My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #318: New Project Finished

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-23-2011 01:45 PM 7998 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Throughout the week of still catching up and making videos and probably thinking a bit too much, I did manage to complete my first project(s) for my submissions to the magazine for their Holiday issue.

Last year I was fortunate enough to have several different projects and ornaments accepted. Between my partner Keith and myself we were well represented. I believe that it was my all time high as far as number of projects published with four. This year because of many reasons, I am only going to have two projects representing me. But that is not in the least bit disappointing. With the way things have been for the last two months, I am happy that I am somewhat back on track and back to designing.

I think the break did me good. Right now, I am brimming with new ideas and the biggest problem I have is which one to do first. There have been so many new and exciting things that I have seen and so many different techniques that I want to try that it is difficult not to be overwhelmed. My list of things to do keeps growing, and I am thinking of so many ways to incorporate new things into basic scrollsawing in order to give my designs more interest.

One of my favorite things to do is shaping and power carving. Although I never really finished my shoe project that Jordan taught in his class, I watched with interested and was able to pick up some really good pointers. I have always loved segmentation, and found that mixing some shaping with scrolling is an easy and fun way to expand my abilities. I think that others will like it too and I started out with designing something that would be very simple to accomplish.

You probably see by now that I can be pretty sentimental. Although I love the clean and uncluttered look and geometry of modern design, I am also a sucker for nostalgia. Especially during the holidays. Old movies, decorations and stories such as “A Christmas Carol” are something I thoroughly enjoy. I love being taken back to that period of time when things appeared to be so simple.

With that in mind, I decided to design a table top vignette of rocking reindeer to celebrate the holiday season.

From "Secret" Christmas Projects . . (shhhh!)

From "Secret" Christmas Projects . . (shhhh!)

From "Secret" Christmas Projects . . (shhhh!)

These little fellas are about 7-8” tall, and made of oak. I don’t typically use oak very much in scroll sawing. Although I love the beauty of its color and figure, I find that because of its open grain it doesn’t hold up well to delicate fretwork designs. However, I did feel that here it would be the perfect choice.

The reindeer are relatively simple, and I feel that they needed something that would have a pronounced grain. Because the legs are cut with the direction of the grain, they are surprisingly strong. Even the antlers are strong. The wispy fretwork cutout design in the rockers does nothing to diminish the strength of them, yet gives the sense of delicacy.

I used the Dremel to simply round over and soften the edges of the reindeer, leaving the edges of the rockers hard. I liked this contrast, and felt that it also added a bit more interest to the overall look of the piece(s).

After the Dremel work and hand-sanding things, I applied a good coat of mineral oil and allowed the pieces to dry overnight. I then applied a couple of coats of spray shellac to seal in the oil and give a warm sheen to the pieces. Two part epoxy was used to glue the pieces. And when that was dry, I applied another several coats of spray shellac.

I am debating on whether to add thin red ribbons at the necks for further interest. I think I will try and see how I like it. Perhaps a small bell too. I like mixing textures and sometimes adding a little ‘something’ can really bring things up to another level.

These designs won’t be for sale until after the article is published, sometime in early September. I hope if you are interested, you will buy the issue, or better yet subscribe to the magazine. Throughout the year there are many great patterns, besides tips and other good reading. Although magazine subscriptions in general are on the decline, I still feel that subscribing to a magazine that contains patterns of a craft you are interested in can be a great deal. All you need are four to five patterns per year and it will usually make your money back for you in patterns alone. I recently picked up some back issues of a painting magazine that no longer exists. These were several years old, but the patterns in them were still worth the price I paid for them. Even though I love my computer, there is still something about leafing through a magazine that I love.

So it is on to my next project today. The deadline is closing in quickly, as well as the next deadline from my catalog wholesaler. I love being driven by deadlines, as I feel my best productivity comes of it. I’ll be drawing today and hopefully at the saw either by the end of the day today or tomorrow. I am very much looking forward to it!

I hope you like the reindeer!

From "Secret" Christmas Projects . . (shhhh!)

-- 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 04-23-2011 03:17 PM

I like those. There are so many things that can be made on the scroll saw that some would never think of. I’ve been told before by unknowing people that there isn’t much you can do with a scroll saw, until I show them different.
I used to get Creative Woodworks and Crafts and Scrollsaw Woodworking and Crafts in the mail. Then I moved here where about half my mail never makes it to my house. Then I started buying the issues at the local Home Depot. Now I can’t hardly ever catch them there. Somewhere along the way though I have gotten a P.O. Box just for recieving patterns and such (wouldn’t want patterns and blades not making it to me). So maybe my money situation will get better soon so I can subscribe again. You are right. I have a few installments of the magazines that I have done almost every project in them. If you figure up the going cost of patterns, then divide the cost of a magazine by how many patterns are in them, it’s a steal. Then that doesn’t even take into account the great readin you get besides.
Oh, and I promise I won’t let the secret out about the projects.


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#2 posted 04-23-2011 05:31 PM

Absolutely beautiful. I wouldn’t change a thing.

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

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Bob Kollman

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#3 posted 04-23-2011 05:44 PM

For some reason…I just want one now!!! Don’t know why…

I really love the little fellas.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#4 posted 04-23-2011 05:57 PM

Oh my gosh, those are great. First of many designs I’m betting. Very cool…............Your secret is safe with me…...................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 04-23-2011 06:44 PM

Letting you know that Edith is on the waiting list for whenever the patterns become available! Please put her on your list! I guess that shows she loves them as do I.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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