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Wooden Vases on the Scroll Saw Book

This digital download pattern book contains eight beautiful wooden vase patterns. These are easy to make and sure to be a hit with friends and family. The video below shows the technique so you can check it out before you purchase the book. The book is $12 and available as instant download after you make payment. Use the Buy Now button below to make the online purchase. If you prefer to pay with check or case just email me and I can give you the information for that payment.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

UFO Hitchhiker.


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A day with friends.

My wife and I traveled to Richfield Ohio Friday night to attend the North Eastern Ohio Scroll Saw Picnic. We had a nice 6 hour drive arriving at nearly midnight. The event is being held at the Days Inn Suites and Conference Center. After a good nights sleep I was up and ready for the 9am open. Well actually I got there around 9:15 but I'm on vacation so it's okay to be late.

When I entered the show room I was pleasantly surprised to see a good early turnout. there were people at every vendor booth. Several people talking and and looking over some of the nice projects on display.

Lee Neiden, President of NEOS greeted me after I checked in and you could see the pride in his eyes. It was obvious from the early turnout that the first NEOS picnic was going to be a big success. After day one I want to congratulate all the members of NEOS for the hard work they put in to this show. I truly had a blast at the show today.

Lorie Anderson, Vice President of NEOS was working the floor meeting and greeting visitors as well as making sure the event went off without a hitch. Other members were working the check in table and welcoming everyone with a smile.

On day one I was only able to attend two seminars. The first was the Thunderwood demonstration by Mike Anderson. Think 12,000 volts, two probes and one mad scientist. The demonstration took place outside the convention center. Probably a wise choice.
Mike has been experimenting with this technique of beautifying wood for several years now. He uses a neon sign transformer to convert the 120 volts AC to 12,000 volts of wood zapping power.

The wood is pre-coated with salt water and allowed to soak in a little. The the probes are applies to different sections of the wood blank and the magic begins. I was expecting a quick flash and it would be all over but the beauty happens rather slowly. As the current seeks it's path of least resistance through the wood it gently burns a fractal design in the wood. Mike says you never know where it will move but it was cool to watch.

Mike uses a brush with the salt solution to coax the electricity to move where he wants but even with his experience the end result is very random an beautiful
The picture above is the raw finished piece. There is still a lot of sanding and finishing before Mike is satisfied with the piece of art. The finished wood has many applications. Hung simply as a piece of artwork or used in scroll saw projects are just a couple. By the way Mike has worked as a first responder with the power company for 38 years. The man knows high voltage. This is not a project for just anyone. It obviously has life and death potential.

Here is a picture of one of the finished Thunderwood boards. The result is absolutely beautiful

Cherie Eppler who runs CE Woodwork was my second seminar. Cherie has been a scroller for 9 years and she gave a scroll saw basics power point seminar. The seminar was full with interested listeners. I was eager to meet Cherie in person after talking with her on my blog forum and email for quite some time. Cherie in energetic, personable and just a nice person. This was her first presentation and it went off perfectly with everyone listening and asking questions. Well done Cherie.
Dr. Spencer Bloom D.D.S had the "How the heck did you do that?" project at the show. In the picture above the good doctor is holding The Orb. This one is going to be difficult to explain. Using the scroll saw bowl technique he produces half bowls and glues and sands the piece into the shapes in these pictures. It is a beautiful effect.
This one is called The Ribbon. It is a series of six half bowls. Spencer spent several minutes trying to get my slow brain to understand the jigs involved in the technique. He finally just looked at me with that "You don't really get this do you?" look and said he had pictures of the process he would show me later. He was correct I need pictures, videos, maps, written instruction and divine inspiration to understand how he got The Ribbon so thin and so smooth.

Spencer also makes the Nautilus shells designed by Steve Garrison. Somehow I missed this pattern in one of the scroll saw magazines so when Spencer told me about it I went and found this picture on the net. I need to give this one a try. Love it.

Lorie, and Lee started the day one raffle drawing and everyone got their tickets out. They drew for half the prizes today and will finish tomorrow with the grand prize being a Sand-Flee from RJR Studios. I love my Sand-Flee. Whoever wins that prize will be taking home a nice gift for their shop.
The young man in this picture, I think his name was David, should have played the lottery this week. I think he won something like 4 out of the first 6 drawings. He made a nice haul.
Lee gives over the Shop-Vac air cleaner to it's proud new owner Spencer. This was one of the products that I was happy to donate to NEOS for the raffle. I was thrilled Spencer won the prize. With all the sanding he has to do on his ribbon projects his lungs need the break. Repeat after me Spencer. "I will wear a mask, I will wear a mask, I will wear a mask." Spencer is one of those guys I can sit and talk to all night. His passion for the hobby is infectious and he has the skill to back up his ideas. His profession may be in the medical field but he is a true artist at heart. That much was easy to see. Thanks for the great conversations Spencer.

There were a couple machines set in the the scroll saw coral and a few people took advantage of the opportunity to sit a scroll a little.
After the event was closed for the day my wife, Patty and I were invited to attend the dinner with the vendors and NEOS members. We had a comfortable room and the meal was outstanding. I usually figure hotel convention food is going to be over priced and under cooked but this was a pleasant surprise. Baked chicken, beef, potatoes, and mixed vegetable were served buffet style and it was a very good meal. My wife and I were lucky to sit with Lorie and Mike Anderson. Mike might be the Thunderwood mad scientist but he and his wife Lorie are the perfect dinner companions.
Anyone who attends these events will tell you that the best part is meeting the people in the hobby. I don't know what it is but scrollers are some of the warmest and welcoming people you will ever run into.

I met many wonderful people today and was more than thrilled to meet two of the most talented and nice people in the industry. Dirk and Karen Boelman were there. I have followed their work for years as I'm sure many of you have also. You know what it's like when you meet someone who you have admired for a long time and they turn out to be just as nice as you had imagined? That was my experience with Dirk and Karen. I hate to sound star struck but Dirk is the finest scroll saw pattern designer in the world and I am star struck. Just saying. I can scratch that one off my bucket list.

Okay I better stop here for today. There are even more seminars tomorrow and I want to get more pictures and some video to share with you guys. Still need to spend time with RJR Studios, Fox Chappel, PS wood machines and others. I have a few things on my list to buy also.

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This DVD contains all the patterns from the Scrollsaw Workshop blog from May 12, 2007 to December 2, 2012. There are 1113 pattern books many with multiple patterns. These are the patterns that are available in the free online catalog. This DVD is for those who wish to have all the patterns and don't wish to try and download hundreds of patterns. Use the DVD for club meetings, sharing with friends and customers, Archiving etc.

No returns are accepted. No refunds. Defective DVDs will be replaced. Please watch the instruction videos to understand what you will receive.

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Create a Family Heirloom. Download The Jigsaw Puzzle Template Book. Only $7.00

Create one of a kind jig saw puzzles. Imagine how thrilled they will be when you create a hand cut wooden jigsaw puzzle of their photograph. Wedding and anniversary photos, birthday or special occasion.
Watch this video demonstration to see of the templates being used to create a wedding puzzle.
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You will be directed to the download page after your purchase for instant download.

This pattern book contains the following size patterns

5x5 25 piece

4x6 24 piece

5x7 35 piece

8x10 80 piece

4x6 96 piece

5x7 140 piece

8x10 320 piece

Important: On the successful payment page click the Return to Merchant button to be directed to the download page. This pattern book contains only the puzzle patterns. No pictures are included. The book is in Adobe pdf format and requires Adobe Reader to view. This is a download only. If you wish to pay by check please include an email address and I will send the file to you. I can not mail a disk or print of the book.

Stencil Printer 1.7

The Scrollsaw Workshop Stencil Printer 1.7 is my latest software for creating patterns. It will create key chain fobs, desk name plates and more. Click the image above to download the latest version. It is free to use donationware.

Scroll Saw Pattern Printer update 1.1

Scroll Saw Pattern Printer update 1.1
Download the Free Scroll Saw Pattern Printer Version 1.1. Create name patterns in seconds.
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Scroll Saw Keychain Pattern Maker

Use the Scroll Saw Keychain Maker to start a small keychain business. Build yourself a nice display and make up severl keychains with common names. Sell at craft shows, on Ebay or at work. Everyone needs a keychain. Take custom orders. Heck just make them and give them away as gifts. It's all made easy with the Scroll Saw Keychain Maker. Watch the video demonstration then download the file below and get started with the fun.
The following link will start the download process. After the file download is complete just click the setup file and the program will be installed. Please consider a $5 donation for the program.

Download the Oval Keychain Pattern Maker.

Enjoy designing and printing these great personalized key chains. Give them as gifts, make them for fun or sell them at craft shows. It's easy, just watch the video demo then download and install the program. You will be designing these fun projects in minutes.
Download the Free Oval Key Chain Pattern Maker. Create Oval key chain patterns in seconds.
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Sue Mey Scroll saw artist

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Make sure you visit my good friend Sue. She is one of the finest scroll saw pattern designers in the world today. .

Philip Lowndes Noah's Arc Pattern Available. Watch the video below.

This video is from Philip Lowndes. He is the designer of this beautiful Noah's Arc puzzle pattern. If you would like the pattern follow the link below.
Buy This Wonderful Heirloom Puzzle Pattern

Flying Dutchman. The blades recommended by Steve Good

Why do I recommend the Flying Dutchman blades? I could say they are high quality, sharp and consistent. That would be a good reason. I could say the price per blade is great and that would be an excellent reason. Those are the reasons I buy them but I recommend them because I like doing business with Mike at Mike's Workshop. When I send a reader of the Scrollsaw Workshop to Mike he takes care of them. That makes me look good and keeps my readers coming back.

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