Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Let's get started. CorelDRAW for scroll saw pattern design.

I received dozens of emails about the CorelDRAW demonstration I did a few days ago. It was loud and clear that many of you want to design your own pattern. You told me that you either already have CorelDRAW or want to purchase it. If you are in this group I will be doing a series of tutorials showing you how to get started. I will be starting with the basics and quickly move into actual pattern design.

This video is a little long and is a introduction about why you would want to design patterns and why you might choose CorelDRAW as your application of choice. I recommend you click on the full screen button to be able to see the details.

Please provide feedback on how I'm doing as we go through the different tutorials. Send your questions. It's unlikely I will be able to answer your questions directly but I will compile them and try to include them in the tutorials.





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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sheila Landry Designs Shamrock Pendant Sample Pattern.

Sheila has offered my readers a sample of 1 of a set of 15 Shamrock pendant/ornament patterns. Download and cut this free sample then jump over to Sheila Landry Designs and buy the complete set. This is a perfect pattern for stack cutting so maximize your cutting time and make several.

For those of you who are new to my blog let me once again introduce Sheila Landry. It's actually a pretty simple introduction. She is one of the finest scroll saw pattern designers in the world. Her artistic style is captured in all of her patterns in an eloquent and still simple design. Her patterns are within the reach of even the inexperienced scroller. If you are looking for patterns with the wow factor do yourself a favor and download her catalog.

Here is another tip. While you are at it spend some time reading her blog. Sheila blogs about her experiences as a professional pattern designer. It's a fascinating read and you will quickly understand why she is so good. She works long hard days to make herself good at what she does.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Kentucky Spring Scroll Saw Pattern.

When you do portrait style patterns you can use different types of background paper or glass for different effects. In the Kentucky Spring pattern above I used stained glass sheets and black paper. If you try the stained glass sheets you will need a deep frame to hold both the glass and the cutting. This might mean making your own frame.


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Sunday, February 26, 2012

God bless America. May she shine.


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Friday, February 24, 2012

Let's Play in the Dirt.


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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Boot Scootin Scroll Saw Pattern.

I received a ton of email today about the CorelDRAW demo yesterday. More than I expected. I'm thrilled that so many of you want to design your own patterns. I will do more detailed tutorials on the program in the near future. I have to decide at what entry point to start the training. It's probably not feasible to begin with the absolute basics like installing the program. I will try to do the tutorials from the stand point of what we need to know as patterns makers. Thanks for all the feedback. I'll get started working on the tutorials this weekend.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

CorelDRAW Demonstration for scroll saw pattern design.

I receive a lot of email asking about designing patterns for the scroll saw. The most common are which software I use and how hard is it. The answer is that I use CorelDRAW and it's actually not that difficult. It's true that there is a learning curve but like anything else it just takes some effort and time.

The good news is that as pattern designers we only need to learn a small part of what CorelDRAW has to offer. We need to be able to draw basic shapes, manipulate text and trace or draw graphics for the pattern. Then we need to be able to size and edit the graphics. There is not much more to it than that.

In this video demonstration below I'll take you through the process of designing a complete pattern. This is not a tutorial. This is just to peak your interest and show you how simple it can be.

Watch the video and let me know if you would like to see more actual tutorials. If the interest is there I'll do more. If not at least you can see how I do what I do.



This is the pattern created in the video demonstration.




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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Tropical Fish Bowl Scroll Saw Pattern.


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Saturday, February 18, 2012

Delta PEC in Anderson, SC

This post moves away from my typical scroll saw only information but I think it's worth time. The Delta UniSaw table saw has long been considered one of the best made. I am always browsing YouTube for woodworking videos and came across this one presented by Woodcraft.

In 2011 Delta moved their assembly plant to Anderson, SC. This video shows the new plant and the assembly process of the UniSaw. The video is so well done that I though some of you may enjoy seeing it also.