My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #83: Do We Ever Have "Enough" Wood??

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 08-25-2010 12:53 PM 4948 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I actually got up early today so I must be excited about something. I really don’t know what though. Maybe just work in general. I awoke at about 5:30 and really didn’t think at all about going back to sleep. Some mornings are just like that.

There is so much going on in my head right now. Yesterday we spend the latter part of the afternoon sorting and stacking our wood supply and doing a kind of mental inventory of what we have. It is really quite impressive. Although there isn’t a great deal of wood by most people’s standards (by that, I mean fellow woodworkers) you all need to remember the scale of what I do is much smaller than most and therefore it only takes small pieces to finish a project.

Also, the pile of wood that I have here is pretty much ‘ready to go’ with only a light sanding needed. I think that is good about doing things the way I do and being in the situation I am in. I get to get the major messy part of things out of the way all in one day. What is left then is the wonderful and more intricate scroll sawing part of the design and there is little to distract or interrupt me.

I look at that pile and see all the wonderful colors and figures of the different species of wood and I can only imagine the finished projects that come of it. I couldn’t help but notice when we were at the shop the other day that some of the pieces still had their pricing stickers on it. Any non-woodworker wouldn’t quite understand about spending $30 or more for a small three foot long board, but when I think of how many beautiful things can be made from it, it is quite the bargain.

There is talk around here also of us heading up to Halifax on Friday to spend a day and ‘shop’. My partner works at the fishing plant and the work varies from day to day depending on what they are processing. It seems he may be able to get Friday off. Our favorite lumber store is only open Monday until Friday and with the drive to Halifax three hours away, it is impossible for us to make it there on a regular week day unless we take the entire day.

I don’t believe I have been to the city since starting this blog. The place we go it is absolutely incredible and I will certainly take some pictures for you all to see. They have hundreds and hundreds of bins of wood of hundreds of different species in all thicknesses and lengths. You get to pick your own pieces and shop for what you need. They even have a bargain bin of small cuts (perfect for me!) that you can choose from. It is literally a candy store of lumber and the quality and selection is like I have never seen.

Now I hear some of you thinking “I thought she just said she had a good supply of wood?” But you all know better, don’t you? We ARE all woodworkers, aren’t we? How many of us can honestly ever say we have ENOUGH wood anyway? Besides, the winter here is long and the snow gets deep. I park the little mustang from November until late March or April and although I will have access to other vehicles, I doubt that a trip to the city will be in order. Remember the story of the Ant and the Grasshopper? I want to be sure I won’t run out of anything I may need over the long, cold winter.

The fun part too is since I have all my basic wood in stock, I will concentrate on getting some really pretty pieces for those special projects. Quality not quantity and all of that. It will be nice to be able to pick and choose and I am sure it will stir up some ideas in my already full head for some new things to do. I just can’t wait!

As for today, I have two more patterns to turn into packets and I need to finish drawing my next design. It seems like I have been drawing it forever, as I started it last week but I haven’t been able to work on it since then. I know another good day and I will be able to go to the saw and start cutting. I can’t wait for that.

In the mean time, I have been painting a bit at night and working on the skaters. I finished the next one. His name is “Pierre” because my partner says he looks French. Since he doesn’t have facial features, I am not quite sure what he means, but I guess he says his shirt looks French and besides Pierre is as good a name as any. So here is Pierre:

From SLDP103 Skating Pond Figures

I have really enjoyed doing these at night. It gives me something to look forward to doing at a time when I am kind of tired of looking at the computer screen. I have got to start thinking about a box or something to put the set in though for presentation. That is going to be tough I think . Some of the tree pieces are going to be big and at first I was thinking little compartments for each figure but there are lots of them and I don’t think that will work. I also don’t want them all piled into the box for obvious reasons. My one set here is wrapped with the thin cotton batting. It would look so ‘blah’ though and not make a very impressive presentation. I guess I have some thinking to do on that. :)

So it is on to drawing and finishing the writing today. I hope I can pull it off and get to that point today. That would be a great milestone for me to get to.

Have a great and productive day!

-- 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 08-25-2010 01:42 PM

The simple answer is NO!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#2 posted 08-25-2010 03:14 PM

You mirror the exact thought I get often when looking at my wood supply. I often wonder if I have enough. Then I get a call to come pick up a load of wood and off I’ll go. I have a free source for four different species, cottonwood, oak, pecan, and mahogany. The deal is though, I have to haul the scrap wood in order to get the pretty nice wood that I use. There’s always a lot that serves no better purpose than to be stack for the wood stove in my shop for the winter. Then there is always those few pieces that I know I’ll never use but are just too pretty to burn or throw away. So, I’ll stack it. I used to have a separate stack for the stuff I don’t use. That got to taking up too much room though and now it just gets stacked with everything else.
I was debating just a few weeks ago about culling some of my wood, get things tidy you know. I still couldn’t bring myself to chunk some of this wood though. It was just too pretty. Then I joined Lumberjocks. I’ve given some to fellow woodworkers. One of them, in particular, seemed to appreciate this wood as much as I did when I first started getting it. So, I still plan on culling wood eventually. I don’t have to burn that beautiful grain though. I now know someone who will take it and use it. I’d always rather someone use it than to let it be burned. So, in the end, everything comes out looking great. The point is, while I thought I had too much wood, now I don’t have enough if I’m going to help out a fellow worker of the wood as much as I’d like.
Besides, every time I think I have too much wood, that very big project comes along and I have trouble finding the perfect piece for it. Wait a minute. That is sort of proof that I have too much wood. My problem is not that I don’t have the right piece. The problem is that I have so much wood that I have problems FINDING the right piece. Oh well. We’re back to where we started, debating if we have too much wood.

Good luck Sheila. Do as I do. Keep stacking.


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#3 posted 08-25-2010 09:21 PM

It’s a disease! I have enough wood to open a lumberstore. Don’t think I can work it all away in this lifetime, but I just keep adding…

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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