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Polymer Clay Inlay

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I was digging through the archives of Scroll Saw Workshop and came across this blog post that I found really interesting. Steve uses polymer clay as an inlay for some of his projects. This is a great way to add color and adds a unique flare you wouldn’t find anywhere else. I think it would take a little experimentation on your part to hone the process, but I think there could be some really cool possibilities here. Check it out!

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Scroll Saw Goodies Moving

As many of you know, I’ve been having trouble with my RSS feeds.  This means that those who subscribe to Scroll Saw Goodies via email have not been getting consistent updates.  I’ve fought with this for awhile with poor results.  I finally decided to move Scroll Saw Goodies to another server in hopes that this will fix things.  I guess only time will tell, but I’m hopeful.  So, as of August 8th, Scroll Saw Goodies will no longer be hosted with Scroll Saw Village

This move will be a good for a few reasons.  First and formost, I’ll be able to fix my main distribution of my blog posts (via email).  Plus, each website has very different goals.  Scroll Saw Goodies is focused on finding cool resources and publishing podcasts on scroll saw related topics.  Scroll Saw Village is a place where scroll saw enthusiasts can gather, exchange information, patterns, and make a few friends along the way.  So while Scroll Saw Goodies was instrumental in getting Scroll Saw Village on its feet, it is time for these two very different websites to be separated so they can flourish on their own.

I’d like to thank everybody who has stuck with SSG so far.  Be sure to update your bookmarks and any links to SSG.  You’ll be able to find us easily at www.scrollsawgoodies.com.  There will be much more goodies to come, so stay tuned.

I also encourage anybody who hasn’t become a member of Scroll Saw Village to register for your free account.  There’s lots of great information there, lots of friendly folks, plus access to hundreds of free scroll saw patterns.  We’d be glad to have ya.

Happy Scrolling!

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Intarsia Tutorial

intarsia101This summer, I’m going to try my hand at intarsia. So I’m reading all I can before I jump in. During my research, I came across a great series by Mike Mathieu of Midlothian Woodworks. He wrote a series of 6 blog posts, aptly named Intarsia 101, on Lumberjocks. Mike shows the process of taking an intarsia project from photo to finished product. He includes a lot of great pictures with descriptions of what is happening in each photo. Check it out! It is well worth the read if intarsia is your future too.

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Scroll Saw/Lathe Wonder Tool

I love my scroll saw, but there are other tools on my wish list too.  Like a lathe!  Wouldn’t that be fun?  It would be awesome if there was such a thing as a scroll saw/lathe combo.  Nah.  That’s just too good to be true.  Or is it? And if we make this wonder-tool ourselves, we can save the earth too!   Could it be possible?  Well, Roy Underhill can make it happen in his article Lathe from a Loft (Popular Woodworking, Oct 2000 issue). The Woodworking Magazine blog has made this article available in PDF format for easy printing and reading.  The article is a humourous approach to building this wonder-machine, but still includes detailed building instrucitons and photo illustrations.  Even if you don’t intend to build your own scroll saw/lathe combo, check it out.  Its a very entertaining read.

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Arabic Calligraphy Patterns

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One of the first forms of word art was calligraphy.  The beautiful swooping lines are certainly an eye pleaser.  Its no wonder why calligraphy is so well received and certainly offers a great scrolling opportunity.

RealfEZ creates beautiful wordart in Arabic calligraphy on his website Arabic Calligraphy For You.  He’ll turn your name into a scroll saw pattern in a matter of a few days.  So if you’re looking for a unique gift, or your family name in Arabic calligraphy, check out his website and put in a request!  You won’t be disappointed, and you’ll have a great conversation piece for your home!  Check it out!

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Welcome To Scroll Saw Goodies

Welcome to the new Scroll Saw Goodies.  I’ve been teasing the new design for the last several weeks, and now its upon us.  The new redesign is in fact a completely new website!  Scroll Saw Village is a new online community for scroll saw enthusiasts.  Chat, share tips, exchange patterns, and just casually talk about our favorite activities.  I think it will be a really great addition to the scroll saw community.   But don’t worry, I haven’t given up on Scroll Saw Goodies.  I’ll continue to regularly blog and share the goodies I have come across in my internet travels.  In 2009, I’d like to focus a little more on the podcast, introduce some screen casts, and offer more tutorials.  It should be a fun ride!

I hope you enjoy the new website.  I worked hard to make this a comfortable and easy-to-use.  If you need help, feel free to contact me via email, or leave a post in the forums.  Here’s to a prosperous New Year!

Happy Scrolling!

–Travis

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A Little Update

Here’s a little update for those of you who take the time to follow my modest blog.

As you know, I haven’t been posting as frequently as I normally do. For that, I apologize. So what’s the deal? Have I been slacking? Nope. I’ve been working on a project that’s been keeping me pretty busy, lately. I’ve been working hard on redesigning the website. I’ve even added a feature or two that I think you’ll really enjoy. “What is it,” I hear you saying. I can’t tell you. Its a surprise. A New Year’s surprise! So, make sure you stop by on January 1, 2009 and find out what the special surprise is. I think you’ll like it.

Anyway, I’m still around and will continue to provide more Scroll Saw Goodies. Even if it is less frequent right now. But the end result will be worth it.

I hope you all are having a wonderful Holiday season. Be safe in your travels, and Happy Scrolling!

—Travis

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