Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The story is true but the names have been changed to protect the innocent.



You have to love the creativity of the scrolling community. I received this picture form Jim. His girlfriend was giving him a hard time about his old ripped and torn jeans. She wanted them gone! The horror! You know losing a pair of jeans that you have finally broke in, is like losing your best friend. It doesn't rise to the level of blowing out your best Converse Chuck Taylors that you bought in 1977 but it's bad. It's a guy thing that most women just can't comprehend. So faced with this unthinkable loss Jim jumped to action with a pair of rusty scissors he found in his tackle box.

A great idea was born from Jim's desperation. Levi Hang Up's. Secure the pockets to the wall of your shop with a few small screws and you have a place to store all those tools you keep losing. But wait, there's more! For a limited time you also get the memories of all those fishing trips, barbecues and softball games where your Levis kept you comfy, warm and oh so manly

You know that prized Craftsman screw driver your dad gave you when you turned twenty one? The one that has the lifetime warranty so you hate to throw it out even though you mostly just use it to open paint cans. Guess what? It fits perfectly in the Levi Coin Pocket Hang Up. You heard me right. From one pair of Levis you get four full size Levi Hang Up's and Two Levi mini Hang Ups for the low price of nada. For those of you living outside the city of New York that means free.

Thanks Jim for the great tip. I suggest you buy the domain name www.levihangups.com before it's too late.


The Scrollsaw Workshop is primarily supported by donations. If you enjoy this Blog and would like to make a donation please click this link. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Make A Donation

Monday, March 30, 2009

Bob Calhoun. Self Portrait.

Click so see enlarged view


I had to share this intarsia portrait with you guys. Bob has been a reader of my blog for a long time. He lives in Australia and is one of the most talented craftsman I have ever seen. I say craftsman because his skill is much more than just woodworking. He has that unique gift of being able to build just about anything he sets his mind to. Just ask the other scrollers in the clubs he attends. They will tell you how often Bob comes up with something new and amazing.

Bob decided to make a couple intarsia portraits so he set down with Corel Draw and designed this pattern. He does not have a lot of experience with Draw but you could not prove it from this work. Make sure you click to enlarge the picture to see the detail.

The body is Black wood. The beard is paper bark. The face is wild cherry. The eyebrows and pupils are marboo. The whites of the eyes are poplar. The hat is blackwood. The background is poplar and the frame is blackwood. Bob finished the portrait with water based lacquer.

Bob estimate he spent about a week and a half of long days to complete the project.

The thing I like so much about this project is not the fact that the likeness is so remarkable but the fact that it shows the character and spirit of the man. You look at the portrait and you feel you have met Bob someplace. Thanks for sharing with us Bob. As usual I am humbled by your work.

The Scrollsaw Workshop is primarily supported by donations. If you enjoy this Blog and would like to make a donation please click this link. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Make A Donation

Basket Weave Scroll Saw Pattern

This small basket is a fun and quick project. I have seen this type of basket sold in the Artique store for $50. I used the weave technique for this pattern. It is a pretty effective illusion of a weave. I suggest that you stack cut the weave to speed the project up.

We have a winner. Roger form Saltspring Island was the first to submit a picture of the dragon vase pattern with 8 sides. A few days ago I put out a challenge for a $20 Amazon gift certificate for the first picture of my Dragon vase pattern with 8 sides. It did not take Roger long to complete the challenge. Congratulations and enjoy the certificate.





The Scrollsaw Workshop is primarily supported by donations. If you enjoy this Blog and would like to make a donation please click this link. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Make A Donation

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Round Tuit


Ladies, how many times have you heard your husband say "When I get around to it."? Well the next time be prepared with this official Round Tuit. Upon receipt of this legally binding medallion your husband is obligated by penalty of law to complete said task immediately. Failure to discharge the duties in the prescribed time may result in legal action including fine, imprisonment and/or a trip to the mall.

this is another project to help clear out that scrap wood bin. Stack cut this project and have a supply on hand for husbands, children, contractors and work mates.



The Scrollsaw Workshop is primarily supported by donations. If you enjoy this Blog and would like to make a donation please click this link. Your support is greatly appreciated.
Make A Donation

Friday, March 27, 2009

Catalog Update. Over 320 FREE patterns

I updated the free pattern catalog tonight. I added the last 42 free patterns to the page. If you have visited the catalog page before make sure you refresh the page to ensure you are seeing the latest update. Click this image to go the the catalog. If your connection is slow it will take a while to load. Be patient.