Second this month was the Wedding Carriage with 7,332 then the F16's with 5786.
The amazing total of all pattern downloads this month was 277,781. Over a quarter of a million patterns downloaded from my blog in one month. I want to thank all of you for letting me share my hobby with you.
Another thing I have noticed lately is that the number of emails I get from folks who are just getting started in the scrolling hobby are increasing. I have had several in the last few weeks asking which saw I recommend for a beginner. That's always a tough question because I don't want to scare them off by saying they have to buy a $500 saw just to get started. I also don't want them to buy a saw that makes the experience no fun.
The more people we can excite to join the hobby the more likely we can get manufactures to build new products. In several countries the choices of saws is very limited. Even here in the US the choice is not that clear. There is a gap between the entry level saws to the mid level saws that is just too wide. We need a saw under $300 that will give the user a good mid-level experience.
When I make suggestions to new scrollers the $500 saws are usually just too expensive when they don't know if they are going to stick with the hobby. They have usually seen the $120 saws sold in the big box stores. I am not knocking those saws because I know they will get the job done. They just don't offer as good of an experience as a mid level saw like the DeWalt, Delta or Excalibur.
A saw like the Porter Cable sold at Lowes really does get pretty close to the quality I'm talking about. With just a few improvements that would be a very solid machine with a great experience. It sells for under $200. If they could improve just a few things they could bring the saw to market for $299 and I really think they would have a hit.
I'm really just thinking out loud because I know that in the middle of this recession manufacturers take a huge risk when they bring a new product to market.