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chat-iconScroll Saw Village has added a live chat feature.  Talk in real time with fellow scrollers about the hobby we love.  The chat room is open 24/7 with a scheduled chat every Thursday at 7pm MST.  Once a month, we’ll pick a topic or invite a special guest to host a Q&A session.  For those of you who have taken the GIMP or Inkscape class, on Nov. 19th I’ll be hosting a live screencast in the chat room to answer any GIMP and Inkscape questions.  This is a great way to get your questions answered and demonstrated.    I hope you join us for our scroll saw chats.  We have a great time and look forward to seeing you there!

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Holiday Festivities

roseboxfullWith Christmas right around the corner, its time to start thinking of making a few Christmas gifts for loved ones in your life.  To help motivate you to create a little Holiday sawdust, Scroll Saw Village is holding a contest! The winner will recieve a Rose Jewlery Box intarsia kit provided by Midlothian Woodworks, a $40 value.  Entry into this drawing is very easy.  Just post a picture at Scroll Saw Village of a cutting you intend to gift this Holiday season.  That’s it!  Want to increase your odds?  Post a Works In Progress tutorial in the forum as you put together your gift.  Include pictures and description and you’ll get another entry in this awesome drawing.  The winner will be drawn at random on December 1st, 2009.  You can find the entry details here.

While you’re at it, check out the other intarsia kits Midlothian Woodworks has to offer. Mike has a wide variety of kits to choose from and any one of them would make an awesome Christmas gift.  Be sure to thank him for sponsoring the contest too.  Without him, this fun little challenge would not be possible.

While we’re in our Holiday festivities mode, Scroll Saw Village is holding a Secret Santa.  Give and receive a cutting from a fellow scroller.  The deadline for registration is Black Friday (Nov. 27).  After which, you’ll get the name and address of of your recipient.  Put it in the mail and wait for your scroll sawn gift to arrive.  There’s a $10 cap on materials.  You might want to get started on your gift sooner than later to ensure it gets to the final destination on time.  You can register and find the details here.

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Making Scroll Saw Patterns with Inkscape – L8

Welcome to the very last lesson in our free online class on how to use Inkscape to make your own scroll saw patterns.   This time, we demonstrate how to use the tools we learned up to this point to create an elk mini-clock.  The clock takes a standard 1 7/16″ mini-clock insert.  You can find these inserts online or at some local craft stores.  This lesson is a bit long, but you’ll see the entire process as we create this really neat desk clock.  You can find the finished pattern here.

You can find this lesson and others at Scroll Saw Village in the Village University forum.  You’ll find videos, written instruction, downloadable source material, and classroom discussion where you can have all your questions answered.  Be sure to stop by and check it out.

I hope you guys enjoyed this class and learned a thing or two. Inkscape isn’t a hard program to learn, it just takes a little practice (just like anything else). The possibilities are endless with this program and you can come up with unique designs that nobody else has. I hope you choose to share your talent with the rest of us and upload some of your creations to the Pattern Library. Scrollers are very appreciative of pattern designers. Plus, its a huge thrill when you see someone cut one of your patterns. I can’t wait to see what y’all will come up with. Anyway, on with the show!

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Making Scroll Saw Patterns with Inkscape – L7

Welcome to Lesson 7 of our 8 part series as we learn to use Inkscape to make our own scroll saw patterns. This time we’re taking everything we have learned up to this point and applying it to design a trinket/potpourri box. This video moves fairly fast and I don’t spend much time teaching you how to use the tools. But everything that I have done in the video (with exception to the Dynamic Offset tool) have already been covered in previous lessons. So if you run into problems, be sure to review the previous lessons.
If you’d like to download the Dingbat font that I used in this design, you can find it at  Dafont.com. If you’d like a copy of the pattern designed in this demonstration, you can find that here.

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Making Scroll Saw Patterns with Inkscape – L6

This is lesson 6 of our 8 part series as we learn to use Inkscape to create our own scroll saw patterns.  This lesson, we learn to use the text tool.  Whether you’re wanting to create word art, or simply sign your patterns, we’ll show  you how to gain control over your text. This is a pretty quick lesson, but you should walk away with a good feel for what you can accomplish with the text tool.  Be sure to stop by the Village University forum at Scroll Saw Village to find the written instruction, as well as classroom discussion where you can have your questions answered.  On with the show!
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Making Scroll Saw Patterns with Inkscape – L5

I think this lesson will be the most important of all of the lessons in this class. This time, we’re learning about nodes and editing. Nodes are what give vector graphics their power. By understanding how to edit these nodes, you’ll be unstoppable. It’s not difficult to learn, but it will take some practice. This video will show you everything you need to know to start coming up with really unique scroll saw patterns. You can find the written instruction, and classroom discussion in the Village University forum at Scroll Saw Village. Be sure to stop by and check those out.

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Making Scroll Saw Patterns with Inkscape – L4

Things are starting to get interesting in Lesson 4 of our continuing series as we learn to use Inkscape to create scroll saw patterns. This lesson, we discuss creating complex shapes using additive and subtractive tools to basic shapes. These tools are found under Path menu. We’ll be discussing Union, Difference, Intersection, Exclusion, Division and Cut Path. We’ll also touch briefly on Combine and Break Apart. Lesson 4 can be found here which includes this video, written instruction, downloadable source material, and classroom discussion where you can have all of your questions answered.
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