Since I am in the drawing stages of my next design, I don’t have much to show you today. I hope to finish drawing today though, and perhaps I can even get to the saw and do some cutting.
I did however come across something that you all may be interested in seeing and I wanted to share it with you today.
I have spoken before of my dear friend Leldon. I have known Leldon since he was about 15 years old and I had met him at a scroll saw picnic. Like many others there, I was amazed at his talent and focus at such a young age. His interest and dedication towards woodworking along with his friendly and easy-going personality made him a favorite among the woodworking crowd and we became good friends.
Over the years, Leldon and I have remained in touch. We speak on the phone frequently and I am happy to refer anyone who is looking for finished woodworking projects to contact him. He has never let me down and customers are always happy with the quality of his work and his fair prices.
Leldon likes doing just about any type of woodworking. He does some part time specialty work for an establishment near his home called Southern Accents Architectural Antiques. Southern Accents salvages and restores beautiful antiques and replicas used in home decor.
A while back, Leldon was asked to cut some large corbels for a project. He used his scroll saw to do so and they turned out beautiful.
They were created for Brittany Bailey to use in her DIY blog called Pretty Handy Girl. In the blog, she transformed the corbels using some easy and fun faux finishing techniques. The results were amazing!
After the nice response that I received from my recent box transformation project, I thought that Brittany’s blog would be of interested to woodworkers and painters alike.
I often receive email from both woodworkers and painters who ask me tips on making a living through their craft. We all know that it is difficult to compete with cheap, mass-produced goods from China – especially when the economy is struggling. I find that if one is able to diversify and not be so specialized in offering one kind of service, it does increase your chances of finding success in doing something you love.
Home decor and renovations are some of the areas that are still going strong – even in a slow economy. People are more apt to upgrade or fix what they have rather than start over again and buying new, and by offering your special skills as either a wood cutter or painter for these types of projects, you may find yourselves with many new opportunities. It’s something to think about . . .
It’s raining and windy here in Nova Scotia and seems more like spring than winter. It is a good day to curl up with some tea and a kitty or two and finish my drawing.
I hope you have a beautiful Sunday.
(You can reach Leldon and see more of his work at Leldon's Scrollsawing on the web)
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"