Monday, September 30, 2013

Custom Name Christmas Ornament Patterns.

It's time for me to start making Custom Name Christmas Ornaments Patterns again. The holiday season is fast approaching so get your orders in soon. These ornaments will be cherished for years to come. Family, friends or customers will love these beautiful ornaments. The price for these patterns is intentionally kept low so you can take orders from customers and still make a nice profit.

The patterns are the same price this year as last. $1 per name with a 5 name minimum order. I have a selection of three different ornaments for you to choose from. You will also be able to choose to have the year on the ornament if you wish. The patterns are designed to reduce the number of interior cuts making them faster to cut this year.

You will only pay after you receive the pattern book in your email. You only pay if you are satisfied with the patterns. You will be given a link to pay with your credit card securely through Paypal. If you are not comfortable paying online there will be an address given to send cash or check.

The order form is linked below as well as on the top of the main blog page.


 This year I went into the shop and videoed a custom ornament being cut from start to finish. I have had several requests to show more cutting on the scroll saw. This seemed like a good opportunity to make a longer video. It's not by any means required viewing to be able to finish the ornaments. I just wanted everyone who like to watch the process to have a chance to see it from start to finish.

If you have a few minutes watch the following video and it will give you a good idea of how to make the Custom Name Christmas Ornaments.

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Bily Brother Clocks

I was reading a post in our Community Forum that mentioned the Bily Brothers.They were farmers who lived in Iowa from the late 1800's to the 1960's. Frank and Joseph spent the long and cold Iowa winters making incredible clocks with a few hand tools and a home made scroll saw. The scroll saw was a converted sewing machine.

The clocks were not made for sale but their sister would charge a dime for visitors to tour the collection. After their death the collection was donated to the town of Spillville, Iowa where they remain today in a small museum. The Bily Clocks Museum web page.

The two videos below with give you a nice background of the brother and their incredible talent.

Christmas Word Ornament Scroll Saw Patterns.

If you plan to do an arts and craft show this holiday season let me make a recommendation. Take a nice selection of Christmas ornaments with you. These things are almost guaranteed to sell. You want to keep production costs down and production rate high. The number one way to accomplish this is stack cutting two or three ornaments at a time. It's also a good idea to use a few species of woods to vary the color of the ornaments.  You can cut them from 1/8" thick or 1/4" thick woods. It's easier to stack cut more of the 1/8" but I personally like the look of 1/4" thick ornaments. 

Display them at the show like jewelry. Have a nice display. Display only one of each ornament and label them as hand cut Christmas ornaments, sure to become a family heirloom that will be passed down through the generations.  I like to include a sheet of paper with each ornament telling the species of wood along with a couple of facts about you as an artist. Make sure to include you telephone number or email address for extra orders. If your buyer goes home an shows a friend it's very possible you will get a few word of mouth orders.

This pattern book has 12 different Christmas word ornaments. I also have many more in my catalog.


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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Baby Jesus Wall Hanging Scroll Saw Pattern.


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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Zombie Response Team Sign Scroll Saw Pattern.

It's not too early to start your zombie response team before Halloween. Zombies will be on the prowl looking for the living. This sign will let them know you are prepared to make the living dead, dead.
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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Super Simple Picture Resizer for the Scrollsaw Workshop Community Forum Gallery.



This will primarily be of interest to those of you who are members of the Community Forum on my blog. For those who are not familiar with the forum let me introduce you to it. The forum is a place where scrollers from all over the world can meet and discuss our favorite hobby. There are currently over 4000 members and it stays pretty active. If you are not a member check it out.You will find the link to the forum in the left column of the blog.

One feature of the forum is a photo gallery. This lets members upload their favorite projects for show and tell. To save space on the server the photos have to be less than 640 pixels on their longest side. Pictures saved from a digital camera are much larger and have to be re-sized before they can be uploaded. This can be tricky for those who are not familiar with graphics programs. Several people have ask me to help them with this process.

I wanted to give you a tool to make this as simple as possible. I call it PixSize. It has one button. I don't think it can get much simpler. When you click that one button it will let you select a picture to re-size. That picture will then be re-sized to the dimension in the box. It will automatically be saved in the same directory as the original. The file name will have _thumb appended to the new file. It can then be uploaded to the gallery.

If this sounds confusing watch the video below. It shows what you need to know.  





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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Early Bird Scroll Saw Pattern.


 Early Bird Scroll Saw Pattern. Download below.

I have not mentioned the Scroll Saw Stencil Printer program in a while. For those of you who are new to my blog this program allows you to make your own patterns. It is used for desk name plates, key fobs and small signs. The video below will give you the information you need to use the program. It is Windows only. Sorry Mac users but I don't a desktop program for you. I do have an online program that has a subset of the features. It is Windows and Mac compatible. Here is the LINK to the online program.
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