As a supplier to the beekeeping world, and due to its seasonality, there are times when I can focus on other work.
A visit to the 2014 Treefest event held at Westonbirt Arboretum was on the cards this year. There were plenty of opportunities to see what other people from around the UK do with varying sizes and different types of wood. There was an abundance of stalls, which to me personally, looked very similar but there were two stalls in particular which stood out.
These two stalls used a certain type of tool which is able to produce amazing results. The tool in question is a Scroll Saw. Seeing the work they produced inspired me to give it another go.
I already have a Scroll saw but it has been gathering a lot of dust, with offcuts placed on top of it in the workshop. I retrieved it from the workshop monster and began to get to grips with it again.
I struggled to use my Scroll Saw previously, which is why it was put away, but seeing how it was done at Treefest helped me realise the potential these machines have, in the right hands that is.
After fighting with my Scroll saw recently and losing too many times, I decided to invest in another one; this was an outstanding decision and I have not looked back since.
So I purchased a Diamond Scroll saw, which is approximately 30 years old, probably the best machine to get due to its diversity in its use. The blades are easier to change, it has the ability to use different types of blades if needs be, can work with much bigger pieces of work, has a variable speed motor but best of all, it has a foot pedal which when I use the machine, sounds like a sewing machine which I believe is just fantastic.
For the upcoming autumn / winter madness of attending Christmas craft events and markets, whilst I wait in anticipation for the next surge in Beehive sales, it will be a very busy time for the new to me anyway Diamond Scroll saw, producing new and interesting craft. The ideas are already starting to flow, just need more offcuts. I will post more photos of my work soon.