My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #64: Back to the Scroll Saw (Finally!)

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 1351 days ago 2321 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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After drawing and doing office stuff all week, I finally get to make some sawdust today. Even though it has only been a couple of days since I was last cutting, it somehow feels like weeks. I really like that part of the job. It is fun to see the drawings come to life and finally be able to hold the projects in my hand. I never think that things look as good on paper, and probably with good reason. They just don’t. I get a real sense of satisfaction seeing everything get cut out and become a reality. I have had many offers in the past from others who said they would cut my designs out for me to save me time, but I don’t really take them up on it because it would take away probably my favorite part of the job.

I have been working on a set of 10 musical instrument ornaments. I know I have a lot of different ornaments, but they really fun to do and are traditionally good sellers. My two highest selling patterns over the last month with the wholesaler were the two sets of ornaments – by far. They just took on several more sets for this next catalog that will come out in a month or so and hopefully with everyone gearing up for the holidays and the holiday craft shows they will do well also.

Besides, I have some great ideas for more different types of sets so as long as people keep buying them, then I will keep offering them. I have one more set that I want to do over the weekend after these and then I want to get back to some more candle trays, as people are already asking for more types of designs for more. It is a good place to be.

The ornaments I just finished drawing are of musical instruments with Christmas holly or bows on them. I have seen many three dimensional (mostly plastic) ornaments of this type and I wanted to do a scroll sawn set of them. There have been a few scrolled set of instruments, but unfortunately they are quite plain and I didn’t think they were very attractive. So I really wanted to make these something that would be special and I would be proud of.

It was a bit tricky getting everything to work right without the risk of losing pieces, but I think I have the patterns down pretty good where they will be OK. I have to go over them one more time before I cut and make sure that everything is strong enough, but I should be ready to go on them by late morning. Sometimes it is hard to actually make things work when you are doing something that is two dimensional. You need to put in detail lines and not compromise the overall strength of the pieces. I am sure some will be very delicate. I am thinking now that I could have probably done an overlay of some of the elements which would have made the pieces stronger, but I think it would have taken away from their delicate nature which is part of the charm of them. I guess the only way to find out if they will work will be to go ahead and cut them.

I should have pictures up tomorrow – “barring all disasters” (I love that phase, don’t you? It’s almost like inviting disaster!)

So I guess this will be one of my shorter blogs. :) I just can’t wait to get at it and see how they come out after working on them for the past couple of days.

I hope everyone has a great Friday and has some nice plans for the weekend. We have the blue-grass festival here in our area, which brings over a thousand campers. Although I don’t plan on attending, you can hear the faint music through the quiet night air, which is good enough for me. It is foggy out here this morning, and I hope that the weather is nice for the weekend. It should be a fun weekend overall and if I get brave, I will meander into town to see what is going on.

But first I want to get cutting! :) Have a great Friday!

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#1 posted 1351 days ago

Can’t wait to see them. Yours are some of the best everytime the Holiday issue comes out. Keep em comming.

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#2 posted 1351 days ago

Thanks, Ray! :)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 1351 days ago

I’m waiting with baited breath, whatever that means, to see your pictures. Enjoy the festival. We live on Shediac Bay and are put to sleep by all types of bands both in Shediac and Parlee Beach area. The sound wafts across the water and right in our front window. The bass noise gets anoying though,

-- Jack Keefe Shediac NB Canada

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#4 posted 1350 days ago

Sheila what Scroll Saw do you use?
I have been thinking of buying one but don’t want to waste money on something then having to buy a better one later. I have access to a Craftsman my mother owns.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#5 posted 1350 days ago

Hi, Swede!

I love my yellow DeWalt 788 saw. I think for the money it is the best saw on the market. I used to have a Heagner, a RBI Hawk and also the DeWalt all at the same time and I hate to say but I used the other two for coffee cup holders most of the time. I kept coming back to the DeWalt.

There are many reasons I really like it. The blade change is a breeze. You have wing nuts that release and tighten the blade easily.

The speed control is right on the top of the arm in front. You can adjust your speed while sawing if necessary and get it just right for what you are doing at the time.

The tension is also in the front and top and you can even adjust that while you are cutting if necessary. I have had where it isn’t quite tight enough and it is right there in front, no muss or fuss.

The table is large and the whole saw is very stable and vibration free. Lots of work space and comfortable to use.

I understand that Delta makes a twin to this saw that they released in June, so you may be able to find that one on sale. I hear it comes with the stand and light as a package. I will have to look up the item number, as I forgot it. :)

Others have moved up to a Excalibur from this saw, but I see no need to at all. The Ex is over twice the price I think and although I hear it is really nice, I don’t know if it is worth it. I could happily have this saw the rest of my sawing life and be satisfied with it.

Mine is 14 years old and I haven’t really had a problem except maybe a $10 switch. I understand that they are made in China now and some say the quality isn’t quite the same, but if you Google it you will see that overall people are really happy with them. The cost is around $500 – give or take.

If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to talk it over with you.

Good luck and let me know how you do. Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 1350 days ago

I would/wood lol like to see your scroll work .From what I have seen already you’re an artist.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 1350 days ago

Hi, Scotsman:
All my scroll work is on my site at (Anything with a “k” in the item number is my partner’s designs though) I also have my paintings in my Gallery page. If you go to the left and click on “My Art Gallery” you can see them. I haven’t had much time to paint lately, but I will be painting more by Autumn.

I am so glad that you are back here at LJ’s. I hope you are feeling better and recovering well. It was quite scary to hear of your injury.

Take care, Sheila :)

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 1350 days ago

Yeah well, what a good con job getting me to come here and NO PICTURES!!!!!
But I’m glad you’re back at it after a jaunt by the seaside.
Hurry, I NEED pictures!!!
I haven’t ever asked – who do you design these patterns for? The general public, magazines etc.? If you ever said, I didn’t catch it.


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#9 posted 1350 days ago

Hi, Jordan! I promise to have pictures in the next blog. I cut the ornaments today and I am finishing them this morning (Just some oil for now) I want them to be presentable at least and they needed some fine tuning before I could cut them :)

I design the patterns for the general public and Creative Woodworks magazine. I work as a contributing editor for them which means I free lance projects to them on a first-right basis. Once they are published, I get the rights back to do what I want to with them.

I sell to several wholesale pattern companies who supply scroll saw patterns to the general public through catalogs and the web. They are Scroller, Ltd., Wooden Teddy Bear and now Wildwood/Cherry Tree Designs. I also sell retail through my own website. Of course I like having my site because I get to meet and talk to customers on a regular basis. It is fun to see what everyone is up to and hear about what they are doing.

All in all, it keeps me pretty busy. :)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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