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What's Inside the November 2006 Issue of Creative Woodworks & Crafts ...
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For this issue's editorial, let's hear what a few of our regular designers have to say. Enjoy!
Robert Becker
bj holm
Billie (BJ) Holm
I admit to being a scroll sawing “addict,” and I need a sawdust fix daily! Designing patterns and seeing them come to life from a piece of wood gives me a special sense of accomplishment and pride. Most of my designs are from requests by friends, family, and people who email me. They are a never-ending source of inspiration for me, and I appreciate them very much. Everywhere I go, I see something that might make a new pattern. A special wood tone or grain will spark another pattern idea, and I’ll just have to buy it, even though it might be 3-5 years before that special pattern comes into my mind again.
I enjoy painting, too, but I try not to paint on “good” woods. I paint mostly on plywood holiday ornaments and a few fretwork pieces to bring them to life or to add accents. I have been learning faux finishing and hope to use some in my designs soon. Cutting fretwork from faux leather, burls, or marble could be a fun variation on traditional scrolling. There are always new things to try. Scrolling is fun and addictive, and I highly recommend it! My suggestion to new scrollers is to not be afraid to ask questions or get advice from other scrollers. They are friendly people who love to help beginners get started!
rich hutcheson
Rick Hutcheson
Scroll sawing is probably one of the easiest of the woodworking hobbies to get into. With an initial investment of just $100 or more, you can have a saw and be ready to start scrolling. A nice advantage to scrolling over many other forms of woodworking is that the scroll saw can be set up in a very small space. Some have even started out on the living room floor or kitchen table!
So where is scrolling going in the future? I hope we see an increase in people new to scrolling. With things like the ACES (Anyone Can Enjoy Scrolling) program developed for SAW (Scrollsaw Association of the World), anyone can give a seminar on scrolling to any age group. I think there are many people who just don’t realize what scroll sawing is all about, and how easy and fun it can be. As those of you who are scrollers know, it can become very addictive once you get started.
The number of things you can make with the scroll saw is increasing every day, and someone is always coming up with a new project for the scroll saw. Just see how many people you can get started scroll sawing in the next year. Try delivering the ACES program to a youth group, and have fun! As we know, scroll sawing is one of the most relaxing hobbies there is.
bob valle
Bob Valle
It is hard to believe that it has been 15 years since I first met my partners in White Tail Designs, Scott Kochendorfer and Roy King (who at the time owned Scroller), and I first learned what scroll sawing was. Never in a million years would I have guessed that fateful day when I answered Scott’s classified ad in the local newspaper looking for an artist to design line drawings for scroll saw patterns that it would ever lead to this. After much persistence, I got the job straight out of art school, and began designing patterns for all the talented scroll saw artisans out there.
For me, personally, I feel that woodworking is one of the last true art forms. In this age of technology, it’s wonderful and inspiring to see people still creating artwork by hand. It is true that technology can be a useful tool, but it is no substitute for the human touch. Whenever we do shows, I always encourage scrollers to use our patterns as a blueprint for their own form of expression. Seeing things outside of the box and looking past the obvious is the only way to true creativity. It’s incredible to see people take my hand-drawn patterns and turn them into their own personal works of art.
In closing, I would like to say a truly gracious “Thank you” to everyone who has supported Scott, Roy, and me over the years and to everyone at Creative Woodworks & Crafts for allowing us to be regular contributors to this wonderful publication. It has been an amazing adventure over the years, and I am honored to be a part of this wonderful community.
september 2006 issue
November 2006 Issue
Some projects from this issue:
intarsia cornucopia
mantle clock
Dolphin Trinket Box

Celtic Welcome Sign
Celtic Welcome Sign

more photos from this issue

Calf Roper
Calf Roper
In the November 2006 Issue:
Scrolling Projects:
Celtic Welcome Sign
Calf Roper
Wolf with Feather
Bald Eagle
Oak Wreath
Coin Puzzle Boxes
Dolphin Trinket Box
Tri-Fold Frame

Greeting Card Box
Everlasting Rose
Freddy’s Frolic
To the Joust!
26 Ornaments by the Boelman Brothers
The Nebgren Shelf
12 Ornaments by BJ Holm
Heart Frames
Intarsia Projects:
Tree Frog
Desert Rose

Cutting a Name for Yourself
Scrolling with Rick: Pattern Modifications
Wes’ Woodpile: American Elm
Andrei Zborovsky: Wood Artisan
Reader’s Gallery
Sanding Mops and Intarsia
tan line
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