I was feeling a bit under the weather yesterday and not quite myself. It was nothing to worry about, and I think it was just a passing thing as today I feel much more 'normal'. Fortunately, it doesn't happen often, as I accomplished very little in the way of work. I suppose though that a good rest was needed as it seemed to have done the trick and today should be a great day.
As a result, I have no progress reports on what I am working on. I guess that goes along with being self-employed. It is all part of a give and take.
However, I did have some extra time to cruise around the web and read a bit of what my friends and fellow woodworkers are up to. I don't always have the time to do that. Between answering emails, filling orders and – well – working there is little time for me to read everything that I would like. But my woodworking friend Adrian Broadhead who works for Axminster in the UK has started a nice blog of his own regarding scroll sawing. I have met Adrian through various woodworking forums and he has a passion for scroll sawing as I do. Those of you who also enjoy scrolling may want to stop in and read his blog.
His first couple of blog entries are reviews of some entry level scroll saws. I think that this series alone will be very helpful to many of you because Keith and I receive so many inquiries about this very subject and we don't feel we are qualified to answer you because we only have actual experience with the DeWalt and Excalibur saws – which are both a bit higher price than some want to spend. Even though Adrian and Axminster is located in the United Kingdom, I do believe that much of what he is and will be talking about can be applied to anywhere in the world.
In his most recent blog entry Adrian offers a beautiful free puzzle pattern that you may like:
You can read his blog and get the pattern here: The Art of Scroll Sawing - Part 3
The design is by Bob Wells and it is a beautiful pattern to make for a young child. I am considering making some it these puzzles for my new grand daughter.
I hope you stop by and visit Adrian's blog and leave him a little note of thanks for sharing his knowledge and this nice pattern. As a woodworking community, we need to support each other and help our industry grow. It is great to share our knowledge and creativity with each other and focus on positive things that make us happy.
Our world today is filled with sadness, conflict and controversy. It is hard at times to feel happy and good when there is so much turmoil going on around us. I for one think that by concentrating on the positive things and being creative, it refreshes me and gives me the strength to better cope with the every day things that are happening. By focusing on these things that bring me joy, it leaves little time for me to sulk and be sorrowful. I feel that it is a good way to live my life.
Enjoy your 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"