Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Astronaut Acrobats from Toymaker Press.

I have talked about Toymaker Press before but I'm going to again. I love this site. I admit that I am a great big kid at heart. I like toys. I especially like wooden toys. John and Cynthia over at Toymaker Press are two of the most creative toy designers I have ever come across. When you visit their web page you are swept back to a time when toys were simple, imaginations were required and no batteries were needed.

They are constantly coming up with new ideas. The video below shows Cynthia demonstrating their free download called Astronaut Acrobats. She also shows how to package and label the product to sell at craft shows. Watch the video then jump over to their web site and download the free pattern. While you are there do yourself a favor and look at the collection of books. There are some great Christmas gifts to be made from their patterns.



Question:
Do you have trouble watching the videos embedded in the email newsletter? If so could you give me some feed back of the trouble. I want to make sure as many people as possible are able to watch the videos. I know there are some who have slow internet connections or capped bandwidth and make watching online videos difficult or impossible. What are the other issues you have. You don't have to get technical. Just drop me a quick email if you have time. Thanks for your help.



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

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Five Simple Christmas Ornament Scroll Saw Patterns.

Sometimes simple is better. These five scroll saw ornaments are simple to cut and lend themselves to stack cutting. If you cut all five and package them in a small gift box they will make a nice quick and easy gift.

A nice touch is to use one of the DecoColor Liquid Gold paint markers to sign the back of the ornaments. I buy the Extra Fine marker. It adds an eloquent touch to a simple project. I buy mine at Michael's Craft store but they are available online also. Here is one online source. Uchida.com. They come in gold and silver and work great on wood. I usually just write "Christmas 2011" with my initials.



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, November 27, 2011

Dave Van Ess and Scrollmania.com

Would you like to design patterns to create bowls and vases like those in these pictures? Dave Van Ess has designed a website that has the tools you need to do just that. In the video below I will take you to scrollmania.com and briefly demonstrate how to use the tools.

Take a few minutes to watch the video below then in a later video we will take the pattern created and go in the shop to build the project. In the mean time visit the scrollmania.com and read the tutorials. It might seem complicated at first but if you take some time reading the tutorials you can figure it out.

Thanks Dave for taking the time and effort to build such a useful set of tools.

Swag Bowl pattern by Carole Rothman.

Another beautiful bowl by Carole Rothman.





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

Saturday, November 26, 2011