Saturday, December 31, 2011
Posted by Steve Good at 2:02:00 AM
Thursday, December 29, 2011
The initial patterns in this book can be made into a necklace, broach or purse tag. I used 1/8" contrasting woods for this necklace. It might be a little large for a necklace so just reduce the size as much as you like and think you can still cut.
Posted by Steve Good at 1:56:00 AM
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
I am a believer that everyone needs a hobby. We live in such a hectic world and the stress just builds and builds. The economy, work, family events and even holidays can all add to the stress. There is just nothing better than being able to get lost in something you are passionate about. For that period of time the stress just goes away and your body and mind can recover.
Those of you who come to my blog understand exactly what I am talking about. Most of you scroll for just that reason. I don't know if it will make me live longer or keep me healthier but I know one thing, I'm happy when I'm in my shop.
If you have the opportunity to help someone get started in the hobby of scrolling take the time for that person. Show them just how rewarding making something with your hands can be. Pass on the passion you have. If they show real interest mentor them. You just might be giving them the gift of happiness.
Posted by Steve Good at 12:29:00 AM
Friday, December 23, 2011
I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas. I will be taking a couple days off from blogging and just focus on my family for the weekend. Thank you all for making 2011 a very special year for me. The Blog has continued to grow and I have made many new friends. Everyone be safe in your travels. I hope Santa brings you all happiness and health. Enjoy.
Posted by Steve Good at 12:47:00 AM
Thursday, December 22, 2011
This plaque and Christmas ornament honor the mothers who have lost a son or daughter while serving our country in the military.
In 1928 a small group of mothers met in Washing DC to establish the organization called the Gold Star Mothers Inc. The organization was named after the gold star that families hung in their window in honor of the deceased veteran.
The sacrifice of these mothers and the sorrow in their heart is something only they can truly know. I received an email from a gold star mother asking me to put together a pattern she could cut for herself and to give to other gold star mothers. She had lost her son in Afghanistan and she mentioned how difficult this time of year is for her and her family. She misses her son. There are so many mothers who are missing their son and daughter right now. If I could make one wish for Christmas this year it would be that there was never another mother who became a Gold Star mother.
God bless all the Gold Star mothers and their families.
Posted by Steve Good at 12:31:00 AM
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
This is just a heads up on a good deal I read about today. In my local Woodcraft store ad they had the Delta 20 inch scroll saw on sale for $349. This price may not be available at all Woodcraft stores. The Delta is a re-branded DeWalt scroll saw and at that price is a very attractive deal. If you are looking to purchase a new saw for Christmas this would be worth checking out.
I don't think all Woodcraft stores send out the same local ads so make sure you check before you make the drive.
Posted by Steve Good at 8:16:00 AM
I received an email from Mike a couple days ago telling me he liked to reduce the military plaques so they could be hung from more places. It sounded like a nice project so I asked him if he could send me pictures.
Today I received the pictures and wanted to share them with you all. I think they turned out great. At this size you could even use them as Christmas ornaments. Both of the plaques in the pictures are the ones celebrating the mothers of a soldier. Any of the plaques could be completed the same way.
This might make the cutting a little more difficult but Mike suggested taking your time and they will come out fine. He reduced the pattern to 55% so he could still cut all the detail. He used nice contrasting 1/8" thick woods.
Thanks for the pictures Mike.
Posted by Steve Good at 12:03:00 AM
Sunday, December 18, 2011
I mentioned yesterday that a few readers here were using my patterns to make scrap-booking paper cuttings using the paper die-cut machines. I had several emails asking about the machines and what software was used to make or convert the patterns. I recently had an email from someone giving me some info but I lost it. Could one of you scrap-booking gurus email me with the best machine and software available for this craft. If you know of a good scrap-booking forum where the topic of die-cutting is discussed that would be good info also.
Posted by Steve Good at 1:17:00 AM
Saturday, December 17, 2011
Add a special hand made touch to your gift wrapping this season. You can stack cut several of these at a time from 1/8" stock. The DecoColor paint pens write on wood very well. They can be purchased in several colors. I personally like the liquid gold color because it looks great on wood.
I am getting more and more laser cutting and engraving folks here on the blog. These would make a great laser project. You could cut the tag and engrave the name for a very nice project.
While I'm at it I want to welcome all the paper cutting and scrap-booking folks. I'm still not too familiar with your stencil cutting machines but I understand you can use my patterns with them also. I guess these tags cut in heavy weight paper would work well also.
Posted by Steve Good at 5:57:00 AM
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Some time ago I designed a set of patterns honoring the veterans of the different branches of our military. One of my readers has made several of these plates and given them to honor their service. He made a great suggestion to me today that I should redesign them to honor the mothers and fathers of our active soldiers. Too good of an idea to pass up so here they are.
These plates are 8 inches in diameter. They are large enough to be hung on the wall or displayed in a plate easel. There are 10 patterns included. Two for each branch of service.
The last week we have seen many of the troops returning home from Iraq. The pictures of the family greeting the soldiers are heart warming. The relief and pride in the family members eyes is impossible to miss.
Sometime in the near future I will add patterns for the wife and other family members to complete the collection.
Posted by Steve Good at 12:30:00 AM
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Posted by Steve Good at 1:10:00 AM
Sunday, December 11, 2011
It's been a long week on the road and I'm glad to be home. I had to be out of town last week for business. I spent four days in a hotel room with terrible Internet connection. For a geek like me that's like a duck out of water.
The trip put me way behind on everything here on the blog. Please be patient with me while get all the e-mail caught up. I'll do my best to get to as many as I can. If you're waiting on custom Christmas ornaments I'll be working all day today trying to get out as many orders as possible.
Posted by Steve Good at 5:36:00 AM
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Today I want to pass on a free pattern from artist Sue Mey and give you the opportunity to take advantage of her December special. For those of you who may be new to my blog let me introduce you to Sue. She is an artist from South Africa who uses her artistic gift to make scroll saw patterns. Sue is one prolific pattern designer. She has enough patterns available to keep you busy for a lifetime of scrolling. Sues' patterns have been published many times in magazines so don't be surprised if you reconize her work when you visit her site Scrollsawartist.com.
Today she has offered a free pattern and a great savings special from her web site. Take a minute to read the following note from Sue then jump over to her web site and take advantage of this great offer from a special and talented lady.
A note from Sue Mey.
I have added a pattern for the Holiday Season that can be downloaded free from the link below. The pattern is a Christmas bell with holly and wording, as shown above.
Also make sure you visit the Christmas section for a wide variety of ornament sets, trees, table centrepieces and much more.
Special Offer until the end of December: Purchase any four regular-priced patterns from my website and receive another pattern of similar value free –a 25% discount!
To make use of the offer, state Special Offer and the product code of your chosen pattern(s) in the comments line of the order form and it will be sent to your email address.
Posted by Steve Good at 10:46:00 PM
Saturday, December 3, 2011
This Chinese dragon sculpture stands 10 inches tall and is 7 inches wide. I want to thank Jose Lobos from deviantART for the dragon stencil. It will make a beautiful scroll saw pattern.
Many of you know that I purchased an Excalibur scroll saw this year. I have absolutely enjoyed the craftsmanship and quality that is built into that saw. I'll admit that is does come at a price but if you can stretch your budget a little you won't be sorry.
Here is a chance to save a little money on this fantastic saw and purchase it from a company that has done a lot for the hobby and their customers. Ray Seymore is the President of Seyco.com. If you have followed the hobby for a while you have probably already heard about his reputation for great service. When I decided to switch from my old trusty DeWalt to the Excalibur I called Ray. I could have purchased it locally but I wanted to support a man who cares about our hobby and I knew would deliver the service if I needed it.
If you are looking to buy yourself a Christmas gift that will keep on giving consider the Excalibur scroll saw from Seyco.com.
For the month of December Ray is offering FREE shipping on all Excalibur scroll saws purchased online. These thing are built like a tank and heavy. Shipping is expensive so why not take advantage of this offer and save some cash.
Just to be upfront I received no compensation of any kind for this write up. I heard about the saving from another well know pattern artist and wanted to pass it on.
The following three part review of the Excalibur was done a few days after I received the saw. The comments in the review are still pretty much my feeling about the saw. If anything I am even more positive about the quality. If you are interested in purchasing the Excalibur take a look at the videos and it might help you decide.
Posted by Steve Good at 10:17:00 PM
Friday, December 2, 2011
Posted by Steve Good at 1:29:00 AM
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Sheila has been hard at work on her website. She wanted me to let all of you know that she has another free pattern for your cutting pleasure. This self framing cardinal plaque is part of her seasonal songbird set.
As usual she gives complete instructions to finish the project. This is a can't miss download.
A couple of notes Sheila passed along are that if you sign up for her mailing list you will receive occasional special offers. You don't want to miss any thing she offers anyway so go sign up now. Just look for the "Mailing List" menu at the top of her main web page.
I am a big believer that Christmas ornaments are one of the pattern types you can never have too many of. The month of December Sheila has all her ornaments on sale. Christmas ornaments are fast projects that make perfect gifts when you need that little something extra. Sheila has some of the most beautiful ornaments you will find anywhere. Don't miss this offer. Even if you you don't have time to cut them for this Christmas have them ready for next year.
Many thanks Sheila. Have a very Merry Christmas.
Posted by Steve Good at 12:13:00 AM
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