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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-07-2015, 04:12 PM Thread Starter
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I made some ornaments and reindeer back in December. This isn't all of them. I made 73 reindeer and 26 ornaments, all done on my DeWalt DW788 scroll saw. The tiny ornaments shown in the last photo were not made in quantity. They are a real challenge to cut. I only made 6 of them that were worth keeping.

I gave the reindeer away to children, waitresses, cashiers, nurses, and a few other woodworkers. Anyone who helped me during that time I wished them a Merry Christmas and held out my hand with a reindeer in it. The men, other than woodworkers, didn't seem to appreciate the reindeer, so they weren't offered to most. The little girls and women all loved them. I did this last year too, but never posted about them or took pictures. The ornaments went on my tree and to close friends and family.

My son gave me his old digital camera, a small but still working camera that I'm not afraid to take into the sawdust, so I've started taking pictures of my work (when I remember to). I've avoided taking my good camera into the shop for fear of killing it, but this one won't be a great loss if it succumbs to sawdust. My whole career has been spent working on projects in restricted areas where cameras were not allowed, so remembering to use this camera in the shop is going to be a challenge. I'm going to try to post pictures of my projects from now on and maybe even try some step by step educational stuff like Harry Sinclair does.

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Very good of you to give the lovely ornaments away,should be proud of both your work and generosity
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very good of you to give the lovely ornaments away,should be proud of both your work and generosity
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people outside of the field have no idea how much work goes into what looks so simple.

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I'm really liking them all , great work!

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That is what I am afraid of, Ronald.

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Makes me feel so inferior

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Thanks everyone,

I think I was becoming a hermit, hiding in my workshop all the hours that it took to make these. It's tough to keep going without any positive support. I should have taken the time to post this mid December because I was really needing some positive waves about then. Giving the reindeer away was very enjoyable and rewarding, so I'll likely do it all again next year just as I have in past years, but each year I seem to make more and more of them.

Soon I'll likely be back into designing and building exhibits for the NC Science Museums. My scroll saw has already been pushed aside to make space for bigger things. Right now, I've been enjoying making something entirely different. The wife wants a center island for the kitchen and a new vanity for one of the bathrooms and I'll get to them, but right now I'm building boxes to keep some of my newer tools in for me, and also a box to hold a target pistol and ammo clips for a relative. I've found that when you set up to build boxes you have to make a bunch of them. The machine setups take too long to just make one box. These boxes (in process) are in another post on this forum.

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Very nice. I've come close in the past to adding a scroll saw to my shop but wasn't sure it would be used enough. From the looks of those items that you have made, I might just have to rethink that idea.

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