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“Scroll Saw Workbook” Review

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on September 1st, 2008

When I first started scroll sawing I bought the Scroll Saw Workbook, If your new to scrolling and aren’t sure where to get started, I’d recommend this book highly, the title of the book is “Scroll Saw Workbook” by John A. Nelson

It starts with a brief overview of the history of scrolling which dates back to the 1500’s and has illustrations of both old saws and patterns from the Victorian era, very different from we do these days. The book moves on to the different types of scroll saws that you can choose and how it makes a difference in price and ease of use, noise vs. vibration, etc. There are many illustrations and descriptions of the modern scroll saws that are available here in the U.S. and their features and accessories. The book also covers the different type of scroll saw blades, a description and their uses, and how to properly tension the blade.

The practice exercises start with the most basic operation, accurately cutting straight lines, curved, wavy and sharp turns. Show how to do stack cutting so that you can make multiple items at once.  How to cut materials like plastic and paper,  3-D cutting,  and making relief cuts. Basic patterns are provided to make some nice small projects for the beginner. I bought the book on Amazon.com, but the book is also available from Fox Chapel Publishing.

Scroll Saw Workbook