My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #111: A Woodworking "Beary Tale"

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 09-22-2010 11:51 AM 5584 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 110: Cutting Today! Part 111 of My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond series Part 112: Back to Reality (In a good way!) »

Once upon a time, there was a woodworker named Scrollgirl. She loved woodworking of all kinds and making patterns so others could join in her fun and make their own woodworking projects.

One day, one of her friends on Lumberjocks asked her if she could do him a favor and make some bears for her. She was happy to do it and went right to work. She picked a beautiful hickory board to create her bears, with a warm golden color. “This would be perfect” she thought as she sanded and prepped the wood.

She scrolled and scrolled all day long (that’s why they call her Scrollgirl!) and while she was scrolling the final bear, she noticed that all the other bears gathered around the scroll saw to cheer her on.

From A Beary Tale

“Go, Scrollgirl! Go!” they all cheered. And when she finished, they all danced and celebrated. It was a joyous time and everyone was happy.

“But now what are you going to do with us?” asked one little bear in a sweet voice.

“I am going to clean you up, and pack you up and send you to Apple Creek, Ohio.” she told him.

“Why?” asked the little bear. “Don’t you like us?”

There was a hush among the bears. Everyone looked to Scrollgirl and waited for an answer.

“Of course, I like you!” she said. “But I put my heart and soul into you and I am sending you out to bring happiness and joy to all who see you, wherever you go.”

“Are you a witch?” asked one bear, looking a bit frightened.

Scrollgirl just smiled at the bear. “Of course not! I am a Lumberjock. ALL Lumberjocks love woodworking and they ALL put their hearts and souls into their woodworking. They love what they do and they make beautiful and wonderful things and send them all over the world. There are pen turners and box makers and carvers and even people who make beautiful cutting boards from hundreds of pieces of wood! Some Lumberjocks make furniture and toys for children that will be kept and cherished for over one hundred years.”

“Oh, I see” said the little bear, quite relieved. “But I still don’t know where Ohio is.”

Scrollgirl took all the bears over to the globe. “Here it is” she said. “It is in the United States.”

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“Do they speak ‘Canadian’ in Ohio?” asked another bear. (These bears are full of questions)

“Well” said Scrollgirl “they speak English like we do. They just have a funny accent, but you will get used to it. You will fit in fine!”

There was a buzz of conversation among the bears. They were all excited and happy and talking about the travels that they were about to embark on.

Scrollgirl explained to the bears that they needed a Mineral Oil bath and got their bath ready. “Why do we have to do this?” asked one little bear.

“It is to protect you from dirt and grease and make you look your best” replied Scrollgirl. The bears were all very orderly and one by one, took their turns in the oil bath. Scrollgirl polished each one as he got out, making him look very smart and beautiful.

From A Beary Tale

Suddenly, one little bear shouted out “I’m hungry!” and all the other bears joined in. Scrollgirl didn’t want to feed them soup or chili or blueberry crumble, because it would make their feet all dirty. “I like pop-tarts!” shouted one bear from the back of the group.

“Well, then pop-tarts it is!” said Scrollgirl. Everyone marched to eat their supper. (HEY! What’s Steven from the Skating Pond project doing there? He must be hungry too!)

From A Beary Tale

The bears all ate all their pop-tarts and were very full and happy. “I’m sleepy!” said one of the bears, and all of the others chimed in that they were sleepy too. After all, they had a long trip ahead of them to travel all the way from Nova Scotia to Ohio. So Scrollgirl made a little box for them to sleep in and lined it with fun, sparkly paper so they would be happy.

“It will be like sleeping on a cloud!” they said, and they all climbed into the nice box.

From A Beary Tale

As Scrollgirl was tucking in the last little bear into place, she noticed that one was crying. “What is wrong little bear?” Scrollgirl asked.

“I want to stay with YOU” said the bear. “I want to stay here and watch you make new things and remind you of all the other little bears and all the happiness they will bring the world and especially Apple Creek Ohio. I want to live here on the pink cloud with you and your cats.”

Scrollgirl smiled. She was touched by the little bear’s tenderness and sweetness and decided to keep him with her, to remind her of all the happiness that the other little bears will bring. Then on the days she was tired or overwhelmed, all she would need to do was to look at the little bear and she would remember that she was a Lumberjock and how she put her heart and soul into all that she made. It was a fine idea to keep just one little bear for herself!

“I will keep you!” she told the bear. “And I will call you Leldon!”

Scrollgirl and Leldon smiled at each other and they knew they would be happy always. They said good-bye to all the other little golden bears and lovingly packed them in their little traveling box and sent them on their way.

And they all lived happily ever after making wonderful woodworking projects like all of their other Lumberjock friends.

The end

(No bears were harmed while making this story!)

-- 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 09-22-2010 12:13 PM

Thanks, Sheila!!
Great Story, Well Told!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#2 posted 09-22-2010 12:16 PM

Leldon is one lucky bear. Living in a pink cloud over Scrolland with the talented Lumberjock, Scrollgirl and all her fantastic creations. All hail Scrollgirl, who seems to be getting younger by the minute.

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

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#3 posted 09-22-2010 12:25 PM

Sheila, this was a nice story and it really helped jump start my day.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 09-22-2010 12:26 PM

a wonderful morning story…i hope they will be happy in does get cold and snowing i they can den up and snuggle together to stay warm…and when they awake to go find berries and plants to eat, they will remember there creator and will sit on the edge of the pond and eat some pop tarts they found in a picnic basket..they will all smile and remember there wonderful lady creator and her wonderful smile…they will remember the smell of sweet rolls in the air and the comfy little house that they use to dance in… they will set up a new little den in the woods…and will still have the wonderful memories of the sweet lady who created them from wood…and when they came out of there travel box…they became alive and roamed the woods of Ohio…when winter is come, they too will skate across the pond and remember there wonderful lady friend…when there noses perk in the winter cold air, they will smell some sweet rolls being made…and will here noises like frogs singing…..birds will sweep down and tell them welcome to the new woods of Ohio…...and at night when they settle into there winter den..they will all smile because they love the lady who cut them from wood…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 09-22-2010 12:42 PM

Sheila dear, are you smoking that stuff again? ;)

I couldn’t “bear” to part with them all either. No parent is happy when the little ones decide the time has come to leave the nest. It’s nice one decided to stay home with mommy to keep her company at her saw.

Now if you can just teach the little tyke to make coffee!

Happy sawing.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#6 posted 09-22-2010 12:46 PM

ps to the bears travel…..a few summers and winters had gone by when one day they heard a noise in the Ohio woods that was new to them, but yet something that they smelled rang true to them..alas one of them started to cry and he smiled with tears running down his fury face,he knew….he new it was the wonderful lady with the wonderful smile who was sitting by the frozen pond, with her skates on…she had a table set up with blueberry cake, pop tarts…and sweet rolls…and a very nice warm fire was sending little sparks into the night air…she had come to see her dancing bears…they met with love and joy in there hearts…and they all took turns dancing with this wonderful lady..and after they danced and skated in the night, they finally tired and all snuggled up next to the warm fire and slept with smiles on there faces and love in there hearts…they were together again for a short while to remember the love they all had and were thankful for a wonderful night in the woods of ohio and the chance to be with there wonderful lady friend one more time…they all slept with love and peace in there hearts..and the warmth of the fire surrounded them the rest of the night.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 09-22-2010 02:00 PM

What a wonderful story!
They will love it in the Apple Creek! There is an Amish bakery where the donuts and cinnamon rolls sweeten the air as you pass by. They will enjoy the accent of the young ladies as they wisper little stories about the favorite friend. A beautiful fall where the trees are starting to change into the fantastic backgound of colors.

The bears will be adopted by a Jr. High Volleyball team in Apple Creek, Ohio where the bear rules. Waynedale Golden Bears!
Though they will be going into different homes to be loved, the years will pass and they will be able to share the stories of growing up as they meet over and again through life.

My daughter Janet coaches the young ladies and I have the pleasure of enjoying their friendship and games. Each one of these little ladies will get a bear ( yet to be named) to remind them of the fun and friendship that we enjoyed in this short chapter of life. They will be cuddled and adorned by all that see them. Your touching story will also be shared during the presentation.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#8 posted 09-22-2010 07:41 PM

Sheila, I reckon you could be a scrollgirl, a painter, a writer…so many things. And there just aren’t enough hours in a day!


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#9 posted 09-22-2010 09:36 PM

I’ll have what’s shes having! LOL! VERY COOL STORY!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#10 posted 09-23-2010 04:52 AM

Aww, Sheila, What a lovely heart warming story! With that many bears around, one of em’s gotta be named “Bearpie”? :-) Or “Honey Pie” as I call my wife!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#11 posted 10-18-2010 05:18 PM

Apple Creek 8th Grade Girls Volleyball are the 2010 County Champions and now each have a bear to remind them for years to come.
Thanks so much for the story. I was able to share it with the team as they received their BEAR!

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#12 posted 10-18-2010 05:27 PM

congrats apple creek..way to go girls…and thanks to sheila for the bears too…she is a wonderful lady and a good friend to me….everyone have a great day…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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