Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
I highly recommend you use the battery powered tea light candles for all your projects. They are safe and cheap. Did I say they are safe. Candles just cause too many fires to be used in simple craft projects like this.
This angel stands about 8 inches tall. She can be cut quickly so you can make a few at a time for gifts. There is only one interior cut so this project is perfect for even a novice scroller. The angel is cut from 1/2" thick wood and the candle try is 1/4" thick. For all you crafty painters out there she would look nice with an angelic face painted on.
Posted by Steve Good at 11:52:00 PM
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Thursday, August 25, 2011
AFC Team Footballs for all you gridiron fans. I'll do the NFC tomorrow.
These football signs are cut from contrasting woods. I think walnut is a good choice to the ball and maple for the backer board.
We are two weeks away from NFL football starting it's 2011/2012 regular season. That means I'll be busy Sunday and Monday night for a while. I love sports and NCAA basketball is my game but a close second is NFL football. Get out the nachos and cheese because football is just about to get rowdy !!
Posted by Steve Good at 11:50:00 PM
Dear Angel ever at my side,
how lovely you must be---
To leave your home in heaven,
to guard a child like me.
When I'm far away from home,
or maybe hard at play--
I know you will protect me,
from harm along the way.
Your beautiful and shining face,
I see not, though you're near.
The sweetness of your lovely voice,
I cannot really hear.
When I pray, you're praying too,
Your prayer is just for me.
But ,when I sleep you never do,
Posted by Steve Good at 1:01:00 AM
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Every year after the Albury-Wodonga Scroll Saw weekend I get the pleasure of showing pictures of these fine scrollers. For those of you that have not followed my blog for long this group is in Australia. Australia seems to be a hot bed for woodworkers and they enjoy getting together.
I receive more email from Australia than any country outside the US and Canada. This year Jutta sent me a pdf file with all the pictures. It's a little large but if you want to see a lot of people with smiles on their faces download it and take a look. Jutta tells me they had their largest turn out so far.
I just want to take this chance to say hi to all you scrollers down under. I enjoy hearing form you all and have had a chance to get to know many of you through email. I hope before my scrolling days are over I get a chance to come down there and say hello in person.
The rest of the pictures can be enjoyed in this .pdf file.
Posted by Steve Good at 1:00:00 AM
Monday, August 22, 2011
Have you ever taken a week off work and had all kinds of plans to get things done. That was my goal last week. I wanted to build a few nice projects for the blog. I wanted to complete several more videos for the Scroll Saw School section. I wanted to clean my shop. I got zero done. You know What? That's exactly what I needed. Sometimes you just have to walk away from a hobby for a while.
Luckily I went to the Woodland Art Festival in Lexington this weekend and that always gets me excited again. A local scroll saw artist by the name of Mick Shambro was there. He does some really fine work. He also presents his work beautifully. He has a few nice patterns for sale on his website.
Another woodworking friend of mine was there with his wooden gear clocks. Keith Chambers designs and builds the most beautiful clocks I have seen. He was actually my inspiration to build out my shop and start the blog. He is one of the most dedicated craftsman I know.
There were many other fine artist there and the show was a lot of fun to attend. I always come away from these shows wanting to get back in my shop. Hopefully I can carry that motivation over to next week and actually get something done. :)
Posted by Steve Good at 12:58:00 AM
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
If you are going to try to sell your scroll saw work online the pictures you take can make or break the sell. The pictures need to be in focus, well lit and uncluttered. You don't need a professional camera but a cell phone camera might not be the way to go either.
One accessory I find is critical is a photography light tent like the one above. These can be purchased for around $50 at Amazon.com. The picture below is an example of a project I shot using my light tent. Notice how the photo really stands out from the background. There is no clutter in the picture. It's lit well and in focus. I also like to sit the project on a piece of glass to get the nice reflection under the project.
The photographer for Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts magazine has a series of tutorial videos that will give you the knowledge you need to take perfect photos of your projects. I encourage you to take advantage of his knowledge of photography. Check out his video series and you will have the ability to improve your online sales.
Posted by Steve Good at 2:10:00 AM
Thursday, August 18, 2011
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I'm still working on the strawberry themed decorations I mentioned in yesterdays post. In the mean time I designed this Love Bird Cage.
I want to take a few words here to suggest you visit our Community Forum. It's a great place to talk about scrolling and just meet new online friends. There are friendly folks there from all over the world. You can ask questions, make comments or just read and enjoy. The hobby of scrolling tends to be a little solitary. Having the opportunity to visit and talk to other scrollers can add a lot of fun. Give it a try. I think you will enjoy what it has to offer.
Posted by Steve Good at 2:33:00 AM
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
My wife has strawberries as a theme in our kitchen. She ask if I would design a few decorations for her. This plaque will hang above a strawberry themed towel holder. I should post the towel holder tomorrow.
Posted by Steve Good at 2:51:00 AM
Sunday, August 14, 2011
These business card holders are easy to make and they look great. Using 1/8" thick wood will allow you to carry 10 cards. If you need more you can make the center section 1/4" thick.
If you have a wood burning pen and are handy with it you can make a beautiful hand decorated holder like the photos below. You don't have a lot of space but with a fine tip you can get some nice detail on very close grained wood. Stay away from woods like oak with it's open grain.
You could also apply a small stencil type scroll saw pattern to the front and cut it out before you assemble the holder. It looks nice because you can see the card through cut outs.
Another beautiful technique is to laminate different species of wood together before you cut the card holder. You can make all kinds of designs when you glue up the wood. However you decide to make the card holder I'm sure whoever receives it will be impressed.
Posted by Steve Good at 2:04:00 AM
Saturday, August 13, 2011
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Friday, August 12, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
I received an email today from Richard DeFelice. Richard is the President of Blazin' Blades Scroller of Western Pennsylvania. They are a local chapter of the Scrollsaw Association of the World. After reading his email I just had to share this wonderful project they undertook. I think it is fantastic. Here is an excerpt from Richards' email explaining the Memory Box projects.
Memory Box Project
"An American flag, toy cats, a crucifix carved out of wood. Displayed outside each room in the memory impairment area at Saxony Health Center, these items serve as beacons in hallways where doorways might otherwise all look the same. It’s a good thing, said the activities director, because they recognize their own rooms; something they like will catch their eye. Affixed to the wall in oak boxes with Plexiglas fronts, the boxes reflect the efforts of Blazin’ Blades Scrollers whose members created them as one of their service projects.
Now the boxes are filled with an array of objects: animal figurines distinguish the room of a retired veterinarian, religious items were placed for a priest.
Club member “Hobe” Kenton coordinated the project. “Hobe” had to make sure they were safe for residents, which explains the use of Plexiglas, not glass, that is used to slide into grooves in the shadow boxes to protect the items inside. Taking into account safety and the size of contents, Kenton created kits for the boxes that measure 10 by 12 by 4 inches. “I made up kits; I cut all the pieces and took them to the scrollsaw meeting and passed them out to members. The finished projects were returned to me at the following meeting. It’s always nice to do something like this,” Hobe said upon seeing the finished project for the first time. “Someone says there is a need and you see the final product being used. I think it’s neat”.
The club’s ongoing projects include donating homemade toys at Christmastime to Toys for Tots and furnishing wooden toys to children in the Dominion Republic through a ministry in Dayton, Pennsylvania. The club also donates handcrafted items to nursing home residents."
Richard, Hobe and the members of Blazin' Blades have put together a wonderful project for the residents of this health center. It makes me remember just how rewarding being a part of a club can be. If you live in the area of this group or any other woodworking group do yourself a favor and join. It does not matter if you are just looking at starting in the hobby or have years of experience. You will be welcomed. You will meet new friends and you will get more from the hobby.
Thanks Blazin' Blades. I loved hearing from you all and keep up the great work you do.
You can contact Richard for more information from the clubs website
Here is a current list of SAW chapters and links to some other fine scroll saw clubs
Posted by Steve Good at 11:22:00 PM
Monday, August 8, 2011
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Sunday, August 7, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
While I was cooking dinner tonight I needed someplace to lay my large cooking spoons. Because of health problems my wife is going through the kitchen is my responsibility right now. She has spoon holders but are they wood? Nope. They have flowers and strawberries. Ugghhh!
The scroll saw allows us to make intricate, delicate and fancy projects. It's tempting to use the tool only for those kinds of projects. There is nothing wrong with making something simple and useful. This pattern is not going to win any prizes at the local county fair. No one will oooh and awh over it but that's okay. I needed it so I made it. Simple is okay.
Posted by Steve Good at 11:13:00 PM
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