Gray Wolf Portrait

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Gray Wolf Portrait

Majestic portrait captures the spirit of the wild

By Gary Browning
Cut by Linda Helgerson

The gray wolf is a symbol of nature’s free spirit and has been around since the Ice Age. The wolf is often miscast as a bloodthirsty villain in folklore and children’s stories. Wolves are most known for their golden eyes, many sharp teeth, and eerie howl.

It may surprise you that the wolf typically avoids humans and may even leave its kill when a human approaches. The wolf is a sociable creature and exists as part of a pack of two to thirty others. Before scrolling this portrait, check out our exclusive article on tackling tough fretwork pieces. 


• Wood, such as Baltic birch plywood, 1/8″ to 1/4″ (3mm to 6mm) thick: portrait, 8″ x 10″ (20.3cm x 25.4cm)

• Wood, such as Baltic birch, 1/8″ (3mm) thick: backer, 8″ x 10″ (20.3cm x 25.4cm)

• Sandpaper: fine-grit

• Frame of choice


• Scroll saw with blades: #3 spiral reverse-tooth or blades of choice

• Drill with bits: assorted


About the Author

Gary Browning is a popular designer and author of Wild West Scroll Saw Portraits, available from Fox Chapel Publishing, For more of Gary’s work, visit his website at


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