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Paul Bird

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Just a few of the toys I've made for grandchildren, and friends' grandchildren. I love being retired! They could be better, but I only started scrolling about a year or so ago.   
Generally I use pine, as it's easy to source. However, I've not had much success with the oven method, so I've been using Red Oak for the mid-range colour and Tallow wood for the darker colour. 

Super Simple Play Pals
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Noah's Fun-Time Mini Ark  Noah1.jpg 
Easy Basics Truck, Tractor & Trailer
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Easy Basics Happy-Go-Lucky Train  Train.jpg

Easy Basics Truck, Tractor & Trailer  TruckTractor (Medium).JPG 

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Very nice work! I realy like the contrasting wood colors.
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Hi Paul,

I was pleased to see your work this morning. It really made my day. I'm admiring the photos as I eat breakfast and I must say that this is some of the best workmanship I've seen on the Forum. It would be good for our members to see more photos when you have the time. Photos of your toys with kids, of you in your shop, and of steps you take to make the toys are all very educational for us. 

Your photo work is pro. What kind of camera and lighting do you use? Do you have any suggestions on how to set up the shot and arrange the toys in such an artistic way? I love the photos. They really capture the personality of the toys.

The Noah's Ark must be a favorite. It is perfectly done. 
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Paul
Great scroll saw work and finishing, these look super.
I have to agree with John, your selection of background and lighting really makes the projects pop.
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Some lovely work there Paul thanks for showing.
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what great scrollsaw work you have done a fine job on these toys look foward to seeing more of your work.
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Thanks for all the positive comments, they are very encouraging.
   I'm glad you like the photos. As the timber is generally a light colour, I use a contrasting background to highlight the subject – in this case, the vertical background is our kitchen splashback and the toys are placed on a sheet covering the kitchen bench. The sheet stops flare from the camera flash.
   I use a Nikon D3000 digital SLR camera, with a 75mm lens. Lighting is provided by a Nikon Speedlite flash, bounced from a white ceiling.
   I try to position the toys so that there is something in the foreground to attract attention, then something in the middle ground and something in the background.
   I tend to set the camera in manual operation so that I can control the aperture settings to make sure everything in the photo is in focus.

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Thanks for the photo tips. I'll find these very useful.
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Oi Paul
Você tem um excelente acabamento
Parabéns pelo trabalho

Hi Paul 
You have an excellent finish 
Congratulations for the work 
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Hi Paul,
Very beatiful finishing in natural wood. You got it. Congratulations
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Lovely, awesome work. Excellent finish.
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Hello Paul
 
I am so sorry to be the last on on board to see your lovely work.  I somehow missed this whole post and the replay's.
Just wanted to add my two cents to the mix.
What great work, and like everyone said the photos are great.
I love your use of light and dark woods and you natural looking finish. Thanks for sharing.

If you still want to do some oven baking there is a new article under How-To Tips and Trick that might help.
I have not build the Noah's Fun-Time Mini Ark yet even though I have wanted to.
How did it go?
Again love your work.


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Looking good Paul. Being retired is nice isn't it LOL.
   Making car's , trucks and other toys for the grand kids and seeing the smiles they have when you share that toy with them makes it all worth the time spent in the shop...
Your photo's do them justice as well. using manual mode and bounce flash paid off well.
Thanks for sharing ...

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