Scherenschnitte Scrollwork

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Project by Mathew Nedeljko posted 07-05-2012 03:47 PM 3694 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bit of a departure from the marquetry work I have been doing lately, but I find scrolling to be just another form of artistic expression that has been calling to me.

From Wikipedia: Scherenschnitte (pronunciation: [ˈsharon-shnit), which means “scissor cuts” in German, is the art of papercutting design. The art work often has symmetry within the design, and common forms include silhouettes, valentines, and love letters. The art tradition was founded in Switzerland and Germany in the 16th century, and was brought to Colonial America in the 18th century by immigrants who settled primarily in Pennsylvania.

This is my first serious effort at scrolling, and the pattern came from Steve Good. It is cut out of 1/4” Mahogany ply, and is finished with a quick dip in lemon oil and sealed with a lacquer spray. It took approx 25 hrs to cut, but I learned a lot during the process and I can tell I got better as I went along. All those sharp crisp points were a challenge, but I’m pleased with how it turned out.

Thanks for looking!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#1 posted 07-05-2012 03:51 PM

Very beautiful and intricate work! You have to be really pleased with this! Wonderful! :)


-- 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 07-05-2012 03:57 PM

OWWOW! so delicate!

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#3 posted 07-05-2012 04:09 PM

Your time and patience really shows.

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#4 posted 07-05-2012 04:21 PM

Say that 3 times fast. Ditto about the patience, I wish I had some. Nice work!

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#5 posted 07-05-2012 05:08 PM

Very nice. What size blade/blades did you use?

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

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#6 posted 07-05-2012 05:26 PM

Excellent work! The detail in this piece is outstanding.


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#7 posted 07-05-2012 05:50 PM

That’s amazing.
nice work.


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#8 posted 07-05-2012 05:55 PM

Just outstanding Mat. Even though I had a preview it still impresses the crap out of me here in the post.
Very nice !!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#9 posted 07-05-2012 05:59 PM


A very impressive work

I love it


Thanks for sharing

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#10 posted 07-05-2012 06:54 PM

Beautiful work. You did stack cut didn’t you?

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#11 posted 07-05-2012 07:00 PM

Most impressive piece ! Elegant and delicate, a lot of careful work no doubt !

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#12 posted 07-05-2012 07:18 PM

Very nice Mat. I can relate to the time it takes to do something this detailed. Although I don’t mind spending the time. I enjoy cutting the patterns much more than I do the finishing and assembly. How many inside cuts?

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#13 posted 07-05-2012 07:55 PM

Bravo Matt.
That’s about 100 times better then my last attempt ! lol

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#14 posted 07-05-2012 07:59 PM

If this is your FIRST scroll cut you did a awesome job. Thanks for posting it looks great.

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

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#15 posted 07-05-2012 08:45 PM

You have the patience of Job. Not shortage of talent here. Bravo!!!

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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