ScrollSaw Information and Resources #2: Dirk Boelman

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Blog entry by jerrells posted 01-20-2011 02:55 AM 1906 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After a little reading I have run across the name of Dirk Boelman, “proably the most talented and productive designer and developer of fretwork patterns today”. You can do a Google search and find lots of information about him or go the The Art Factory web site and see (or purchase) his patterns. as I continue to research and resource the area of Victorian Fretwork it seems that there is a lot in good information out there.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 01-20-2011 02:59 AM

Besides being talented, Dirk and Karen are two of the nicest people you will ever meet. For the past several years, they have hosted the Midwestern Scroll Saw Picnic in Richland Center, Wisconsin in August. I know them personally and they are friendly, wonderful people who have dedicated themselves to woodworking and scrollsawing. I just love them both!

:) Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 01-20-2011 06:23 PM

And if you really get into scrolling, if you order many patterns from places like Cherry Tree, Wooden Teddy Bear, or Wildwood Designs, pay attention to the wording in the corners of the patterns, where it tells who designed the pattern. Dirk’s name will become a household name to you. I love doing clocks. If you take away the designs that were drawn over a century ago, more clocks out there are designed by Dirk Boelman than just about any other designer out there, in my opinion.
If you’re interested in talented Designers who are still contributing so much to scrolling, there’s also Patrick Speilman, Sue Mey, Steve Goode, Judy Gale Roberts, and OF COURSE, our own Sheila Landry.
Oh, and by the way, all of them are great people and are always willing to help when they can. From what I have learned, scrollers are some of the most helpful people you will ever meet.

Please do not for any reason interpet my omission of any names from this designer list as an opinion of their work. These were just the ones right off the top of my head, and my head (or the brain within it) doesn’t work as good as it used to.*


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#3 posted 01-20-2011 06:34 PM

Thanks William and others. I have had all the names you referenced except for Judy. I did a quick Google search and see that I have looked at some Web sites that reference her work. YES!! – those you speak of and lots of others have been very helopful. I feel that this will be my major hobby for a long time to come.

I know , at time passes, I will learn more, and have a larger reference library. However currently I have more that I will most likely complete in this lifetime.

Thanks to all for comments and suggestions.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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Steve Good

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#4 posted 01-21-2011 04:36 AM

When it comes to classic Victorian fretwork Dirk simply has no peers. His work stands in a league of it’s own. Of course you can make the same statement about Judy Gale Roberts but they are totally different artists. If you were to create a scroll saw hall of fame three of the first inductees would be Patrick Spielman, Judy Gale Roberts and Dirk Boelman.

-- Steve Good,

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