We are pleased to be continue our series on Maker Studio member profiles, and this week we had the chance to catch up with Bcurtindale (Brenda Curtindale) to get to know her a little better! Read on to learn more about Bcurtindale and the projects she tackles with Dremel tools.
Why did you join Maker Studio?
I heard about the Maker Studio while binge watching carving videos, I joined hoping to learn how to use and care for my Dremel.
What's your favorite part of the Maker Studio community?
My favorite part of the community is the variety of content and I love seeing the creative things people do, very inspiring.
How would you describe yourself/occupation to a complete stranger?
My husband and I mill trees off our property to build benches, bars, and tables, I occasionally personalize them with a variety of carving. My husband builds and I carve birdhouses as well. We are Squatch and The Wood Bee.
What types of projects are your favorite ones to complete? Crafts? Home upgrades? Something else?
My favorite by far is power carving,
What is your favorite Dremel product? How has it helped with your projects?
My favorite Dremel tool is the flex shaft on the 4000. But the ease of use and burr changes with the Dremel flex shaft is outstanding no annoying vibration in my hand is the best!!
What's the best project you have completed and how did you accomplish it?
My best project I don't think has happened yet but I was pretty proud of the double nest box planter, mostly because I actually built it, I usually don't do that part but hubby kinda made me since I was entering into the challenge!! There were many misses with the Brad nailer!!!
What's the most difficult project you have tackled?
My most difficult project... My husband showed me a picture of a lapel pin of a skull chef thing and said " you can do this right?" I said uh NO! I had just barely started carving. He had already told the lady I would do it, she was gifting it to her commander as a going away gift and that skull thing was their mascot. It was ok but if I could have a do over I would not have used the flat side of the cut of cedar.
If you could create any type of project (with no limitations), what would you do? Why?
My ultimate project would be a wildlife, mountain scenery headboard and foot board for a cedar log bed. Why?? I think it would be so beautiful!!
What is the coolest thing you’ve learned or made using a Dremel product?
The coolest thing I have learned using my Dremel is I can create something unique, beautiful or useful out of our "scrap" from our milling.
What’s the next Dremel product on your wish list?
The ultimate on my Dremel wish list would have to be the Digilab. I horde so much that needs to become something.
What's the best advice that anyone has ever given you?
About 2 years ago a man ( I later learned he is an award winning caricature carver and teaches carving) anyway he came to look at our benches and mentioned I could carve on them. I laughed and told him even my stick people are questionable... I have no artistic abilities. He told me to try a wood spirit. I got on YouTube and the next thing ya know I got me a Dremel 4000 I figured what the heck I had a ton of scrap I would either make terrible art or beautiful firewood!! I have carved almost everyday since!
What’s your favorite TV show or movie right now?
I've never been a tv or movie person.
What's your all-time favorite food?
All time favorite food is German food!
Thank you for your time, Bcurtindale. We're happy to have you as part of our community!
Stay tuned for more Maker Studio member profiles to come!