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November 2016

Operation Christmas Tree

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Not sure who is winning at this point Looey or the tree.

Any year I happen to have the fortune of being on vacation Thanksgiving week we venture to Huber’s Farm to cut down a Blue Spruce to decorate for Christmas.  We go on Black Friday but so do a lot of other people in what I assume is an attempt to avoid the crowds at the big box stores.  It’s always an adventure but the hot cider, cookies and fried chicken livers at the end of the day make it well worth the work.

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Looey would prove victorious in the epic battle of Man vs. Tree.

As you can see there are no power saws on this farm.  Just a dull buck saw and elbow grease.  If it’s muddy too bad.  If it’s cold you better wear a coat.  Today wasn’t that bad.  We had a little rain the day before and it was a balmy thirty-nine degrees.  Perfect tree cutting weather.

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After the hard-fought battle we get a tractor ride back to the market where the smell of hot cider, cookies and fresh-cut conifers linger in the air.

For anyone not local to southern Indiana Huber’s is a family run farm that has been here since the late 1800’s.  It’s a nice farm with different seasons that you can go out and pick your own produce off the tree or vine.  Obviously a big labor cost reducing practice but it is very popular and people from all over come and do it.  We seldom come for anything but trees but have picked an occasional pumpkin here as well.  They dropped us off in the area where the Blue Spruce and Norwegian Pines grow and left us to labor away on the trunks of our trees and then they kindly give us and our evergreens a ride back to the farmers market to pay and load our trees.

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This machine shakes any loose dead needles from our tree. Although from the look of our floor after putting it in the stand I don’t think they shook it long enough.

We drug our spruce off the trailer and paid for it then a nice gent took it to the shaking machine to remove a portion of the dead and loose needles out of the tree.  After a vigorous shaking the tree is moved to the wrapping machine to be bound with string to make it easier to carry and haul home.  It also makes it mush easier to fit through the door of our house than if we left it unbound and free to flop around and stab at our fingers.

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These guys are preparing to put our tree through the machine that wraps it tightly with string for ease of carry and transport home.

There is one thing to know about Blue Spruce trees before you go and wrestle with one in a field.  Looey and I like to refer to them as “the cactus of the evergreens” because that is what they are.  Their needles are needles and tend to stab more than other conifers that we have cut to be our tree for Christmas.  Leather gloves are recommended as well as long sleeves.

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Here comes the tree out of the wrapper. This gentleman ties the loose ends off and I grabbed and carried it the quarter-mile to the back of the truck for the ride home.

However these trees have a great smell and that very nice triangle shape everyone wants.  Blue Spruce are in our opinion the best shaped trees available with stiff limbs perfect for hanging ornaments on.

So head out today and cut down your own Christmas tree, drink a little hot apple cider and avoid the fist swinging crowd at the mall.  We hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season and a merry Christmas.

Thanks for reading.  Be good.  God bless.

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Turkey Day

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Happy Thanksgiving from Cedar Whistle and Designs by Desira.  Enjoy today with family or however you like but be thankful for any blessings you have and remember our troops deployed who will celebrate in harm’s way this Thanksgiving.

Thanks for reading.  Be good.  God bless.

Cutting Coins

th852q275dIs it possible to cut thin metal on a scroll saw?  Yes it is.  With a little patience and some prep work coins, metal slugs or even tokens from an arcade can be cut to make bracelet or necklace pendants.

While I have not personally cut any metal I do know about the basics and can share a little bit about it here.

As you can see you can easily cut out the design on the coin from any state you want or cut out good old George on the front of the coin if you wish.

The basics of applying a pattern and cutting a coin are slightly different from scrolling wood.  Obviously if you are cutting the design on the coin you can forgo the pattern and skip the next paragraph.

First you use super glue to attach the pattern. Make sure the pattern is centered on the coin and then after you are done cutting you can remove the pattern with acetone.

Next drill small entry holes for your blade to enter the piece and I recommend using a very small punch to dent the metal so your drill bit doesn’t walk around on the metal as you start the hole.

I am still deciding on the best method for the next step.  You can either super glue the coin to a thin piece of wood or make a jig to hold the coin while you cut it.  Personally I think I will glue mine but I have a jig for cutting small or 3D compound cuts that could be modified for this.

Carefully cut out the design being mindful of the metal shavings that you are creating.  Safety glasses are of the utmost importance on a project like this.

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After cutting remove the coin from the wood or jig and clean the pattern off with a wire brush and acetone.  You could polish it with a Dremel tool with a buffing wheel if you desired to do that.

Most of all have fun creating and when I do any of these I will be sure to post pictures over on our Facebook page.

Thanks for reading.  Be good.  God bless.

Easy Test For Perpendicular Scroll Saw Blade

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Start with piece of 3/4 inch thick stock and cut about an inch into it.

Then place the piece behind the blade and slide the stock onto the backside of the blade.  If it slides onto the blade with little resistance your blade is square with your table.  If you get some friction adjust your table and try the test again.

Thanks for reading. Be good. God bless.

End of Year Inventory

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I am blowing out the last of my pieces so I can make room for more.

I have two types of owls.  I have one with hooks for hanging keys and such on.  I have four with a clip for a small notepad to hang from.  The owls are $20 each.

The Let It Snow sign is $10.

The Crown of Thorns fret work 8×10’s are $25 including frame.

If interested email me at the address at the bottom of the page or go to Designs by Desira on Facebook and leave me a message or comment.

Thanks for reading.  Be good.  God bless.

 

Crown of Thorns Fretwork

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Falling back an hour was nice last night but today it’s dark at 6 o’clock. Sigh.   Before bed I figured I’d do a short post featuring these fretwork portraits of our Lord Jesus.  These were a little bit time-consuming and frustrating because my first go I broke a piece of the work out when I removed the pattern and tape.  Always be careful when removing tape or sanding on something delicate or thin.  I learned the hard way and had to spend another hour scroll sawing these out again.

I have three of these remaining in stock if this is something you are interested in.  The price on these is $35.  That includes the 8×10 frame.  Contact via the email address at the bottom of this page or click over to our Facebook page (Designs by Desira) and message me on there.

Thanks for reading.  Be good.  God bless.

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