Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Best Friends. A gift to be treasured Scroll Saw Pattern.

Best Friends. A gift to be treasured. 14" X 4".

I lost one of my best friends today. It was a short illness. He did not suffer and he had his family with him at the end. I was fortunate to be able to visit and say goodbye before he passed. He was not awake but I believe he knew I was there. Rest in peace friend.

In Memory of
Kenneth L Fortney
Son, husband, father, gentleman and my best friend. 

I had mentioned yesterday that I would make a final decision on my travel to the MidWest Scroll Saw and Woodworking Trade Show. I have decided not to attend the show. I need to spend this time paying my respects to my friend and his family. I hope all of you who attend the show have a great weekend.

Delta 40-694 on sale again at Amazon. $351.80 7/31/2018.

I keep an eye on the price of this saw on Amazon. It regularly goes on sale for a great price. Right now it is marked down from $399 to $351.80. 

I watch this saw because I think it is a very good price to performance machine. Is it the best saw on the market? No. Will it give you good results and a good experience for a price that does not break the bank? Yes.  

One of the most common emails I receive is "What saw should I buy?". There is no one answer to that question. I have to know what you want to do with the saw. How much can you afford? What are your expectations? I could ask several questions before I was able to recommend the perfect saw for you. 

Most of the time a new person to the hobby can't answer these questions because they don't know what they want. That's where a saw like the Delta 40-694 comes in. It is a good general purpose machine at a slightly above entry level price. 

One thing that kills me about Amazon is that their pricing never makes any sense. If you use the link above you will see that the machine does not come with a stand. If you order the machine and stand combo the price jumps to almost $700. What???? That's an expensive stand...

If you want the stand, Amazon does sell it separately for $119 at the following link. Still expensive but closer to reality.

Exciting News. We have another giveaway for this month.

There are just hours left for you to enter. Don't miss out on a nice prize just because you forgot to enter. 

Stephen over at Bear Woods recommended that we do a giveaway in conjunction with the Midwest Scroll Saw and Woodworking Trade Show. You do not have to be at the show to win.

We will have three winners.
#1 will receive a $300 gift certificate from Bear Woods sponsored by the Scrolsaw Workshop
#2 will receive a $150 gift certificate from Bear Woods sponsored by Bear Woods.
#3 will receive an incredible scrolled piece of art by Charles Dearing. This artwork will be cut live at the show. After the show, it will be packaged and sent to the winner. You will love this artwork.

The contest is open to the world. Enter once per day.
The entries will end 7/31/2018 at midnight. Winners will be drawn during the show.
We will try to stream the drawing live if we have a decent internet connection.

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The DVD also works fine on a MAC. The viewer program is not MAC compatible but there is an included PDF with all the patterns shown as thumbnails for easy viewing. 

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Monday, July 30, 2018

This House is Full of Nuts Scroll Saw Pattern.

This house is full of nuts. 

Important Update on the MidWest Scroll Saw and Woodworking Trade Show:

I have not made a final decision yet but I may not be able to attend the show as planned. My closest friend is gravely ill. He was admitted to the hospital Friday and it has gone downhill from there. The doctors have said he may have only hours to live.

My friend and I worked closely together for more than 30 years. He has been a mentor and practically a second father to me. We both retired but still get together often for lunch and talk. I look forward to those get-togethers. 

It has been my experience that we only have a few very close friends in our entire life. I'm talking about friends that are loved as a family member. I am feeling quite a bit of grief just thinking about losing him. 

I need to be here for his family and for myself. I will make a final decision in the next 24 hours as to my plans. 

I was looking forward to getting together with my scroll saw community friends at the show. If I miss the event I hope you all have a wonderful time. 

Custom Signature Coins:

Order fulfillment is going better than expected. I am getting orders out very quickly. I send an email when your order is ready to ship. The email has the link for payment. Thanks to everyone who is placing orders. All orders on or before Sunday have been shipped or will be shipped today. 

The money from these orders is going to purchase a much better laser engraver. This investment will allow me to produce these coins and other future products quicker. Thanks to all of you who are placing orders.

These coins are $12 per sheet of 12 coins plus 3.50 shipping. The envelope can hold two sheets for a total of 24 coins. There are four styles of coin to choose from. They are shown on the order page.

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