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The Early History of the Scroll Saw

The Early History of the Scroll Saw

A photo-illustrated look at the origins of this popular woodworking tool A lack of accurate record keeping shrouds the origins of the scroll saw in a veil of mystery. However, recently discovered records suggest the first patent for a saw using a reciprocating steel blade was awarded in 1829 in […]

by October 14, 2010 Features
The Work of L. Kim Braa

The Work of L. Kim Braa

Gulf coast artist develops her own form of “liberal intarsia” Artist L. Kim Braa pushes the limits of the scroll saw–and other materials–with her scrolled work. The Gulf-coast artist steps outside the traditional woods and materials used by scrollers and integrates all sorts of materials into her work. “I don’t […]

by July 14, 2010 Features
The Work of Isaiah Strong

The Work of Isaiah Strong

Vermont youth named artist of the month Twelve-year-old Isaiah Strong, of Saxtons River, Vt., has been creating quite a buzz in the local woodworking community. As the youngest member ever to join the Jelly Bean Tree artisans’ cooperative, Isaiah works far beyond his years creating everything from intricate puzzles and […]

by March 25, 2010 Features
Gary Browning: Portrait of the Portrait Scroller

Gary Browning: Portrait of the Portrait Scroller

His Marine Corps Training Serves Him Well When the premier issue of Scroll Saw Workshop came out in the fall of 2000 not many scrollers had heard of Gary Browning or his method of scrolling portraits, which he introduced to us with a portrait of “The Duke.” Less than a […]

by September 15, 2009 Features
Making Beautiful Wooden Bowls

Making Beautiful Wooden Bowls

Create the look of lathe-turned bowls with your scroll saw. At every craft fair I’ve attended recently, I’ve been drawn to displays of beautiful lathe-turned 
bowls. Having had some experience with cutting steep angles on the scroll saw, I thought it might be possible to replicate the look of these […]

by September 10, 2009 Features
Puzzlemaster Carter Johnson

Puzzlemaster Carter Johnson

Scroll saw artist specializes in cutting jigsaw puzzles without the aid of a pattern—and you can do it too! Carter Johnson began cutting jigsaw puzzles in 1993 after moving to a larger home with room for a workshop in the basement. Both Carter’s and his wife’s families have been interested […]

by September 10, 2009 Features
The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence

Every So Often You Come Across a Piece that Makes Your Jaw Drop March 19, 1996 was a proud day for Bill Thurlow. After more than 580 hours over a span of eight years, Bill had completed his replication in wood of the Declaration of Independence. Since then, the piece—four […]

by September 2, 2009 Features
Layered Marquetry Puzzles

Layered Marquetry Puzzles

By Steve Malavolta Photography by Pat Berrett My 26-year interest in woodworking has a lot to do with wood itself. I find it to be a material that contains workable qualities—variations of color, shapability and textile qualities when finished—that compliment the pieces that I make. My puzzles have evolved over […]

by September 2, 2009 Features
Ernie Lang's Scrolling Scrapbook

Ernie Lang's Scrolling Scrapbook

Fascinated by the Past, He Preserves Scrolling History for the Future Experts estimate that 80 percent of scroll saw patterns from the turn of the century have been lost. Scrolling historian Ernie Lang decided to do something about that! Ernie has built more than 175 projects from turn-of-the-century plans and […]

by September 2, 2009 Features
Scrolling Out a Future

Scrolling Out a Future

Dedicated dad creates scroll saw businesses for handicapped sons When the Warrens discovered that both of their sons were significantly handicapped, they became all the more determined to give them lots of love and help them reach their fullest potentials. Th ey have succeeded on both counts. Today, 36-year-old Erik […]

by August 24, 2009 Features