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Dashing Through the Snow Scroll Sawn Sleigh Ornaments

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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 11-16-2014 02:24 PM 2122 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really loved creating these little scroll sawn sleigh ornaments. In looking for “antique sleighs” for reference, I saw literally hundreds of beautiful and flowing designs. It really made me want to go out an find a real antique sleigh! (But where would I put it if I did!)

I wanted to make the little ornaments using mainly hardwoods, as I had several small pieces of beautiful colors in my wood pile. I used maple as the sleigh beds, as that was the cohesive element that kept the pieces looking like a ‘set’ when displayed altogether. The runners are made from walnut, cherry, padauk, bloodwood, mahogany and jatoba. The contrasting, yet natural colors look beautiful on the pale maple beds. As you see in the fifth picture though, I did paint one of the beds red – just to see . . .

Each sleigh ornament measures approximately 5” long. The little ornaments can be made with one runner for hanging them, or two so they can stand up on a mantle or table centerpiece. I even tried using a little metallic wax on some of the runners and it gave yet another lovely effect.

I am selling the pattern for the set of 12 different sleighs, but I also decided to give a sample pattern which contains two sleighs in it. I invite you to retrieve your free pattern on the Free Patterns and Resources page at my site.

I hope you enjoy this project!

-- 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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simarilan

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#1 posted 11-16-2014 02:49 PM

Excellent as usual Sheila. Really like the 3D effect of the ones with 2 runners, great Christmas ornaments.

-- Quality is easy to see - but hard to explain

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 11-16-2014 03:30 PM

Thank you! :) I like the two runner ones as well. They can even be made of thicker wood and made larger. :)

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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#3 posted 11-16-2014 03:59 PM

Looks good!

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho https://www.facebook.com/SillyLillyBowsAndMore

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#4 posted 11-16-2014 05:20 PM

Sheila
your always so creative and so talented,these sleighs are beautiful, add one more item to your list of outstanding projects and amazing creations ,a big thumbs up.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#5 posted 11-16-2014 06:58 PM

I agree on the 2-runner ones looking great. But aren’t you tempting the snow to arrive too early? Just kidding, they are VERY nicely done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 11-16-2014 07:22 PM

Thank you all for your kind words. We do already have a light blanket of white here in Nova Scotia. I think it is inevitable! May as well get around in style! ;)

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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#7 posted 11-16-2014 08:48 PM

Wow, more of your fabulous & detailed creations Sheila, love the tasteful decoration very timely as well :)
Cheers
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 11-16-2014 10:46 PM

Love these sleighs. I’m looking forward to working on the patterns – hopefully tomorrow!

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#9 posted 11-16-2014 10:48 PM

Thank you! Anna – I hope you have fun with them! :)

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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#10 posted 11-17-2014 03:31 AM

Those are Precious Sheila (excellent detail on the runners in the close-up!), Very Well Done!
Debbie Loved the Red-painted one!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 11-17-2014 04:23 AM

Those are nice

-- Vince

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#12 posted 11-17-2014 05:17 AM

Very nice stylish Sleigh.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#13 posted 11-17-2014 12:37 PM

Thank you so much everyone! I hope you all give them a try. They are truly fun to cut and if you stack them, you can get several done at once. Fun and not too difficult! :) I certainly appreciate your kind comments!

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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#14 posted 11-17-2014 07:09 PM

Outstanding ornaments, such a great idea, they are so pretty!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 11-17-2014 10:26 PM

I couldn’t imagine that time went into this collection scroll sawn sleigh. Beautiful!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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