Since I am in the midst of writing up patterns and doing things of that nature, I decided to share some great things about some of my very talented friends today. I am fortunate in what I do that I come across so many others with such amazing ideas. I always find so many wonderful and inspiring ideas from my friends, and I hope that they inspire you as well.
First off, I wanted to let you know that Steve Good has a new Ebook out. Steve has a great site called "Scrollsaw Workshop" and he offers a free pattern nearly every day. I honestly don't know how he does it! I have been following him for over five years and his patterns are always really nice and fun to do. Steve GIVES his patterns out to scrollers, and he has really helped grow the scrolling community. He has hundreds of patterns on his site and they are all available for instant download.
His new book, Wooden Vases on the Scrollsaw 2, is a follow up book to his popular book of the same name (Wooden Vases on the Scrollsaw). While he does charge for these two books, they are well worth the money. After all – for all the time and energy and talent he puts into them, they are really a great bargain. You can read more about them here: http://www.stevedgood.com/woodenvases.html
If you are not into making vases, I hope you go visit his Blogspot page and sign up for his daily posts. They can be delivered right to your email box and there are always links for the latest free downloads. (There are archives for all the previous patterns as well!) Look around and enjoy all the posts and videos. I think whether you are new to scrolling or a seasoned scroller, you will find something you like.
I also encourage you to consider donating to Steve if you enjoy his site and posts. After all the hard work and time he puts into helping others, it is only right to give back and help him keep doing what he loves to do. He is a great asset to the scrolling community and those who love scrolling.
My other friend I wanted to tell you about is Carl Sherry.
Carl is a wood turner and lives in Kaneohe, Hawaii. I met Carl through facebook and I immediately fell in love with his happy demeanor and amazing talent. I can't really tell you how many years ago we met, but it seems that his Facebook was always waiting for me at the top of my news feed when I got up in the morning. Since we are 8 time zones away, when I was getting up for the day, Carl was always signing off for the day just as I was signing on. It got into a habit to greet each other in passing, and we became friends that way.
Carl sends photos of his daily work to my email and I love to see what he is making. His bowls and wood turnings are incredible, and he sells them at the Nohea Gallery in his area.
On Friday, he sent the photo of this beautiful bowl:
I commented back to him on its beauty and he informed me that on Friday, the Governor of Hawaii came into the shop and purchased the bowl. I thought that was wonderful in itself, but Carl further told me that the reason for the purchase was that the governor was going to present it to the Emperor of Japan next month! Isn't that just so COOL?! What an incredible and well-deserved honor!
I am so proud of my friend and I wanted to share this with those of you who make crafts. I know that at times things can be discouraging, but when I hear stories such as this, I want to let you know because you just never know when success will come to you. It can be when you least expect it.
Congratulations to both Carl and Steve for their wonderful contributions to our woodworking communities. I hope that their stories inspire you as much as they do me.
As for today, I will be writing. I had to do some orders yesterday and also some work on my patterns. I hope to get the new ones posted to the site in the next day or so, as well as the video I have been promising. Perhaps I will have some quiet time today to get it done.
It is a bit overcast today, and cool again. It looks like it will rain. But that is OK because I have so much to do here today, I doubt if I will even go out.
I wish you all a wonderfully creative day! May you find something creative that also makes you happy. And remember to support your local craftspeople!
Have a great Tuesday!
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"