These last three days I have been in what seems like a drawing frenzy. It was just one of those times when I have several detailed ideas of what I want to make and I can picture things in my mind so clearly that drawing the designs seems to come almost automatically. That is a good place for me to be.
Yesterday I finished up two more designs. One of them is something that is dimensional and took a bit more thought and time, but on paper at least, it appears that it will work out well. I am sure I will have a couple of adjustments when actually building it, but that is expected and I think that for the most part, it will work out fine. I can’t wait to see it come to life.
With the addition of the two new designs, I now have a stack of no less than eight new projects that I have to cut and build. I don’t think I can remember ever having that much of a ‘backlog’ of projects to work on. It is going to be a good week at the Excalibur scroll saw, and I am already picking out my playlists of music to listen to while I work. It’s going to be a really fun week.
I will show you another quick peek at the line drawings for these next two projects. They are bot a bit simpler and of a ‘country/primitive’ them. The first sample is of the dimensional project:
I think it is going to be rather cute. I think it is going to be my submission for my next magazine article, which is going to be for the August issue.
The next one is also a primitive design:
It will be something that will not be too difficult to cut, but hopefully also look nice.
One thing that I really love about using the scroll saw is that it allows a vast variety of projects to be created. You can use it to make extremely complex and delicate cuts and projects as well as some very basic and simple work, as well as everything in between.
There are few other tools in our shops that have the capabilities that the scroll saw has, which is why it is one of my favorites. Another great thing about it is that once you purchase a decent saw, the only other real “supplies” you need to work with it are blades and perhaps a drill press. Unlike a lathe, which needs additional chucks, chisels, gouges and tools to keep operating, the scroll saw is pretty much self-sufficient. I think for that reason it is an ideal ‘starter tool’ for anyone wanting to get involved in woodworking. It also can be used in conjunction with many other tools to easily add wonderful detail to just about any type of project. And with a little practice, you can master it very quickly.
It is hard for me to stop drawing when I have so many ideas. I think this current batch of projects has a great variety of styles and difficulties and hopefully there will be something here to suite everyone’s taste. If not, I have several more things that I am thinking about that I will work on as soon as I finish these. And I am sure that by the time I am finished, there will be another list of additional things to make. My idea book keeps filling up, and I am sure that I am going to have a very, very busy summer.
I did want to show you all a couple of pictures of what my friend Anna from British Columbia did with some of our patterns. Anna is always a great support of Keith and I and I have gotten to know her through the blog here on Lumberjocks. I always love seeing what creative things people do with our patterns and I love sharing them so that it can be an inspiration to others, too.
What Anna does is when she cuts some beautiful intricate designs (like Kieth’s SLDK199 Filigree Butterfly Ornaments) she stack cuts the designs with a couple of layers of nice card stock in between. You can find a huge variety of card stock at any place that sells scrap booking supplies or craft supplies. You could easily add several layers and not even notice the difference when you are sawing. The result is wonderful cutouts that you could use in a variety of ways. Anna uses hers to make greeting cards as shown here:
As you see, she then applies them to the cards and embellishes them with hot fix rhinestones. They are absolutely beautiful!
Anna sent Keith and I a card this past Christmas that featured his Filigree Angel as a cutout and it was simply lovely.
The other day I was in the store and I bought a nice but rather plain Easter card for someone and it cost me over five dollars. I had wished that I would have used Anna’s idea and cut some extra pieces when I made my ornaments a couple of months ago and it would have been more personal and fun to make a card. I will certainly keep it in mind for next time!
I hope you all enjoy seeing these creative ideas. I certainly enjoy sharing them with you and seeing your take on our ideas. I always say I am very fortunate to be doing something that I love so much on a daily basis. It makes for a very good life.
So it is to the saw for me today, and probably for the next several days also. It should be a good week of blogging as I slowly reveal the full pictures of all of these new designs as they come to be reality. I truly look forward to the wonderful week ahead and sharing all of this with you.
I also want to wish all my Christian friends a very happy Easter. We are going to head out to Bernie’s and Ellen’s tomorrow for dinner and a nice overdue visit. We had a wonderful dinner at Keith’s parents’ house yesterday and today we will be here at home. It looks like it is turning out to be another nice and calm day here in our area. The days are definitely getting warmer.
Happy Sunday to you all!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"