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 (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"