[KwartzLab] How many blades??
doug at moens.org
Wed Oct 5 13:09:59 EDT 2011
Hi Darcy. Ben updated me last night, and the summary is that if we do
our event at The Museum, then we still need to provide pumpkins. So I
think we still need blades.
Their pumpkin event involves painting small pumpkins which are not
suitable for carving, and caters to the small children that we do not
want to allow into our event. So I think there is a potential for
synergy here. They can put us in the atrium, but a sticking point is
that they'd charge $11.50 general admission to each adult and child
before allowing them into the atrium.
No news from Waterloo yet, as far as I know.
On 5 October 2011 10:47, Darcy Casselman <dscassel at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Jeff,
> The Hacky Hallowe'en venue is still up in the air at the moment
> (AFAIK). I do know that we're talking to THEMUSEUM to see if we can
> tie into their pumpkin carving event on the 29th. The upside of that
> is they'd be providing the pumpkins, so it eliminates our pumpkin
> acquisition, shipping and disposal problems. The downside is we lose
> control of the pumpkin carving side of the event.
> Ben's in charge of negotiating with THEMUSEUM. He's in a better
> position to give a status update on that side of things.
> In short: I wouldn't recommend going out and buying blades today.
> Although I'm hoping we can get the venue sorted out by the end of this
> week so we know which way this thing is going. And talk to Ben so we
> can figure out how best to show off your pumpkin-related skills.
> On Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 9:43 AM, Jeff Schmidt <digitalfalcon at rogers.com> wrote:
>> I'll be getting the fattest scroll saw blades I can find which will reduce
>> breakage, but not eliminate it. It's usually very hard to twist the blade
>> to break it, but it can be broken at the handle if you bend it over when the
>> blade is all the way into the pumpkin. No pieces go flying or anything, but
>> it can happen.
>> So, between the couple that will break, and the couple that are lost on the
>> ground or thrown out by accident in the trash, and the few that walk home
>> with the participants, I'd say we'll need 50 blades. If we have a lot left
>> over at the end, great!! We can use them for our own pumpkins then store
>> them for next year.
>> Other supplies we'll need are:
>> - permanent markers for people who want to draw their patterns on the
>> - thumb tacks with large handles for "poking" the patterns onto pumpkins
>> - masking tape to attach the patterns to the pumpkins
>> - paper towels to dry off the pumpkins after they've been scooped
>> - garbage bags, for used patterns and to tape onto tables to protect them
>> from goop
>> - a bit of flour to rub on the poked holes in case they aren't visible.
>> - Jeff
>> From: Katrina Somers <katchan at lilbluekat.net>
>> To: KwartzLab Public Discussion List <discuss at kwartzlab.ca>
>> Sent: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 8:37:35 AM
>> Subject: Re: [KwartzLab] How many blades??
>> Just a question - what are the odds of any of the blades breaking? I
>> had assumed that there would be some potential for a snapped blade (I
>> confess ignorance on the type you're proposing, I just know I've
>> broken blades on pumpkins before!) and that the number of them would
>> ensure that we weren't short at all. Am I out to lunch?
>> On 5 October 2011 07:59, Jeff Schmidt <digitalfalcon at rogers.com> wrote:
>>> 110 was only if the participants were keeping their blades. I was planning
>>> on buying a gross (144) for 50 bucks, but if you need less than that (40?
>>> 50?) I may just get them locally.
>>> - Jeff
>>> Sent from my iPod
>>> On Oct 5, 2011, at 1:28 AM, doug moen <doug at moens.org> wrote:
>>>> Here's my opinion, for whatever it is worth: We are planning to
>>>> support up to 100 kids over the course of the event, but they aren't
>>>> all carving pumpkins simultaneously. That makes me think we can do
>>>> with far fewer blades. Unless each participant keeps their blade, but
>>>> I don't see a compelling reason for that, and it's a pain to
>>>> manufacture so many blades. We were earlier talking about having 10
>>>> pumpkin carving stations. That number isn't solid, as we haven't
>>>> chosen a venue yet. However, there's a limit to how many simultaneous
>>>> kids we can reasonable support. We are limited by some combination of
>>>> space and available volunteers. Right now, I'd guess that 20 blades
>>>> would be plenty.
>>>> You've actually done this before, and I haven't. If you are
>>>> recommending 110 blades, then you probably have a good reason, and I'm
>>>> happy to follow your recommendation. I don't feel particularly
>>>> qualified to "own" the decision on how many blades we need.
>>>> On 4 October 2011 22:00, Jeff Schmidt <digitalfalcon at rogers.com> wrote:
>>>>> Hey pumpkin carving planners! How many blades do we need to make? I
>>>>> need to know so I can get the scroll saw blades and dowels.
>>>>> I'd recommend one blade per participant plus 10% but I need you to
>>>>> - Jeff
>>>>> Sent from my iPod
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