Before you start scroll sawing you will need to choose or create some patterns to work to.
There are three principle ways to source your patterns….
Purchase a pattern book
Search online sites like Pinterest for free patterns
Design them yourself using software such as Inkscape and Canva
A Selection of Pattern Books
All of these books are available on Amazon.
Big Book of Scroll Saw Woodworking
More than 60 projects and techniques for fretwork, intarsia and other scroll sawing crafts.
Puzzles and toys, beginners patterns, inlay and relief, baskets and boxes….. 185 pages
Big Book of Christmas Ornaments and Decorations
37 favourite projects and patterns including snowflakes, 12 days of Christmas. Santa’s workshop, Angel, Poinsettia wreath and much more....
Scroll Saw Workbook
The ultimate beginners guide with 25 skill building chapters. An excellent step by step guide for folk just starting out their scroll saw journey.
3D Patterns for the Scroll Saw
Time saving tips and ready to cut patterns for 45 unique projects……Fruit, Birds, Flowers, Butterflies and much more…..
Miniature Wooden Clocks for the Scroll Saw
More than 250 designs from cars to weather vanes and boats to animal carts……..
Search Online Sites for Patterns
My favourite site to search is Pinterest. You will find a limitless supply of FREE patterns…….here is a typical page.
Another site which provides a valuable source of links and inspiration is Instagram.
Just search for ‘scroll sawing’, click on a picture you like and you will discover a treasure trove of useful information.
Create Your Own Patterns
You don’t have to be a techie to create your own patterns. I recommend Inkscape, which is a free, open source, resource.
The software has been designed to be intuitive, so it is easy to use. The Inkscape tutorials are text based and can be found here.
You’ll probably find the video tutorials on YouTube a more practical guide.
Some Completed Work To Inspire You
This dramatic portrayal of an elk has been cut from 1/4″ oak plywood, which has then been stained golden oak. The backing is 1/4″ baltic birch plywood, which has been spray painted black.
Steve Good, who runs the Scroll Saw Workshop, offers a free digital download of this pattern on his site. Steve also has a video tutorial on how he created this design using Corel Draw.
This ‘Born To Ride’ motorcycle is made from maple and walnut. It measures 10″ x 61/2″ and comes complete with a battery clock.
This puzzle features 11 different animals cut from a range of hardwoods. It measures 8″ x 7″ and includes a bear, a skunk, a snake, an owl, a fox, a chipmunk, a turtle. a fish, a rabbit and a raccoon.
This kingfisher was created by H Botas who lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a huge range of scroll saw patterns which you can download for a small fee.
I hope these shots of advanced scroll saw art will inspire you to take up this fascinating woodworking craft. Happy scroll sawing!
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