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My Journey As A Scroll Saw Pattern Designer #1298: A Contest

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Blog entry by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 04-22-2014 11:18 AM 890 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Many of you may have already heard about Steve Good’s blog. For several years now, Steve puts out a blog nearly every day to promote scroll sawing. In fact, it is because of Steve that I began my own blog on the Lumberjocks.com site and now have nearly 1300 entries. He has become a friend and a mentor of mine, and he was the one who introduced me to Lumberjocks.com.

Steve’s blog and website is great. Not only does it have the blog, but it also has a wonderful and active forum where you can learn all about scrollsawing and woodworking and make new friends. In the four plus years I have belonged, I have never seen arguments or issues with members and it is always a fun and friendly place to visit. The people there are amazing!

In Steve’s daily blog posts, he usually offers a free pattern or a new video or inspirational story about other woodworkers. He works incredibly hard to help the scroll sawing community and woodworking in general, and only asks for small donations from those who wish to do so in return. This is not mandatory, as his main objective is to help people discover the joy of using the scroll saw and woodworking in general. His selflessness and passion for scroll sawing has truly helped it grow.

From time to time I donate a pattern to Steve so he can share it with his readers. (He now has over 17,000 of them!) I find that many new customers that come to my site have learned about it through Steve’s forum and site, and I greatly appreciate his efforts to support designers such as Keith and I and other pattern designers in the industry.

When Keith and I finished our “Getting Started With the Scrollsaw” book,

we wanted to be sure to get a copy to Steve. Since this was a wonderful book for someone beginning to use the scroll saw, we thought that it would be a great value to those people. We offered to give away a couple of copies to some of Steve’s readers, and he came up with a contest in order to do so.

You can read the details of the contest here:

http://scrollsawworkshop.blogspot.ca/2014/04/contest.html

Just scroll down the page a little to read about it in today’s daily post. And while you are there, I encourage you to check out his site and sign up to receive the daily newsletter. Besides the wonderful videos, tutorials, and free patterns, you will love the friendly and informative forum.

I am always grateful to Steve. Not only because he has helped me so much, but also because he give so much back to woodworking and scroll sawing. He is a great asset to the industry and I enjoy supporting him in any way I can.

Have a great Tuesday!

-- 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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MontanaBob

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#1 posted 04-22-2014 11:51 AM

I’ve had his daily hit my e-mail every day since I found his site. I used his pattern for chess pieces, and I’ve done a few other things he has shown on his site…. The Flying Dutchman blades that he recommends are best I’ve every used. While I’m thinking of it I should probably send Steve another donation. We need to keep people like Steve on the net… Thanks Sheila

-- To realize our true destiny, we must be guided not by a myth from our past, but by a vision of our future

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 04-22-2014 11:54 AM

Steve is an awesome guy, Bob! I am glad to hear that you enjoy his site and support him. He works so hard to keep things going and for getting people exciting about scrolling and woodworking! As I said – if it weren’t for him I wouldn’t be here at Lumberjocks! He has always been kind and helpful to me be it with advice or helping promote my work.

Thank you for supporting him as well! We DO need to keep people like Steve around! It helps the industry as a whole so much!

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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Celticscroller

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#3 posted 04-22-2014 09:13 PM

It was through Steve Good’s blog that I learned about your webpage. I’ve used lots of his patterns over the years and learnt a lot from you both about scroll sawing. He is very generous with his time and knowledge to help keep the craft alive.

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 04-22-2014 10:32 PM

Hi, Anna! I hope you had a great day! We had mild temperatures and some sunshine. Much needed, I may say!

Yes – Steve is a really nice guy and does a lot for the woodworking community. I am proud to call him my friend! :)

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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cdaniels

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#5 posted 04-23-2014 12:53 AM

hi,
I have a degree in fine furniture building and cabinetry but i’ve recently been put in a wheelchair. i won’t be able to get out of one but i really love woodworking. once i’m fully medically retired from the air force i want to really focus on my woodworking. i was suggested that i get into scrollsawing because it would be something good to start with while being in a wheelchair. what suggestions would you have for me as far as getting set up and starting out scrollsawing. the only experience i have is what i did in college and i have used a scrollsaw for cuttign acrylic into shapes. thanks for any help you can give me!
Chris

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 04-23-2014 10:48 AM

Hi, Chris:
I really suggest that you do some online research and join some groups. I know of a couple of great forums that are focused on scroll sawing and filled with great people and resources. Like anything, you will find that there are several different ways of doing things correctly and trying as many as you can until you are comfortable is really the best way to go.

Of course, there is my online class here on Lumberjocks: http://lumberjocks.com/scrollgirl/blog/series/4134

It covers many of the basic questions that a new person would have about scrolling. You can also purchase a copy of the book I mentioned above for the cost of one pattern on my site:

http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com/product/CAT300

It puts all of the class material into one convenient place, and also has additional articles and even practice patterns that you can use to get started and practice the techniques described.

My favorite forum is Steve Good’s forum:

http://www.stevedgood.com/community/index.php

It is free to join and filled with the NICEST people. They can help you with just about anything you ask!

And don’t forget to join Steve’s Scrollsaw Workshop mailing list:

http://scrollsawworkshop.blogspot.ca/

Steve has a daily blog and offers a new free pattern nearly every day. His site is filled with helpful videos and ideas.

Another great and friendly forum is Scroll Saw Village. http://www.scrollsawvillage.com/forum

The people there are just as nice and friendly, and they have a great deal to offer.

Finally, my other friend Rick Hutchenson has a wonderful and extensive site on scrollsawing:

http://www.scrollsaws.com

Rick is another fantastic guy and so smart about so many things. His site is filled with videos, articles, and all kinds of things regarding scroll sawing.

We are fortunate to have so many wonderful resources available to us here on the web. These incredibly dedicated people are what keeps woodworking and scroll sawing going and growing.

I hope this helps you get started. :) 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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