On Father's Day, 2009, I received the gift of a scroll saw - something I've wanted for a
long time! For a time our basement workshop was covered in an ever-deepening layer of
fine sawdust...and the odor of wood stains and
polyurethane. We've since constructed a small - and we think
"cute" - retail shop next to our comfortable little home.
That's also where our woodworking equipment, including a rather odd-looking -
yet effective - dust collection system, is located. And I'm having the time of my life!
Production began with the loan of one book
from our Community Library,
the purchase of some higher quality blades than those included
with the new saw, then a mixed supply of high-grade sawn wood from
local sources. From there the new pastime evolved into days filled
with nearly pure happiness!
I created 26 puzzles and fretwork wall "plates" during the
next couple of weeks, and displayed them all at a summer library
book/craft sale...and actually sold a few! Encouraged, I
expanded the offerings to nearly 60 pieces and quickly sold half
of them at our community
school's 6-hour holiday craft fair. It was incredible!
We were swamped with holiday shoppers young and old.
The offerings now approach
200 different pieces. Sales at various
local craft fairs during 2010 - and more than a few special orders,
have kept me busier than I've been in a long time...with new
puzzles and plates being added all the time.
Here on the following pages are photos, descriptions and the prices
I've asked for the most popular pieces. Many more will follow (more
sawdust!). At the outset of this new pastime, I'd planned to add pictures and details of some new items:
garden whirligigs and several fantastic wooden toys and gizmos from out
of the past. Sadly, it doesn't appear that's going to happen. Too busy
with puzzles and fretwork!
We both hope you enjoy viewing our offerings...and would be pleased
to hear from you!
& Linda Davis