My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1371: More Progress and New Plaques

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 07-28-2014 11:59 AM 1652 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1370: Progress on the "Nevermore" Scroll Saw Project Part 1371 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 1372: Fifty Shades of Black »

Another busy weekend has come and gone. The speed that time passes continues to amaze me. I must be busy.

It is cool here this morning, with just a bit of rain. After the past few days which were rather warm and sticky, I am happy for the change. Although our weather here in Nova Scotia seems very mild in when I hear about how hot it has been in other places. I feel very fortunate.

I made some progress on my "Nevermore" plaque yesterday. I didn't quite complete it, but it will be done today. I did get the pieces sanded and worked on staining the background and tree branches to make it a little more colorful. I also applied the first two coats of lacquer on it, but I feel it needs at least one more. I use spray so that I am able to get some finish onto the sides of the fret cutout and sometimes it takes several coats. After all the work that went into the project, I want to be careful and patient, as I don't want to muck it up now. If all goes well, I will be shipping it out tomorrow.

Below is the final results. (Things still need to be glued into place.)

The lighting isn't optimal today, but you at least get the idea. My only trepidation regarding the piece is that the raven may in itself be a tad too dark. While dark things typically don't photograph well (especially in the light I had to work with this morning) I can honestly say that in order to see the feather lines that were scrolled into the piece, you really have to look. While a raven silhouette would be very suitable, as he would naturally be back lit by the moonlight and it would be difficult to see details anyway, I am not sure if this is desirable or not. I am still on the fence about it.

It is troubling for me when things like this pop up. While I was thrilled that I had the beautiful piece of ebony to use for him, I now am second guessing my choice as I wonder if he wouldn't be better in a lighter wood that would be washed with black acrylic in the same way I washed the branches with the brown. 

Fortunately, I cut duplicates of the raven. I stacked an 1/8" piece of birch plywood under him for stability and just in case the ebony wouldn't hold up to the cutting process that I did. So right now I have the birch raven in my hand and I think before everything is glued up I will stain and finish it and place it there just to see. I am even considering sending it to the magazine without the bird glued into place. I can give them both pieces and let them decide. I just don't know. 

Other than that, everything worked out fine. I think that will be the  plan today as well as writing the instructions for the Damask ornaments that I finished last week as well as this project. We are planning a site update for tomorrow and Keith has already completed his new projects that he wants included. He created these wonderful Four Seasons Welcome Plaques that I think came out just beautiful:

The patterns for these will be sold both individually as well as in the set you see above. They are on the main page of our site. 

I will be able to post the painted versions of my Damask ornaments for the update. I am also selling the wood blanks for that project, as well as the wood pieces for the Nevermore project for the painters. I will be posting them sometime later on today.

Again it will be a busy couple of days and a busy week in general. We are thinking of taking the latter  part of the week to take a small break and travel to Prince Edward Island which is north of us. We have never been there and it is supposed to be really nice. They are calling for rain however, so we don't know if we will go or wait a couple of days. :)

I hope you all had a great weekend and are enjoying the summer. Last night we had some friends over for a nice dinner and it was a nice change to have some good company. It is nice to take time to enjoy the simple things in life and we are happy that we did. 

Have a wonderful Monday! 

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 07-28-2014 04:53 PM

I like the raven as he is. I can see the veining in him ok. I think the final result has turned out beautifully. Keith’s Welcome signs are wonderful – I’m impressed that he has added some colour :)
You’ll love PEI! We centred ourselves in Charlottetown within walking distance of the waterfront and did our trips around the Island from there – one day touring the Eastside of the Island, another the Westside taking in the Anne of Green Gables Park. By the way, there is also an Anne of Green Gable Village with tourist trap items and rides etc. The Park is much more authentic and interesting (in my opinion :)). We took the ferry across to the Island and came back by the bridge. Enjoy!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 07-28-2014 08:14 PM

Sheila Ebony can be a funny wood
If you turn it, best to scrape rather than “cut”
Got this fae bagpipe makers.
Have you tried Indian ink on edge grain Ash
Sand fine then paint liberally with the Indian ink
once dry you get these lines that can give a feather fur
look. I buy the liter bottle fae the tattoo suppliers

Good Night fae


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 07-29-2014 11:37 AM

Hi, Anna – We are hoping to leave either tomorrow or Thursday. We are not sure yet as I have some things I have to get done before we go. I appreciate the head’s up on some of the attractions available at PEI. We certainly don’t want to get into ‘touristy’ stuff and would rather just observer the quiet and natural things that the island provides. Hopefully we will take some pictures to share.

Jamie – yes – it is a tricky wood to deal with. Some of it is ‘browner’ in color than others as well This was just a small piece that I had on hand. I did a blog (next post) on the results of using acrylic paint and gel stain medium to tint some birch black and the results was nice. Not caustic or smelly either. While I would like to try many of the exotic finishes that others use, I find that since I am gearing my patterns to the masses, I need to try to keep to materials that are readily available in just about any area. Sometimes it is difficult to get woodworkers to add any color to the project. I try to make it as simple and fuss-free as I can.

I would like to try your suggestion on one of my own projects though someday. I love learning new techniques.

Thank you for your input and thoughts. I appreciate your ideas very much.

Have a great day, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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