Thursday, January 28, 2010

Process and Progress
I'm not sure how many know how I do the woodworking that I do -
I use a Scroll Saw to cut the wood. First, I'll put the pattern onto the wood, then cut each section out.

When there are a lot of small pieces, I'll number the pattern, then the bottom of each section once they are cut out. You can see where I've started shaping the individual pieces.

Here's the wood types I'ld like to finish the horse with. Birdseye Maple, Bloodwood, Yellow wood, and Purple heart. In order to do that, I need to go to the wood store! and that's where the website comes in! You can see my proposal in the side-bar. Feel free to check it out and if you have any questions, drop me a note or leave a comment!


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts - 2009 Best Project Design Contest Voting

Here's the contest!! Feel free to VOTE - Make sure you go through ALL of the voting Sections - and at the end you will have a chance to VOTE for your OVERALL FAVORITE design.

Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts - 2009 Best Project Design Contest Voting

Friday, January 22, 2010

Kickstarting my Project

While unmotivated to start a new project, I started looking at ways to get it funded. I want to make the Carousel Horse look good, and to do that I want some good wood, not just the cut-offs that I get by chance at the wood store. But with the boards I want running $150 plus, I knew I couldn't justify taking it out of the budget. Well, after looking at many grant sites, I stumbled across where she had information on the Kistarter website. After reading all about it, and signing up, I was able to get a project listed!!

Here's my link - please read it and pass it along....

Thanks especially to my Backers in Michigan and Argentina and California!

Monday, January 18, 2010

At the same time I was designing the Carousel horse fretwork, I also drew up a design of a full Carousel horse to cut using the intarsia method. I’ve had the pattern for months, got copies made of the pattern, and am ready to go! Have been ready to go for months! I just can’t seem to make that first cut and I’m not sure why.
Fear of failure? It would be the largest intarsia I’ve done, but I’ve done some difficult ones already.
Has anyone else run into this? Afraid to start a project that they want to do? What have you done to actually start?

Thursday, January 14, 2010

So, it's been a LONG time since I've updated this. What's been happening?

This fall (September through the end of November) I worked on the Roscommon County Gypsy Moth Survey crew. We went through the county looking for Gypsy Moth egg masses on homes, golf courses, parks, etc. Unfortunately, it looks like their population is on the rise. Fortunately, the county has a spray program and a lot of the county will get sprayed this Spring.

As soon as that was over, I had to get ready for a Craft Show here in town. Had another successful show - so much so that I decided I need to start earlier this year and maybe get to a couple more next fall/winter. Christmas followed... and the New Year.

Here's a design I made last fall from one of the pictures of the Carousel horses I took at the Grand Rapids Museum.