|Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)||posted 12-06-2014 01:21 PM||1555 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
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"