Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Candle Sconce Scroll Saw Pattern.

I used a small tray to hold the candle on this sconce. You could substitute a wooden candle holder or just use a glass candle dish. The shelf is 2.5 inches in diameter so any thing that fits will work. All the parts are cut from 1/2" thick wood. Directions for hanging the sconce are included in the pattern.

While I was sitting at the saw tonight in my workshop a question came to my mind. Of all the different woodworking niches why did I choose the scroll saw? I have been woodworking for something like 30 years. I have made furniture, rocking horses, baby cradles. I have turned bowls, pens and made firewood on the lathe. I have spent some time with pyrography. I have taken my turn at woodcarving. I enjoyed all these different crafts but I have always come back to the scroll saw. Why?

For the last three plus years I have spent almost 100% of my time in the shop with the scroll saw. I don't think I have even turned my lathe on for at least two years. What is it about the scroll saw that keeps me interested and not burned out?

At the risk of hurting myself by thinking too much here is how I answered my question. The scroll saw is the perfect tool for the creative tinkerer. I don't consider myself a craftsman or artist. I'm a tinkerer. I love to go to the shop and just play with ideas. With a scroll saw I can have an idea and turn it into a finished piece the same day. Sometimes even the same hour. I love this instant gratification. From the time I sat down at the computer until I had today's project designed, cut, finished and photographed took me about three hours. It may not be a period replica of a Queen Anne style Highboy but I had fun making it so that's good enough for me.

The materials required for making scroll saw projects are relatively inexpensive. When I was making furniture I would spend two months of my hobby budget just buying the wood to make a desk. With the scroll saw I can often make a project with scraps in my wood bin. I'm not poor but I am cheap so this suits me just fine.

For me it just comes down to the fact that the scroll saw is a very accessible tool. It's easy to use and relatively inexpensive to operate. Many of the projects are fun to make and most people seem to enjoy what I make. It fits my personality and life style perfectly.

Never leave a burning candle unattended.
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