Welcome to this edition of Creative Woodworks & Crafts
! I continue to enjoy meeting many of you through our Readers’ Gallery feature, woodworking shows, or by simply picking up the phone to take an order for a subscription or pattern. I never imagined, when we launched Readers' Gallery many years ago, that it would grow to an average of three or four pages per issue, sustaining itself, without a break, year after year. Even better, the quality of the work being shared through this feature continues to impress us with new ideas and tireless creativity.
On page 56, we are privileged to visit Mr. Aurele Gareau's eighth grade "hands-on" visual arts class at St. Isidore School in Bellevue, Saskatchewan, Canada. It seems that this class is the place to be if you want to learn how to get things done, not just on the woodworking bench, but also in society at-large: these kids are producing real-life projects, such as a new design for a tractor trailer and a small-scale model home. Certain class members not only constructed, in great detail, the miniature house shown on page 56; they also learned all about home inspections, acquisition of apprentice cards and building permits, how to comply with building codes, and much more. Now, that's a practical education! Mr. Gareau, thanks for sharing your class' accomplishments and enthusiasm with us!
I recently returned from an excellent, well-attended woodworking show (held annually) in Saratoga Springs, NY, where I personally met some of you and, as always, I got a lot of valuable feedback. One item I heard about repeatedly was Diana Thompson's birdhouses, featured on our last issue's front cover. Clearly, many of you liked her birdhouse designs and quickly made them in your shops. I must admit, Diana has a way of keeping us guessing as to "what's next?" from her very creative workbench. In this issue (page 16), she presents her Seashell Keepsake Box and Vase, a pair of beautiful projects sure to be built by many of you.
Another observation from the New York show was that many of you have taken note of Dick Miraglia's "carved fretwork" technique. Dick attended the show and was kind enough to offer his masterpiece, The Wildlife of Glacier National Park
, for display at our booth, and boy, was I glad that he did! It turned out to be a great conversation piece which stood out at a show that was chock-full of outstanding fine woodworking projects. Many people who otherwise were about to pass by our booth, without so much as a second look, stopped on a dime when they saw this project, often calling to their side the person they were with. People were simply "wowed" by the elegant beauty of the piece, which is much more impressive in person than in photographs. Projects like Diana's birdhouses and Dick's Wildlife of Glacier National Park
remind me that scroll sawing, in all its forms, has come light years since the pig-shaped cutting boards of the early 90s!
Sheila Landry had the booth adjacent to ours at the show, and it was great to see that people came from far and wide to meet her, take her classes, and see her work firsthand. Sheila's article on page 44, "Big Things From Little Places," reminds us that a limited workspace in no way implies limited results—she reveals that her "shop" is a well organized corner of her kitchen!
As always, we hope you enjoy this issue and wish you health and happy woodworking!