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ScrollSaw Information and Resources #44: I Love Detailed Fretwork - BUT !!

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I love to do detailed fretwork. The more detailed the better. However that don’t, or is not, paying the bills. Sales of those products at the price I charge, which is getting lower and lower, Just does not seem to be worth the time.

Therefore for the first part of the year I am turning to toys. Not the I really like doing them or that they are any more worth the time and effort. All the painting that needs to be done are a pain in the backside.

I am or have been in three different craft stores/malls and the sales seem to be the same at each. The detailed fretwork, even at any reasonable price just does not move very fast or at all. So my love of the scrollsaw is going to take a back seat.

Toys are what I am going to try for the next several months and I will report back – hopefully with better news.

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



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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 609 days ago

Hi, Jerrell!
I don’t know if you have tried them, but the people from Toymakingplans.com have loads of wonderful and fun patterns for making toys on the scroll saw! They are easy to do and they show them painted and not and the painting is not anything that is hard at all. Besides that – they are nice and HONEST people that are a joy to do business with! Their website address is:

Toymakingplans.com

And I hope you get the chance to check them out if you haven’t already. I think it will give you a kick start to making some toys that will not only be fun to make, but also hopefully sell a bit better.

Take care, Sheila :)

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

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mainwoodworks

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#2 posted 609 days ago

Jerrell I know just how you feel. I too love scrolling (I get to set for a while), but it doesn’t even pay for the wood, even though I mostly use fall off’s from other projects. I also love the lathe, but again no one will pay for the time, electricity, etc. I now build mostly for the great-grand kids, when I can afford to go to the saw-mill.
Their smiles are usually enough payment. The Wal-Mart $25 furniture can’t be competed with in to-days through-away society.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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jerrells

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#3 posted 609 days ago

It just kills me to go to a retial arts and crafts store and see a wooden box for $1.00 (cheap wood and poorly constructed) but that is what we compet against. Qualtiy and Made in America just is not what matters.

Shelia – yes I have check that and other sites. I can start out with lots of FREE patterns. Plus I will not pay to have a pattern mailed. If it can’t be downloaded then I will not purchase it.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 609 days ago

I know what you mean Jerrell. They do have some free patterns and all of their patterns are available PDF. (No – I don’t have affiliation with them at all! I just love their patterns and when I downloaded the free ones I saw how high quality and detailed they were. And reasonable)

I can’t wait to see your toys that you make! I am sure they will be wonderful! :)

Sheila

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

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Vicki

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#5 posted 609 days ago

I’ve found that folks love “Puzzimals”, the puzzle that spell out the animals name. I’ve done a bunch of dog breed ones and the recipients love them. Also, custom double hearts with the married couples name, some people make wedding bands instead. You could show one as a sample and take orders. Just a thought.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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