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|10-06-2011, 08:08 PM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2011
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I would first like to say that I don't wish to step on anyone's toes. Since I have been getting magazines and on the forum with Fox Chapel things have been great. However, I have personally felt that the last couple magazines haven't lived up to my expectations. I feel that there are less articles that help me and less patterns that interest me. I simply want to know if anyone else feels this way? I first subscribed when I was new to scrolling so perhaps it's because I'm more advanced now and it takes more to challenge me.... thoughts?
|10-06-2011, 08:44 PM||#2|
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Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: If it ain't Texas, then it ain't liven
Blog Entries: 1
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No major complaints. but wish there was more fretwork, but scrolling has changed.
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|10-06-2011, 11:30 PM||#3|
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Greenfield Indiana
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I have no problem with the magazine, but anymore about all I cutout are Christmas ornaments.
I've made so many things over the years and I don't try to sell anything and it gets hard to find people to give stuff to
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|10-07-2011, 11:40 AM||#5|
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Littleton, NC
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I receive this magazine and another scroll saw magazine. In both cases some issues I don't find a single item I want to make while other issues I find 4 or 5 or more. All our tastes differ. IMHO I think you need to look at it more on an annual basis and not issue to issue.
|10-07-2011, 12:24 PM||#6|
Join Date: Sep 2005
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We're always looking for reader feedback.
You know the old saying.... You can please some of the people some of the time.....
What kind of projects are you interested in? We try to include a good mix in each issue - fretwork, intarsia, puzzles, beginner, intermediate, advanced...
I would imagine that as you become more experienced in scrolling, you get a bit more picky... In the beginning most folks are eager to try anything and learn from just about every project they make... as their skills progress, they fall into a niche - they find an area they like and that's what they want to scroll... other projects aren't as appealing because they have already tried them and have decided it's just not the kind of thing they want to do.
I do think you need to approach each issue with an open mind. Just because the project itself doesn't appeal to you - doesn't mean you should discount the article. Let's say you don't like to cut puzzles. You should still read through that puzzle article because they might use a finishing technique that is absolutely perfect for the box you are making. Every artist and author has their own unique style and you can learn something from everyone - even if it's just how NOT to do something!
Anyway... I'm rambling... Please do let us know what kind of articles you would like to see in future issues. We take reader feedback very seriously.
|10-07-2011, 01:06 PM||#7|
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Bellport, LI New York
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I think the magazine has been very balanced with something for everyone.(not easy to do). I think we all need to slip out of our comfort zone and try things we haven’t done before.
Having been a test cutter for the magazine about a year or so I have done many projects in the magazine that I normally "would not like or do". Well my attitude has changed after doing the projects I have found that I did enjoy them. So I am not so quick to dismiss any of them even projects that may be considered entry level, look at how addictive the three D stuff is. They are almost like a crack habit.
As far as fretwork goes there has been a lot of it in the magazines, I myself have done a tone of ornaments, a John Nelson clock and picture frame. Alison Tanners fretwork ornaments involve lots of fretwork and I must say are very popular with my customers.
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|10-07-2011, 01:35 PM||#8|
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Lebanon, Pa
Blog Entries: 2
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For once, Shannon beat me to the reply on this. I really can't say anything that she didn't already say, and would just like to emphasize that we really appreciate feedback. I know it can be hard sometimes to offer specific feedback because sometimes it's more of a gut feeling than something specific. If you can't say specifically what you don't like, it also helps us to know what you do like, or what you wish you'd see in the magazine (more shop-related articles, more finishing articles, more fretwork, etc.).
|10-07-2011, 03:28 PM||#9|
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Hamilton, Montana
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I always look forward to my next issue. I'm not always blown away by the patterns and projects, but I am always interested in how they are done. I learn new approaches of finishing etc.
One thing I have noticed on the forum, we are encountering more folks attempting to sell their finished projects.
I'd like to see hints and tips, & innovative ways to display, package, price our items for sale, whether it be for craft shows, farmers markets, church bazaars local art galleries and ways of finding local events. Signage is always a good thing to have but sometimes coming up with the wording can be a daunting task for some of our members. Remember not all of our members feel comfortable posting so we have several hundred who post on a semi- regular basis but we have thousands who just glean information and they are interested in what we have to say and every once in awhile they come out of the shadows and actually begin posting.
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|10-07-2011, 05:19 PM||#10|
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Southern NJ
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I have been getting the magazine for a year now and so far I have found at least 1 project I like in each of the magazines. I do agree with Mike that maybe more articles on the selling end would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for all the work you guys do to try and make each magazine better than the last one.
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