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Compound Christmas Ornaments for the Scroll Saw

OK…now that Halloween is over, its time to get serious. Christmas is much closer than you think. Only 8 weekends away! Can you believe that? I know there are a lot of people on your list, so lets get started. How about adding a bit of dimension to your scroll saw Christmas. This week’s Book Of The Week is Compound Christmas Ornaments for the Scroll Saw by Diana Thompson. Inside, you’ll find 48 ornaments and several other projects. My favorite is the compound cut nativity scene. Check this book out. It might be just the excuse you’ve been looking for to try your hand at compound cutting.

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Ready-to-Use Humorous Halloween Illustrations

I thought I’d stay on the Halloween theme this week. So to kick things off, this week’s Book of the Week is Ready-to-Use Humorous Halloween Illustrations from Dover Clipart. I really like Dover clipart because they are all royalty free images and perfect for designing some of your own patterns. Often, the clipart is in black and white, which really makes it easy to adapt for the scroll saw. If you’re pattern maker, or an aspiring pattern maker, check out the clipart that Dover offers. There are so many possibilities, you won’t know where to begin. Would you like a few free samples from Dover clipart? Check out this article I wrote last February.

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The New Scroll Saw Handbook

Yesterday, I posted episode 2 of Scroll Saw Goodies Podcast. In this episode, I talk about how to choose a scroll saw. One of the major resources I used while researching this topic was Patrick Spielman’s The New Scroll Saw Handbook. This is such a great book, I wanted to make it the Book Of The Week. This book is a must own for all scrollers. It has some great history, which is really interesting. But what makes it a necessity is that he explains everything you wanted to know about scroll saws, blades, and additional equipment. He also goes into great detail about pretty much every form of scrolling, from fine fretwork to intarsia. But, don’t come here looking for patterns, though. Instead he packed it full of invaluable information and techniques. This is great for casual reading or as a reference book and is a must have for any serious scroller. Check it out!

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Folk Toys: Patterns & Projects For The Scroll Saw

In this day and age of mass-produced plastic toys, it’s so nice to see a hand-made wooden toy. Toys that have character in their simplicity, but never short in fun or imagination. There’s definitely a sense of great satisfaction when a child puts down his Transformer to play with a toy you built with your own two hands. So I thought I’d step back into history and talk a little about Folk Toys this week.

To start things off, this week’s Book of the Week is Folk Toys: Patterns & Projects for the Scroll Sawby Ken Folk. This book includes 19 patterns for the scroll saw with detailed measured drawings. The patterns range in difficulty from beginner to advanced. A great place to start if you’re looking into creating some ‘old fashioned fun’. Check it out!

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Holiday Ornaments for the Scroll Saw

One of the problems with making holiday ornaments is everybody wants one! And why not? Handcrafted ornaments are much more interesting and offer an infinite amount of sentimental value. They’re not hard to make, nor time consuming. But when everybody wants one, you’ll soon be back-ordered until the following Christmas! So that’s why I’m making Holiday Ornaments for the Scroll Saw this week’s Book Of The Week. You’ll be needing the extra time just to keep up with the demand. This book has over 300 ornaments, covering a wide variety of themes, so you should be able to find something for everybody on your list. Get a jump start on the Holiday season with this fantastic collection of Holiday Ornaments.

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Compound Scroll Saw Creations

This week’s Book of the Week comes from the queen of compound cutting, Dianna Thompson. Compound Scroll Saw Creations is a great book for those wanting to get started in 3d cutting. Those with more experience will find some great patterns too. Not sure if compound cutting is right for you? I’ve written an article about Dianna before, where she provides a free tutorial and pattern to get you started. You can read the article here. Once you have the basics down, be sure check out her book for a lot of great patterns.

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New Feature: Book Of The Week

I love books. I read mostly informational/how-to books, but I love ’em! So, I’m always on the lookout for new books to add to my library. The great thing about the scroll sawing hobby, there is no shortage of books to look at. So I thought I’d start a new feature on this blog. Introducing, Book Of The Week. But wait, Travis, you already have Book Of The Week. While it is true that I have highlighted a new book each week for the last 17 weeks, it wasn’t a regular blog feature. You’ll still be able to find the Book of the Week in the upper right corner of the website, but in addition, I’ll write a quick article each week talking about that book. I’m hoping to expose my dear readers to a wide variety of resources for scrollers, as well as archiving these recommendations for future readers.

What kind of books do I cover? I’m glad you asked. I cover a wide variety of books I feel you may be interested in. I cover pattern books, intarsia, clipart, business books for crafters and the list goes on! I hope you enjoy this new feature and I invite you to take a look at the previous Books of the Week.

Happy reading!

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