve. ;)
On a final thought, I did want to post a reminder that Lee Valley tools has their Free Shipping on orders $40 or more for two more days. (And let’s be honest – what order there ISN’T under $40??) I just thought I would let you all know in case you are in need of anything or have any extra Christmas money to spend. With shipping costs as they are, it would save you a good amount.
I hope you like the progress report. To me, it is rather fun seeing this design evolve. All the while that I am cutting, I am designing in my head and thinking of the next projects to make.
And so the cycle continues . . .
Have a great Saturday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"