2016 Design Contest / Contests

The Votes are in for the Second SSWC People’s Choice Contest 2016

Congratulations to the winners of the second 2016 People’s Choice Contest!

This contest featured two categories: Workshop and Jewelry. The entries were unique designs that demonstrated creative scrolling and finishing. We’ll be talking to some of these scrollers about sharing their patterns in future issues.
Plus, cash prizes will be awarded to the winners, thanks to our contest sponsor, Seyco, The Scroll Saw Specialists.


Daniel Blackmon Sander-z

First Place: Burr Remover

Daniel Blackmon of Holden, Mo., designed this sanding attachment to help remove burrs while scrolling small pieces. The attachment consists of two pieces of Plexiglas attached to the pulley shaft and topped with a sandpaper disc. It fits Sakura, PS Wood, Total Shop, and Woodtek scroll saws.

Elzear Guignard-plate glass cutting jig

Second Place: Jig

Elzear Guignard of Bathurst, N.B., Canada, constructed this jig for cutting plate glass. He says it’s useful when framing scroll saw portraits. Elzear made the jig from 1″ maple.


Ronald Nelson - earrings1

First Place: Christmas Earrings

Ronald Nelson of Tierp, Sweden, made these earrings, 11/64″ long, from hand-milled maple and finished them with clear lacquer. Inspired by Christmas decorations, Ronald said, “I created the design in Photoshop and spent quite some time getting it to fit on the wood that I had as it is quite small.”

Maria Lai - Necklace

Second Place: Modern Necklace

Maria Lai of Cary, N.C., made this 26″-long wood necklace from walnut and finished it with lacquer. “I was making a desk lamp out of walnut. There was quite a bit of leftover wood, and the idea of making a necklace came to mind. I have made jewelry before, but making my own beads out of wood took it to another level!”

Richie Newberry - earrings

Third Place: Charleston Earrings

Richie Newberry of Summerville, S.C., named his earrings after his hometown of Charleston. Richie cut the 2″-diameter earrings from poplar, dyed them with a nontoxic soft pink dye, and then sealed them with polyurethane. Richie said that, as a native Charlestonian, he “grew up seeing the beautiful ironworks forged by generations of artisans in our Holy City. These earrings are reminiscent of those historic ironworks. The earrings are surprisingly lightweight, and I have been told they make a classic yet avant-garde statement.”