Saturday, May 5, 2007

Book Review: Classic Fretwork Scroll Saw Patterns

Scroll sawyers are always looking for patterns. Believe it or not we use to get most of our patterns from books. That was before the internet. Now we can buy a single pattern for a few bucks off a web site. Books are still a great source for people who want to study pattern design. Just like an oil painter studies the masters to learn his craft, we can study from books to develop an eye for what looks good in a fretwork patterns. Designing fretwork takes practice that is not mastered overnight. I would like to review a book for you that I purchased several years ago. Classic Fretwork Scroll Saw Patterns is a book by Patrick Spielman, pictured at left and James Reidle. This book is still in print and can be purchased from Pat Spielman authored several fine scroll saw instructional books and was widely known in the scrolling community. Pat died in 2004 but his books are still some of the best on the market. Classic Fretwork Scroll Saw Patterns is nearly 200 pages most of which are patterns. I have only cut about 5 of the patterns from this book but I use it frequently to study fretwork designs. I feel this is where this book stands out from the field of modern day pattern books. The fretwork is nicely detailed but not so much that you can’t use some of the designs in your own patterns. There are a variety of pattern types to choose from. Clocks, baskets, mirrors, boxes, shelves, picture frames and more. I would judge the quality of the patterns to be very good for the most part. There are a least a couple patterns that would make nice craft show sellers and several that would make nice gifts. If you would like to begin to create some fretwork patterns of your own this would be a nice book to have in your collection to study from. If you have comments please post them.

You will not beat the price!

Hey guys, after my comment about Inkscape in an earlier post I thought I better bring myself up to speed with this free open source vector graphics program. I spent a little time with it today and it's not half bad. After spending what I did for Corel Draw I won't switch, but Inkscape is not a bad alternative to Corel for creating scroll saw patterns. I started my learning curve by creating a name pattern. Sounded like an easy way to get started so in this video I will show you my results. I will provide a link below the video to the Inkscape site. Go get it and make some patterns.

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Free Pattern Catalog. 1000's of free patterns.

Thousands of FREE scroll saw patterns. No registration or signup required.

The projects form these patterns can be sold without restrictions. The patterns cannot be sold.

Click here for the Free Online Catalog.


Wooden Vases on the Scroll Saw Book $12 Each
Each digital book is available for download immediately after payment.
The books are $12 per edition and contains eight unique patterns each.
Watch the following video to see how easy these beautiful scroll saw vases
are to make. 

Order the $3 pdf Catalog

This is a PDF of all the patterns in my free catalog. It is for Windows only and has a program to automatically download the pattern to your computer. Please watch the video below before you order. Click the picture to order.
You do not need a PayPal account to order. At the bottom of the PayPal page is a button that will allow you to pay with a credit card. After successful payment click the Return to Merchant button for the download.

Stencil Printer 1.7

Stencil Printer Instruction Video.

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. This software is for Windows PC only.

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. Windows PC only.
Download Version 1.1
Please consider a $5 donation for The Scroll Saw Pattern Printer v1.1.

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. Windows PC only.
Download the Free Oval Key Chain Pattern Maker. Create Oval key chain patterns in seconds.
Download Version .9a
Please consider a $5 donation for The Oval Key Chain Pattern Maker.

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T-Shirts and More.
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Papa's Custom Patterns.

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

Think Safety

Remember to keep the safety of yourself and others in your work shop in your thoughts at all times. Always wear eye and ear protection. Follow all the manufactures warnings that came with your power tools. If I demonstrate something on this web site that you don't feel is safe, don't do it. Your safety is your responsibility. Fingers are handy things, try to keep all of them.