Thursday, February 25, 2021

Horse and Cowboy Scroll Saw Pattern.

Click to Enlarge
Download the Pattern Below

This western art piece is ~ 13" X 10". There are two layers. The second layer is a backer board. As always, the backer board is optional. You could just as easily glue up a 3/4" thick board and cut the pattern from it. 

I painted the backer board blue to add some contrast. I wanted to use black but my paint supply is running low. Blue turned out okay. I don't use paint or stain very often. I prefer a natural finish. In this case, it needed more contrast so I went with paint. I am not a fan of how Baltic birch plywood stains so I avoid it. 

I know that many of you purchase the 12" X 12" X 1/4" sheets of Baltic birch plywood from Amazon.
Even though this pattern is 13" wide it will fit and a 12" X 12" sheet. You just need to angle the pattern on the board.
Click to Enlarge

To hang this piece on the wall you need to find the center of gravity that keeps the cowboy horizontal. It is approximately where the red dot is in this illustration. Install your hanger at that point. A short length of hanging wire across that point will give you some wiggle room to keep the piece straight while hanging on the wall. 

What is Intarsia? Judy Gale Roberts Studio.

It has been fantastic the number of new scrollers I have heard from this year. I don't have numbers to back it up but I believe we have seen a surge of interest in the hobby. I'm sure the lockdown has something to do with it but growth is good.

A new scroller emailed me today with questions about intarsia. I'm not the best person to ask because I am not a skilled intarsia artist but I'll give you a definition then send you to the expert in the field.

To put it simply, intarsia is the art of cutting different species/colors of wood and assembling them to make a picture. The wood is generally contour sanded to give depth. In advanced intarsia, the color and grain direction of the wood is used to help enhance the 3d look of the piece.

If this sounds interesting to you then here is where you need to go next. Judy Gale Roberts is a master-level intarsia artist, pattern designer, teacher, and nice lady. Her work is awe-inspiring and even if you are not interested in taking up intarsia you should visit her web page.

Spend some time looking at the patterns she has for sale and you just might get hooked. She also has some free patterns available to help you try out the hobby before you jump in with both feet. The nurse teddy above is one of her free patterns. 

I know that looking at Judy's work makes intarsia look difficult. At her level it does require a good deal of skill. The good news is that even beginners can get good results with just a little patience. Judy has patterns available for every skill level.

Make sure you look at the Books and DVDs section. Intarsia is one area where a little instructions goes a long way.

Judy Gale Roberts Studio

The above is not an ad. I am not affiliated with Judy Gale Roberts Studio. We are friends and I am confident that sending you to her is the best recommendation I can give.

$12 per sheet of 12 coins plus $3.50 shipping
Inlay with a 1" Forstner Bit.
The perfect way to sign your work.

- -

Email Newsletter Readers: Remember that the Newsletter is just a copy of the daily blog post. To see the post in its proper formatting click this link. If you ever misplace a pattern or any item you see here you can always find it on the blog. Everything stays on the blog forever. 

Products for your consideration:

Every Scrollsaw Workshop Pattern from 2007-2020 on DVD

Purchase the entire Scrollsaw Workshop pattern catalog for offline access.

This DVD has over 3,310 patterns published from 2007 thru 2020.
The DVD is $20 plus shipping. Ships to 60 countries around the world.
If you use the DVD on a Windows PC there is a simple viewer program to browse through the patterns.

The DVD also works fine on a MAC. The viewer program is not MAC compatible but there is an included PDF with all the patterns shown as thumbnails for easy viewing.

Now Available on USB Thumb Drive

Don't have a DVD drive on your new computer. No problem. Buy the catalog on a USB thumb drive.
All the same file but in an easy to use thumb drive. The USB thumb drive option is $23 plus shipping.

Unique Wooden Vases:
Want to create beautiful wooden vases on the scroll saw?
My two "Wooden Vases on the Scroll Saw" books make it easy.

The books are $12 each and available for instant download after purchase. Click for Video Demonstration.

The Scrollsaw Workshop is primarily supported by donations. If you enjoy this Blog and would like to make a donation please click this Button. Your support is greatly appreciated.

My Sponsors:
Support the businesses that support our community.
Home of Pegas scroll saw blades.

for you scroll saw ready boards.

Seyco features the Seyco ST-21 scroll saw
Make sure you check out the Seyco Scrollers Drill

Ad Affiliate:

This is the most used accessory in my shop. It's not cheap but it is so much easier than using my compressor.

  • Bonus! Includes 3 DataVac filters - Model # MVC-49ED! PLUS 5 YEAR EXCLUSIVE MFR MOTOR WARRANTY & 1 Year Parts & Labor. ! MADE IN THE USA! This unit is a blower/duster - not a vacuum.
  • THIS IS NOT A VACUUM - The MetroVac DataVac Electric Duster is a compact yet unbelievably powerful computer and equipment duster.The DataVac Electric Duster is modeled to blast dust, dirt and debris off of your expensive tech equipment.
  • This multipurpose electric duster features a 500-Watt motor that is ideal for keeping keyboards, computers and other technological equipment clean.
  • The DataVac Electric Duster is unlike traditional canned air blowers because it features greener power that is more eco-friendly than alternate options on the market.
  • The MetroVac DataVac Electric Duster is available at 120 volts and comes with a 12-foot conductor cord, air-pin pointer and concentrator nozzle, air-flare nozzle and a four-piece detailing tool kit

This is the end of the daily posts. Keep scrolling for lot's more scrolls saw fun!
Bear Woods has been around since 1987 serving our hobby. They offer a wide range of craft products including Pegas scroll saw blades, clock inserts, toy parts, workshop supplies and much more. In my ten years of writing the Scrollsaw Workshop blog I have never received a complaint about Bear Woods. I get thousands of email a month so that's saying something about their customer service and quality products. Please support the people who support our hobby. Click now and visit Bear Woods.

Heritage Wood Specialties. Scroll saw ready boards!

Heritage Wood Specialties is a nationally recognized supplier of superior quality hardwoods to fine woodworkers across the US and Canada. Novice hobbyists and experienced enthusiasts alike can enjoy the high quality woodworking materials and kits available from Heritage Wood Specialties. Great source for scroll saw ready boards.

Seyco began business in 1986 with the goal to supply the best customer support and quality products in the scroll saw industry. I have worked with Seyco on many occasions and I can tell you they are simply the best. Please do yourself a favor and click the