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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 12-06-2014 01:21 PM 1490 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It is no secret that I love to cut lettering on the scroll saw. To me, beautiful lettering is an art in itself and the scroll saw has a way of making wood look graceful and fluid.

It was with that mindset that I created this simple set of letter blocks that I cut on the scroll saw. I chose a beautiful font that I needed to modify quite extensively so that the pieces and centers would hold up to cutting, but the essence of the font remained.

Initially I was going to just create the pattern using the letters which spell “MERRY CHRISTMAS”, with the addition of two side pieces of reflected holly as well as a stylish tree to divide the two words. But after I finished it I decided that including the entire 26 upper case letters of the alphabet was a must. That would make the pattern much more functional and those who purchased it could spell their own words or sayings, or use the font in other woodworking projects.

I cut my set from 3/4” hard maple, which made the project a bit more difficult. The cutting was very slow, as I still used a tiny 2/0 scroll saw blade to accomplish the sharp corners and elegant, flowing lines. But since I enjoy scrolling so much I just chose some of my favorite music, put on my headphones and got lost in cutting. It was a very pleasurable project to finish.

I wanted the beauty of the maple to shine through as the background for these lovely letters, so I finished the pieces with several coats of spray lacquer. I sanded lightly between the coats, leaving a warm and illustrious finish.

While it was somewhat difficult to take a photograph of the entire set because of the size, I am sure you can picture these pretty blocks on a fireplace mantle or other similar place. You could also cut them from thin stock and mount them in a garland or on a welcoming wreath. (Or even turn them to refrigerator magnets for that matter!)

I hope you enjoy seeing them.

-- 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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Dan Krager

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#1 posted 12-06-2014 03:07 PM

Like!
DanK

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL http://www.kragerwoodworking.weebly.com There are three types of people...those who are good at math and those who aren't.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 12-06-2014 04:09 PM

Thanks, Dan!

-- 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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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 12-06-2014 08:21 PM

Nice work Shelia.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 12-06-2014 10:34 PM

That is some Brave and Delicate Scrolling Sheila, the inside details are almost floating in place…
Very Well Done!! (And Merry Christmas to You and Keith too!!)

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

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#5 posted 12-07-2014 12:20 AM

They came out looking fantastic

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 12-07-2014 01:17 AM

Wish you and Keith and family the same. Super crispy lettering there Scrollgirl. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#7 posted 12-07-2014 05:33 AM

Very nice work. Beautiful lettering and a Merry Christmas to you also.

-- Chris, Sparks Nevada, https://www.facebook.com/ArmstrongTouch

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#8 posted 12-07-2014 01:58 PM

Very beautiful work Sheila!! I have a scroll saw, but I am missing one piece…... The patience! I’ll just have to admire your work. LOL

-- Jerry - Rochester, MN *Whether you think you can or you can't, you are probably right* - Henry Ford

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#9 posted 12-07-2014 02:10 PM

Thank you very much, Jerry. I will be doing more sets like this as well. :)

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 12-09-2014 03:03 PM

Sorry I missed these when the project came out, Sheila. Beautiful letters, skillfully made.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#11 posted 12-12-2014 07:32 PM

Thank you, Martyn. I am glad you like 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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