Friday, January 16, 2015

Elizabeth Sheffield by The Scarlet Letter

This is the project I took to the North Texas GTG last year. It was such a JOY to stitch and I was able to enter it into Nicola's Scarlet Letter Finishes for my contribution last year.  I used my 20 inch frame for stitching it.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Welcome visitor # 19, 550 from Keller, TX.
I see from the number of visits you must like my blog.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

I have created a new page called "Usefull Info."
It contains useful hints, a link to a fabric calculator, links to PDF floss conversion charts and other information. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I just got the news that my Mom passed last night. She was a tough iron lady. Nobody could tell her anything. Dad passed in 2001 and she has done well since. She will be missed.May she RIP.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Monday, September 1, 2014

Mary Bailey by The Scarlet Letter

This has been a work in progress for awhile now.  Mary Bailey is being stitched on 40 ct. Sand Dune by Lakeside Linens on this 20 inch stitching frame. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Here is one of many project that my wife has finished. I made the frame from Peruvian rosewood. It is a very hard and closed grain wood.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Someone sent this to me a few days ago. It renews my passion of making wooden items. I do truly love making fine things out of wood, watching a piece of wood being transformed into a beautiful item. However I do have to spend more time doing woodworking around the house for my wonderful wife. We have a few new spring fix-up projects planned plus more riding on our scooters. Thank You all. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

How they are made

I'm going to list some of my products and the number of steps to complete them.  Many of the machining steps require complex fixture setups. Some of these fixtures require hours or days to accurately set up. Any mistake will result in wood scraps.

Each fabric bar goes through 12 steps of machining or hand operations. If a mistake is made in the final operations the wood and many days and weeks of work is lost. The hand sanding to a fine finish takes a day to complete.

Each tension bar requires 18 steps of machining, many complex operations. The wooden knobs alone takes a day to complete. Final sanding takes several hours to complete.

The Table Top stand assembly consists of 11 individually machine pieces. There is a over 60 machining operations both my machine and hand to complete one of these. Many of these require complex setups.Fine sanding of all of the parts takes two days to complete.

Since some of these operations require a complex setup, I try to machine several parts at a time. This does affect the delivery, but also saves time for everyone.

The profit margin is very small. Actually for the time spent making these products, there is virtually no profit. What I do enjoy is the look and feel of the finished product. Many hours are spent hand sanding the wood using various grades of sand paper until the wood is very smooth.

Based on all of these variables it is impossible to give a fixed date of completion. Completion times vary by many factors, many out of my hands. I can only give an educated estimated delivery date.

Mistakes cost everyone time and money. I work slowly and carefully to avoid this.

I have spent weeks and months designing these all of these products to make them easy to use and last a life time. Many have been designed using AutoCAD to ensure all parts fit and work together. All of my products are guaranteed against breakage with a free part replacement.

 I don't have a big shop or people working for me. I have to make every piece one at a time. Some days I have other things to do or just don't have that creative mindset..

Just read this and try to understand what  "hand made" means.

Thank You,

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Craftsman's Creed

The Craftsman’s Creed
I am a craftsman. I am dedicated to perfecting the art and science of my craft, which I have chosen freely.

I am constantly, relentlessly searching for ways to improve my craft. I am dedicated to learning from the masters who have preceded me in every way I am able.

I create valuable things that other people want or need. I generously offer my work as a gift when it is wise, but my purpose is to help those who value my work enough to pay for what I have to offer. No one has an unlimited claim on my craft, knowledge, or the fruits of my effort. I work for people who value and support me.

I honestly promote what I have to offer, consistently and to the limit of my capabilities. I make no apologies for promoting my craft. I am proud of my work, and it is my duty and responsibility to reach people who may benefit from my craft. I can help them no other way.

I do my best to ensure that every single person who trusts me with their time, attention, or money is happy with their investment. If they are not, I will do whatever is in my power to do right by them without delay.

Skills are a craftsman’s credentials. I care more about a person’s character, what they know, and what they can do than where they grew up, where they went to school, or how many letters they have after their name. I choose to work with other craftsmen: people who are skilled, not simply schooled.

I respect other craftsmen, and I generously assist them however I’m able. I have no respect for the fool who searches for a way to enjoy the fruits of labor without effort, or the scoundrel who seeks to enrich himself by deluding others. Value, not wealth or fame, is the true measure of every craftsman.

I take good care of myself. My mind and body are the tools I use to advance my craft, so I take care of them. Rest and recovery are essential to my life: a worn-down tool is of no use at all.

I never stop pushing my limits. I am constantly testing and experimenting with new ways to expand my capabilities. It is my way of life.

I refuse to waste precious time and energy on trivial matters, trivial problems, and trivial people. I choose to focus only on the most important of demands: those that help me advance my craft or take care of the people who depend on me.

The world is an uncertain place, which I can not fully predict or control. Regardless, I will do everything in my power to prepare for every challenge and weather every storm. Nothing in this world is powerful enough to stop me from continuing to practice my craft.

Anything that I can do to improve my craft, I will do. This will keep me busy until the end of my days: a challenge I gladly accept. I am a craftsman, and always shall be.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

I finally got the big band done with the house and people. Lots of over 1 stitching in this section. The men in this section seemed harder to do than one might think but here it is. There are little buttons on the jackets that are all over 1. It took forever but I am happy with how that all turned out. I will reward myself with a little more stitching on the side bands with some of the flowers. They are so pretty.