Scroll Sawing…….Patterns and Creations

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Pinterest – Typical Page – Scroll Sawing


Another site which provides a valuable source of links and inspiration is Instagram.

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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.

TedsWoodworking Plans and Projects

Some Completed Work To Inspire You

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Etsy Scroll Saw Treasures

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.


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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.

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‘Born to Ride’ motorcycle and clock

This ‘Born To Ride’ motorcycle is made from maple and walnut. It measures 10″ x 61/2″ and comes complete with a battery clock.






SS Appalachian animals

Appalachian animal puzzle

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.

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Etsy Custom Wood Portraits

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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I have always loved wood crafts. In my teens it was model gliders, ships in bottles, puppets, wooden toys.... Then I had to earn a crust and became a civil engineer designing and building bridges, motorways, schools...until I became a video producer. On retiring I started making dolls houses but now I am a blogger concentrating on my love of wood.