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Forum topic by Firemanone posted 12-21-2012 03:47 PM 1199 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-21-2012 03:47 PM

Scroll sawing is one of the most important parts of my job. I do Victorian restoration in the historic districts of Martha’s Vineyard, primarly in the town of Oak Bluffs. I recently restored the front of one building that was built in 1859. Through the years it underwent many changes. This past Spring I used one photo from 1890 and rebuilt the second floor balcony. All the balusters were cut on my RBI Hawk 20 scroll saw. I bought it over twenty years ago and I wouldn’t give it up for anything. I used 3/4” thick MDO plywood to make the balusters. I used my lath to make all new balusters for the first floor railing. These balusters were made from 3” X 3” South American Mahogany. To view the kind of work I do, check out my two books: “Painted Ladies: Balusters & Columns” and “Painted Ladies: Corbels & Gingerbread”.

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#1 posted 12-22-2012 03:58 AM

I used to do some of this type of work in new orleans and it reminded me a bit of these houses that i saw in marthas vineyard. nice job

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#2 posted 12-22-2012 10:20 AM

Wow! That looks beautiful! Here in Nova Scotia, there are many homes like this. When I lived in Digby, I had a friend who was a contractor and he was refurbishing a large front porch. He commissioned me to cut the 30+ decorative scroll pieces for his job. It was a fun change of pace for me and the customer was thrilled because we had used one of the old rotting pieces as a pattern and matched them perfectly. It was restored to its beautiful original look. I found it very satisfying to do that kind of work and really liked it. The house you have shown here is beautiful! You really did an outstanding job on it. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 12-22-2012 10:24 AM

Truly an awesome job on this!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-22-2012 11:32 AM

This looks amazing. I would love to work alongside someone doing this for some experience. Great job, thanks for posting,

-- Garry fae Bonnie Scotland

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