My Journey As A Creative Designer - Woodworking and Beyond #1166: Ready for the Saw

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-16-2013 12:07 PM 1665 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Once again, the day passed with just a blink of an eye. It seemed like I sat down to draw, and then before I knew it, night had fallen and it was time for me to turn in. I couldn’t believe that time went by so quickly.

I spent most of the day working on the drawings for my new ornaments. I am excited about them and they are now ready to be cut, which I will spend today doing. I haven’t really used my new saw much, and I look forward to the time I will have cutting them out. I am still deciding on how they are going to be finished though, as there are several ways that I can envision them.

By the time I finished the drawing part, it was a bit late to start up the saw. I try to be respectful and not cut or make noise after certain hours, as it is just a matter of courtesy. Truth be told, I was a bit tired to start something new anyway. I like to get at things when I am fresh if possible, and not after a long day of concentrating. I make less mistakes that way.

So for the final couple of hours that I was up, I began drawing on my next projects which is another ornament set. This time it is a bit simpler, although I think they will be just as pretty.

One thing that Keith and I were reminded of when we were teaching in New York was that there are many different levels of scroll sawyers. We sometimes forget that. It is our nature to keep on trying to do our absolute best, but after many years of experience, we sometimes forget that our level of work at our best is a bit beyond those who are beginning. I think that is one of the reasons it is good for a designer to get out in the world and teach. It allows us to see how many different levels and personalities deal with our patterns, and reminds us that we all have different strengths and weaknesses.

While we will always try to do our best quality of work, we also understand that taking our work down a notch or two sometimes and making patterns that are not so tricky to cut is a good thing and will help those who may be newer to scroll sawing stay interested. Sometimes that is more of a challenge than you would think. It is sometimes difficult to feel that we are doing our best work if we are not pushing our own limits. But I think that part of designing is doing work that our followers can accomplish that may not be that difficult to execute, but LOOK beautiful and interesting. It is part of the teaching process. With that said, I will be trying to make some patterns that are a bit easier than my normal patterns for those who are not quite yet comfortable with the scroll saw. I think that they will help people BECOME comfortable and hopefully pursue cutting.

I also wanted to mention that both Keith and I are invited to demonstrate at the 2014 Northeastern Woodworker’s Showcase which is going to be hosted again in Saratoga Springs, New York on March 29th and 30th 2014. We are both very excited about this, and we are going to be able to hold FOUR classes over the two day period. This is the same showcase in which I did a class a couple of years ago, and we were thrilled that they wanted us back.

This time we will be doing hands-on teaching rather than a lecture. To me, that is much preferred as I like to SHOW what I do rather than just TALK about it. I will give you more details about the classes/show as we solidify things.

It is going to be a busy time.

So today is pretty much mapped out. I should have something nice to show in tomorrow’s post. I look forward to spending most of the day at the saw and seeing my new drawings come to life. I am also waiting to hear from my dentist’s office, as last night right before I went to bed I was eating popcorn (one of my favorite snacks) and I cracked one of my back teeth. The tooth was already filled from when I was a teen and the entire inside wall of the tooth just kind of let go. I don’t feel any deep pain on it because I also had a root canal done on it years ago, but the inside edge is really ragged and it is scraping on my tongue. I wound up taking some sand paper and filing it smoother before I could go to sleep, as it was cutting into the side of my tongue.

Of course this happened at 10pm on a Friday night, so in all reality I will probably not hear from the dentist until Monday. But I can live with it as such and I was seriously considering trying to glue the piece back in until I saw him, as it broke off in one chunk. It grossed Keith out though so settled for sanding the sharp edge down and I am happy I did. It feels much better. No popcorn for a while though.

It makes you think about how things were in the past before dentists were common. I am sure that people just yanked out teeth that were damaged and lived with things that way. I had just visited my dentist in September and things were all fine so I hope that this will be a quick repair and I can get on with things. I suppose it is part of getting older. :)

In any case, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I am sure that mine will be fun, as I have not only these ornaments to do, but several other projects in the works as well. I am involved in a couple of ornament exchanges and I want to get them out before the end of next week.

It is all fun and good.

Happy Saturday to you all! Enjoy this beautiful autumn 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 11-16-2013 12:46 PM

Your up-coming trip sounds very exciting. You & Keith will do fine.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#2 posted 11-16-2013 12:58 PM

Good morning Sheila, I am glad that you and Keith will be at Saratoga in March. I am making plans to make the trip too. My new painting partner and her boyfriend will be joining me on the trip so I don’t have to make the trip alone. It will be great to see you and Keith again may be be able to track down people that I missed the last time plus meet Janette.
Have a great weekend,

-- Rick - DeWalt 788 & Ex21 -

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#3 posted 11-16-2013 06:24 PM

All the big woodworking shows seem to be back east. I wish we had some really big ones here on the westcoast. I was looking at the winner’s gallery of the Saratogoa show on their web page. Beautiful and very varied work. It would be a great place to be!
Good luck with the tooth! Enjoy the weekend. Looking forward to seeing the ornaments finished.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#4 posted 11-17-2013 12:58 AM

Yes. I am looking forward to March very much. I am sure after the long winter, I will be ready for some adventure. I love getting out and seeing everyone from time to time. It is good to meet the people who I have made friends with in the various forums as well.

My tooth is really pretty good. It may sound weird, but after sanding it, it isn’t as sharp and not irritating my tongue as much. I believe it is one that I had a root canal done on previously, so there is no pain from the tooth itself. Just the way it is scraping on my tongue. In any case, it isn’t too bothersome and as long as I can get in to the dentist in a few days, I don’t think it will bother me much. :)

Have a great evening, Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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