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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1216: Diversifying Your Skills

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 01-12-2014 12:46 PM 852 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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"



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CFrye

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#1 posted 01-12-2014 04:39 PM

Sheila, thank you for sharing Leldon’s site! I really like the contrasting woods he uses on the word art signs. I have seen that before and for whatever reason it didn’t strike me as it did this morning. Funny how that happens sometimes. The link to Brittany’s site would not work for me. Enjoy kitty cuddling, drawing, rain and tea. A Winnie the Pooh blustery kind of day here.

-- God bless, Candy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 01-12-2014 04:42 PM

Thanks, Candy! Leldon is really an amazing woodworker.

I tried the link to Brittany’s blog and it worked for me. Perhaps a glitch on the email or on your side. Here it is again. I think you will really like the step-by-step process and her other blogs as well.

http://www.prettyhandygirl.com/2014/01/diy-aged-chippy-paint-technique.html#more-19390

See what happens.

Stay warm and have a fun 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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#3 posted 01-12-2014 04:57 PM

I have visited with Leldon at a number of scrolling get togethers and you won’t find a nicer person.

-- Kepy

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CFrye

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#4 posted 01-12-2014 04:59 PM

Must be my phone. I went to the laptop and both links worked just fine. Thanks!

-- God bless, Candy

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#5 posted 01-12-2014 05:30 PM

Yes – Leldon is a great guy – AND talented! :) I am hoping to see him again in March at the show in Saratoga Springs. He is trying to make arrangements so he can make it and nothing would make me happier!

Candy – I am glad you got there. :)

Take care, 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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#6 posted 01-13-2014 04:13 AM

Two great websites there Sheila. Thanks for sharing. I think I’ve just whiled away an hour browsing through them!
Thank you for the advice on the crackling method. Next project I will work brushing thick layers of the crackle medium and paint. I like the effect.
A very wet day here on the Westcoast.
Enjoy the evening.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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#7 posted 01-13-2014 05:48 AM

Thank you Sheila and everyone else. It’s great to know that I have such a great friend like you Sheila! And I’m glad everyone else thinks I’m such a nice guy! I really try to help out when I can! And yes, these were awesome when Brittney finished them off! I’m usually the guy that says painting is bad, but the paint job really made these that much more better looking!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 01-13-2014 11:53 AM

I think we all have better days when we have each other to share with. I know it may sound corny, but it is truly how I feel. My life would be quite different if I didn’t have the friends that I made here with my blog and also my other friends that I made through woodworking. It is a joy to see others do well and fun to share in their successes.

It has been a warm and wet day here Anna. Is winter over already? Humm . . .

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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