Welcome to our 2010 Holiday issue! The key word for this edition is value, as it's loaded with dozens of highly creative ornament designs which have never been seen before. Each year, the challenge for our publishing team is to avoid repeating what's been done in the past and, thanks to our talented designers, I think we've accomplished that this season. So, get ready for some fun, unique, and truly innovative tree trimmers, as well as a bunch of excellent holiday-themed projects.
Bob Valle has contributed some great ornaments this year; check-out the nine Smiling Snowmen on page 42. Have you ever seen such happy-looking snowmen? Just having them on your Christmas tree this season will add a touch of joy to your home, for sure. Also, Bob's Busy Elves on page 28 are delightful and have a certain vintage look, giving the viewer that warm, nostalgic feeling of times gone by.
Dirk Boelman's ornament creations have appeared in CWC since the early 90s, and I don't think anyone has designed a greater quantity of very popular ornaments than him. Every year, when I ask him to design new ornaments for the upcoming Holiday issue, I ask myself, "How is this guy going to come up with new ideas, when he has already generated hundreds upon hundreds of them?" And, of course, every year he manages to pull dozens of new ones "out of his hat," a metaphor for his creative imagination, which appears to be unlimited. This year, Dirk has relied heavily upon his sense of humor, and thus he brings us designs such as his Santas on The Move ornaments, shown on page 51, whereby Santas travel by golf cart, motorcycle, snowmobile, tractor, motorboat, and bicycle, waving to us as they speed along on their merry way. Also, take a look at his Sea Friends Ornaments on page 58—only Dirk would come up with an ornament depicting a worm on a hook, wearing a Santa hat and looking happy!
Over the past few years, many of you have made "slotted ornaments," consisting of two pieces which fit together, as their name implies, by way of mating rectangular slots. Knowing how popular these ornaments have been, I was intrigued when, earlier this year, a gentleman named John Bare sent me a photo of his "Double-Slotted" ornaments, three of which appear on page 36. These ornaments consist of four mating pieces and the results speak for themselves—like the "regular" slotted ornaments, they are three dimensional, yet due to the increased number of mating pieces, their three dimensionality is greatly enhanced, and quite simply, they look great.
Our resident wordsmith-in-wood, Paul Boer, keeps getting better with each issue, and his "Angels' Greeting" on page 12 is no exception; for this project, he uses uplifting words from Luke 2:14 so that they form the shape of a Christmas tree, thus adding to the project's beauty and inspiration.
Finally our Special Readers' Gallery Feature on page 64 makes us aware of three distinct teaching activities with one theme in common—teaching scroll sawing to children. Thanks go to the DFW (Dallas/Ft. Worth) Scrollers Club, Lis Laustroer, and the Durham Woodworking Club in Ontario, Canada (courtesy of Steve Hutcheon) for allowing us to share in the joy of their teaching experiences.
Enjoy this issue and, until the next one, wishing you health and happiness.
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