Materials for Beginners

Mimosa

Mimosa

Ornamental tree hides exotic and beautiful grain by Ben Fink This article was first published in issue 33 of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts. Mimosa, a popular ornamental tree that sports fern-like leaves, makes a surprisingly good wood for scrolling. The light-colored wood is highlighted by a distinct dark grain that […]

Spanish Cedar

Spanish Cedar

by Bob Duncan This article was first published in issue 30 of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts. Many people can identify cedar just by smelling it. Most cedars, such as western red cedar, and aromatic cedar, come from an evergreen tree; therefore they fall into the softwoods category with pine and […]

Black Cherry

Black Cherry

by Bob Duncan This article was first published in issue 28 of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts. Black cherry is one of the most beautiful and valuable hardwoods. The rich, reddish-brown color of the heartwood looks wonderful with an oil finish. But cherry is not an easy wood to work with. […]

Osage Orange

Osage Orange

Bright yellow hardwood is excellent for scroll sawing by Kevin Daly This article was first published in issue 32 of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts. Osage orange is readily recognized by its distinct yellow color. Unfortunately, the vibrant color usually turns a light brown when the wood is exposed to oxygen […]

Manufactured Woods

Manufactured Woods

by Bob Duncan This article was first published in issue 27 of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts. While there is a wide variety of both hard and soft woods suitable for scrolling,  there are several manufactured woods that deserve a mention. Manufactured woods range from expensive commercial flooring to economical medium-density […]

Blue Pine

Blue Pine

Beetle-damaged wood is a boon for intarsia artists by Janette Square This article was first published in issue 35 of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts. Blue pine, sometimes called denim pine, isn’t an actual species of wood. Blue pine is a term coined to describe pine lumber, usually from lodgepole pine trees, […]

Hickory

Hickory

Of the woods I’ve cut on the scroll saw, hickory is one of the hardest by Bob Duncan This article was first published in issue 26 of Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts. According to the Woodworker’s Pocket Reference, hickory is one of the highest densities for domestic woods—it is harder than […]

Selecting Intarsia Wood

Selecting Intarsia Wood

Preserve the beauty of your work by understanding the effects of time by Mike Mathieu   For me, the best part of an intarsia project is picking out the wood to use. I spend hours matching up different colors and figures of wood. Often, woodworkers don’t realize the vibrant wood they use in […]

Oak

Oak

Don’t let the number of oak species confuse you by Bob Duncan   Ask five different suppliers for oak, and all five may offer you a different species. Even if you are specific and ask for red oak or white oak, you may still get several different species of oak […]

Poplar

Poplar

A clean-grained wood that is surprisingly versatile for scrolling by Bob Duncan Poplar is both widely available and relatively inexpensive. Most home improvement stores stock it in 1/4″ and 3/4″ thicknesses (surfaced on all four sides) and most hardwood dealers stock it. Discounted by some for what they consider bland […]