Thursday, August 30, 2007

I get this question a few times a week so I looked up the official answer from the Corel web site.

Eligibility to purchase CorelDraw X3 Student/Teacher edition.

To purchase education versions of shrink-wrapped software, or take advantage of the Corel Volume Purchase Program, purchasers must be: accredited schools, faculties, full- or part-time registered students, academic supervisory organizations, hospitals, libraries, museums, and nonprofit charitable and religious organizations.

The aforementioned categories for eligibility for education pricing are further described as:

Accredited Schools

Institutions may be either publicly or privately owned

  • Preschools
  • Elementary schools
  • Secondary schools
  • Vocational schools
  • Correspondence schools
  • Junior colleges
  • Colleges
  • Universities, or scientific or technical institutes recognized by the appropriate ministry or department of education

K-12 Educators, Vocational, college or university faculty

Proof of current employment is required.

  • Faculty and/or staff members (full- or part-time) of any accredited school
  • Registered and/or state-recognized home educators providing primary or secondary education


  • Full- or part-time registered students. Valid photo student identification is required if purchasing through a Corel Authorized Education Reseller. If a photo ID is not available, then two pieces of ID are required.

Supervisory Organizations

  • Boards of education
  • Ministries of education
  • School district administrative offices
  • State departments of education


  • All hospitals. Health Management Organizations (HMO) and headquarters are excluded


  • All public and school libraries (publicly or privately funded) providing not-for-profit library services to a community, region or district

Educational Consortia and Systems

  • Corporations and associations validly organized and existing under the laws of a state, province or territory


  • Permanent public or private nonprofit agencies or institutions organized for educational, aesthetic or cultural purposes
  • Must own or use objects for exhibition to the general public on a permanent and regular basis
  • Must collect, preserve, study, interpret, assemble and exhibit objects and specimens of educational and cultural value, including artistic, scientific (animate or inanimate), historical and technological material, to the public for its instruction and enjoyment

Nonprofit Charitable Organizations

  • Charitable organizations not affiliated with a profit-making company or organization. In the U.S., refer to IRS Tax Exemption 501 (c)(3). In Canada, refer to Revenue Canada Income Tax Act, Section 149.1 on charities

Religious Organizations

  • Any religious body considered charitable under provincial, state or country laws. In the U.S., refer to IRS Tax Exemption 501 (c)(3)
  • The organization's beliefs and practices must not be considered subversive or immoral by the courts or laws of the province, state or country

Exclusions: Congregation members or parishioners are not eligible for academic pricing. Organizations must present proof of charitable or nonprofit status and a completed Corel Nonprofit and Charitable Organization Request Form to any Corel® Authorized Academic Reseller.

Terms and Conditions
Organizations must be able to show proof of eligibility and applicable accreditation if requested by Corel or a Corel Authorized Education Reseller. It is Corel's sole discretion to accept or decline the applicant. Any issues or concerns regarding the preceding definitions shall be resolved at Corel's discretion. All software must be used for internal administrative or educational instruction purposes only. Products may not be resold, donated or used as a prize in any promotion.

Email from Dick

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Hi Steve,
Attached is a pattern I made that builds off one that you put on the web. A family member loves West Highland White Terriers so that is what I hope the dog looks like. I made it using Autodesk AutoSketch. It was not easy or fast like I see you do with CorelDraw X3. I tried using InkScape and was almost done after about 1 hour of trial and error. Unfortunately I forgot what I used to preach to my your drawing frequently. InkScape developed a fatal error and shut down and I lost everything. I tried to recreate it and InkScape shut down 2 more times. I decided it is too unstable to use.
I manually traced a photo of the dog in AutoSketch and then drew the rest of the pattern around the trace. I think it took me a couple of hours. Way too much effort compared to what I think you would be able to do in Corel.
Consequently I went out and bought CorelDraw X3 Student and Teachers and paid $129.00 plus tax at Fry's Electronics; there is a store in Phoenix. They don't require verification of student or teacher status. It is available for the same price on .
I haven't broken the shrink-wrap yet but the box reads just like the upgrade version so I believe it is the full version. I'll let you know if it is a reduced version. Your audience may be interested. The salesman says everybody buys the student version. Go figure.
I enjoyed your last tutorial and hope to be able to duplicate it soon.

Thanks Dick. Great info about Frys. Keep us posted on your experience with the student teacher version.

Email from Spring

From: Spring in Sydney, Australia

Hi Steve

I've attached 2 pictures of your patterns that I've completed.

The bowl is made of Qeensland Maple and New Guinea Rosewood.

The golfer is Qeensland Maple.
I had to be very careful with golfclub and the flagpole as they are very thin, I may make them
a little thicker next time to make them a bit stronger.

thanks for the patterns they were a lot of fun to make.

Spring these are very nicely executed and the wood is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing the pictures and the comments about the golfer pattern should be helpful to others. Thanks.

Interactive Contour Tool in Corel Draw

I wanted to post another tutorial for creating scroll saw patterns with Corel Draw. This video will explains the Interactive Contour Tool. The contour tool is used in almost every pattern I create. If you are one of the many readers trying to learn Corel Draw check out this video.

I have to keep the videos under ten minutes so I go a little fast in some places. Watch it a couple times and it should start to make more sense.

This is a tool that you almost can't do without if you plan to create patterns so jump in and give it a try.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Letter Opener Pattern

These letter openers are easy patterns to make and they are easy and quick to cut. I was just doodling around in Corel Draw tonight and came up with this pattern. Hope you guys like it.

I usually cut these from a dark colored exotic wood. I sharpen the edges with a belt sander. Take your time with the sharpening. To make these look good the edges need to be neatly contoured.

Free Scroll Saw Pattern Download

Nice email form a reader in Australia

From: Juvy

Hello Steve,

thought I'd write and tell you that your name /website came up in conversation several time over the weekend.
Our club ( Albury/Wodonga Woodcrafters) held it's yearly scroll saw weekend. People from all over came to participate, 16 saws going strong for 2 days. There was a lot of time spend talking, and 4 different people told me to make sure to visit your site! Had to laugh... been there, done that... and I keep coming back.
Several are using your program to make signs.
Bummer you live so far away, you could have paid us a visit and we could have thanked you in person for all the great work you do and all the time you put into making wonderful patterns for us.

Thank you

Thank you Juvy. It looks like you guys had a fun weekend. I sure wish I could have been there to thank you guys form visiting my site. Nice to hear some of you guys found something here useful. I hope they have even more to talk about next year.


Women Soccer Trophy

Eric requested women soccer trophies. Here they are. 00 - 99 plus blank for a name and an ornament.

Free Scroll Saw Pattern Download

Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Dixie Clock

One last clock pattern for a while. The Dixie Clock is a 5" x 5" clock that fits nicely on a desk. I again used walnut for the body and maple for the back and trim.

I spent the whole day in the workshop today. I got allot finished and made a bunch of saw dust. What better way to spend a Saturday. I sent my daughter who is my only child off to college last week. I have to admit I've been missing her and working keeps my mind busy.

Free Scroll Saw Pattern Download

The clock insert for The Dixie is 3 1/2"
Visit for the insert

Clock Parts - The World Leader in Clock Parts

The Abney Clock

This free scroll saw pattern is named The Abney Clock. The clock stands 10" high and 6" wide at the base. I used walnut for the body and maple for the back and trim.

The Abney requires a 3 1/2" clock insert. The hole for the clock is 3 1/4". I used a hole cutter in the drill press to cut the center hole. The clock body needs to be at least 1" thick to give the clock good proportion. The trim is 1/4" thick.

Enjoy the pattern. I have another clock almost ready to post. It will be smaller to fit nicely on a desk.

Free Scroll Saw Pattern Download

Visit for the insert.

Clock Parts - The World Leader in Clock Parts

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Reader Pattern Request

I had a request for womens softball trophies. Here is a book of trophies for you to cut. 00 - 99 plus a blank trophy for you to add a name.

These trophy pattern books have been more popular than I expected so I think I'll work on a few more sports. If you have a sport you would like to see drop me an email.

Free Scroll Saw Pattern Download

Small Shelf

This small shelf is 9 3/4" high and 5" wide. I used all 1/2" thick oak for this project. With 1/2" material you can easily stack cut two at a time for a matched set.

My shop is down to 86 degrees today. That's down about 10 degrees from the last few days. I'm going to spend all day working on patterns. It feels great to be getting some work finished.

I'll see if I can get a couple more patterns posted this weekend so check back. I might even have enough time for a video.

Free Scroll Saw Pattern Download

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Ornament Stand Pattern

Here is a free scroll saw pattern that was a request from a reader. It's difficult to see from the simulated picture but the base is an oval. The hanging height is 7". For smaller ornaments you can reduce the over all size or just shorten the height.

Hand cut 2d or 3d scrolled ornaments would look great with this stand. Sounds like another pattern project for me.

I'm still having problems spending much time in the workshop because of the extreme heat. We have been at or over 100 degrees for several days. I'm going to tough it out this weekend and get some work done. You can look forward to more videos and patterns soon.

I hope some of you ornament makers find this pattern useful.

Free Scroll Saw Pattern Download

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Use Every Scrap

Don't let even the smallest scrap of that exotic hardwood go in the trash. Throw every piece in a box and when you are bored make some key chains.

These are so cheap and fast to make you can give them away with every purchase. Customers love getting something extra they were not expecting. If you pay full retail in a craft store for the hardware you might spend 60 cents per key chain. Buy online and you'll pay half that.

I have included a pattern book with a few key chain patterns. These are really just to give you the idea. Make up your own. You can't find an easier scroll saw project.

These key chains can be a little fragile if you are not careful. I use a 1/4" split ring to connect the chain to the wood. If you just put the chain through the hole it's a little stronger but the ring looks more finished. When you drill the hole for the ring leave as much wood around the hole as possible. You can also super glue very small copper tubing in the hole for strength.

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Email from Mike

I like getting emails from the readers. Here is one from Mike, with a great idea form his wife. Let's face it guys, most of our projects are purchased by women. If your smart you'll listen to what they say.

Thanks Mike.

From: Mike

Hi Steve, Just wanted you to know how much i enjoy your workshop and all the patterns that you post, also want you to know that the wife came up with another idea for your nascar patterns, she had me do a napkin holder from one of them, so am sending you a couple of snapshots of her idea. Tell the other scrollers to listen to their wifes once in a while,, they do come up with some good ides lol.. take care and god bless. oh yes --keep up the good work. Mike

Monday, August 20, 2007

List of all Patterns to Date.

Here is a list of the free scroll saw patterns that I have posted here at the Scrollsaw Workshop. Feel free to download any patterns you might have missed. I do recommend you go to the archive for more information and video demonstrations.

I hope every one is enjoying the site and is finding something useful.

I'm working on more patterns and video tutorials. This seems to be the two most popular posts.

I keep this site running with advertising and donations. To make this work I need large numbers of visitors. If you like the Scrollsaw Workshop spread the word. If you get a chance post a link, if you are in a woodworking club tell the other members. 90% of my visitors come from word of mouth only 10% from search engines. Thanks for any help you can give.

Please consider a small donation to help support the Scrollsaw Workshop. The donations help make this site possible. I appreciate everyone that visits the Blog. Thank you all very much.


Sunday, August 19, 2007

GWTW Candle Sconce

My wife is a Gone With The Wind fan and avid collector of GWTW memorabilia. I can always buy her a GWTW collectible for her birthday and be safe.

This candle sconce hangs on a wall and gives off some neat shadows when lit. The candle in the picture sits a little high for the piece. You might wand to look around for a smaller dish that sits lower to show of the characters better.

This piece probably violates copyright laws if you were to try to sell it. To be safe you might want to just make this one for gifts.

Free Scroll Saw Pattern Download