Thursday, January 29, 2009

Del's Amazing Wooden Machine

If you have followed my blog for any time you know I have a fascination with mechanical objects. This amazing video from YouTube shows a machine designed and built by a talented woodworker named Del. This intricate hand-cranked machine is made entirely of wood. No metal fasteners or other materials were used in the construction.

This sculpture is a masterpiece in my book. Several comments on YouTube ask "what use is it". I say it provides one of the most valuable uses of all. The piece inspires imagination and displays beauty. To me that is the definition of true art. To top it off the sound it makes is very cool.

I'm not sure how much if any scroll saw work went into this project but I wanted to post the video anyway because it is so amazing.



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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Compound cutting with Dick Sader

This three part video demonstration was produced by Carl Mills and Dick Sader. They are members of the Northwest Indiana Woodworkers Association. You can visit the associations web site at http://www.niwoodworkers.org. Dick discusses compound ornament cutting. He provides many useful tips. Thanks Carl and Dick for allowing me to share your video with my readers.


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I Love My Valentine

It's a cold icy night here in central Kentucky. The street in front of my house has an inch or two of ice. It's still coming down and it looks like a rough morning. The branches of all the trees have a 1/4" coating of ice. It's pretty but the last time this happened we were without power for 5 days.

I thought I should work on another Valentines Day pattern. Holidays are made for scrollers. If you sell your work in craft shops or consignment stores you need to stay current. Always be ready for holiday buyers. Most craft purchases are impulse buys so be ready.

This simple pattern reminds me of elementary school when we all exchanged valentine cards. All us boys hated that day. Little did we know that in just a few short years the girls we tried so hard to avoid would be the center of our universe.



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Monday, January 26, 2009

Server issues causing patterns not to download.


My hosting service is having server issues today. Until they get it resolved the patterns on my blog will not be available. I just talked to them and they said it should be up soon. Thanks for your patience. 1-26-09 11:00 PM Eastern time.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Layered Golf Scroll Saw Pattern

Here is one for all of you with golfers in the family. These layered pictures have a nice 3d effect. If you can use different species of wood for each layer it add an heirloom quality to the piece.




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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Praying Hands Scroll Saw Pattern


I hope everyone is having a great weekend. I am trying to spend time in the shop today. It seems like I spend more time cleaning the workshop than actually getting any work done. I am always amazed how fast the dust collector fills up. I primarily use the dust collection on the table saw, planer and jointer. It does not take a lot of planing to fill the bag up.

Here is a pattern of praying hands. I had a request for this pattern. They are going to use the hands as a centerpiece at a reception. There is quite a bit of veining work in this pattern. Take your time when you are backing the blade out of a deep vein. If you twist too much you might break the project.



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Friday, January 23, 2009

#1 Trophy Scroll Saw Pattern

There are 30 trophy patterns in this book. I also left one blank so you can design you own.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

United States Navy Emblem Scroll Saw Pattern

Here is another military emblem. This one salutes the United States Navy. I have received a bunch of requests for these emblems. I hope you enjoy them. I'll works on more later.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

United States Army Emblem


The U.S. Army is the oldest and largest branch of armed services in the United States. The men and women of the U.S. Army provide support and capabilities for the defense of our country. It's easy to think of these people as soldiers but remember they are our sons and daughter, family and friends. Every "casualty" you read about in the paper or see on the television was not just a number, it was a loved one who will be grieved for and missed. Some family will have their lives shattered. Some child will grow up without a father or mother. We see so much coverage in the media that we can become numb to the the loss.

You don't have to agree with the leaders that send these young people off to do their duty. You don't have to agree with the reasons they are put in harms way. In this United States you don't have to serve in the military. As moral caring people that enjoy the sacrifices of the freedom and prosperity that so many have died to protect I say you do have to support the individuals that give their time voluntarily to do what has to be done.

The next time you are out and see a soldier take a minute to shake his or her hand and say thank you. If you have the resources donate to one of the many help groups like Operation AC.

This pattern is for all the soldiers in the U.S. Army. Thank you for you sacrifice. I salute you.




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