Awhile back, I created a classroom series on how to design your own scroll saw patterns using GIMP and Inkscape. This class was freely available on Scroll Saw Village in the Village University forum. It included a video tutorial along with written instructions.
Recently, I started working on a new website; How To Design Scroll Saw Patterns (http://www.designingscrollsawpatterns.com). Quite honestly, its the exact same information as provided in the Village University. So why create a new website? There’s a couple reasons:
- First, I wanted a more pleasant presentation of this information (I wanted it to look pretty ). You’ll find the layout much easier to read and view the videos. The illustrations in the written instructions are also easier to see. I think the navigation is much easier too, moving from one lesson to the next.
- Second is for search engine purposes. While the lessons in the Scroll Saw Village do show up in search results, this new site is better optimized for search engines. Hopefully this will make the information a bit more visible. At the end of the day, I really want people to find these lessons and learn to create their own patterns. I think it adds a whole new dimension to the scroll sawing hobby. I’m proud of these lessons, and I want to share it with as many people as possible.
I added a couple new features to the new website. At the top of each lesson, I’ve added links for you to download the actual video file. I get a lot of requests for this option, and I find it easier to provide a link rather than explain how to do it. I also have a link to the written instructions in PDF format for you to download. Many people find it easier to print the instructions and follow along with a hard copy.
Just to be clear, the information in the Village University will remain there. I’m not closing that section down. All classroom discussions and questions from How To Design Scroll Saw Patterns will still be directed to the Village University forum. The new website is only there for concise reading.
So there you have it. The new website. If you have your own website, feel free to link to http://www.designingscrollsawpatterns.com (It would be much appreciated). If you know anybody who wants to learn to make their own patterns, please direct them there too.
Enjoy the new website!