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Welcome Ladies To Scroll Sawing 101!

Posted by The Scroll Saw Lady on 17th July 2008

This is the first posting for The Scroll Saw Lady, Wow, it is like I am just born now!

 I have been dreaming about doing something like this for years.  And now…… well, hopefully your finding my little spot of the world and enjoying my tips on starting to learn woodworking and especially the art of scroll sawing.

I am not a professional, I did not learn from any one special, I did not go to any school, I was not an apprentice of woodworking.

I watched my grandpa when I was growing up whenever I got the chance.  He was a wizard with everything, especially with wood and woodworking!  He had no formal training and yet there was nothing that man could not do with wood.  He made half of the machines and tools he had in his garage also!  He saw a need and so he made what he needed to fill his other needs, if he wanted to bend wood, he would just build a tool that would let him bend wood.  Like I said, “he was amazing!”

I hate that I was to young and too dumb, as to think I always had tomorrow.  I wanted to learn how to woodwork from him and yet, there was always tomorrow, so I just watched here and there but never really learned anything from him.

My grandpa was taken from me way to early in life (cancer) and since then, I have had only one regret in my life.  You go ahead and figure out what that regret was on your own.

One day though, I realized I had a regret in my life and I thought, how can I die having regrets?  And that was the same day, I decided to do something, I didn’t know what I was going to do but I had to do something.  I bought a book on beginning woodworking.  Then, I bought two books, then three and on and on it went.  I was fascinated!

Finally, I knew I needed to actually do something with woodworking not just read about it.  I bought a table saw.  It scared the crap out of me!  I will say, I was probably the most cautious person ever to operate a table saw in the history of mankind.  Okay, so, now I could cut wood!  Big frickin deal, what was I supposed to do with all this wood I was cutting up? 

 I built a couple of planters, they were hideous and fell apart before the summer was even over.  Oh well, it was still fun.  Then it happened!  I heard about a wood show coming to town!  Like a kid on Christmas day, I dragged a friend of mine and we went to see what this was all about.  I was so excited I do not think I slept the night before.  There it was, the giant dome that held “The Wood Show”.  It was magnificent!

It was pretty much over with after that show.  What?  My life as I knew it!  I was obsessed with learning everything I could about woodworking.  Oh, it didn’t mean I got any better at cutting wood, but, I could tell people the right way and wrong way to cut that wood!

What , I did learn from that show was about scroll sawing.  I saw this lady making little itty bitty reindeers, and that hit me right away as something I wanted to try.  I went out and bought a Dremel 12″ scroll saw and I loved it!  ( I never did make a itty bitty reindeer). 

 Funny that I would love this thing called scroll sawing, because as I was growing up I HATED sewing!  Hated it in school, hated it at home (not a great thing, because my mother was a fantastic seamstress and made our clothes and our Barbie’s clothes) and I hated it!   I pretended not to be able to do anything with sewing machine so my mom wouldn’t make me do it!  I sewed sooo slow, she would get mad and tell me to get out of the way. <g> (sorry mom)

You say so what, what does that have to do with anything?  Scroll sawing IS sewing only with wood!  If you can run a sewing machine you can run a scroll saw.  It is one of the safest and easiest machines on the planet to run!  I highly recommend to all women everywhere who want to do something with woodworking, you start with a scroll saw, it will build your confidence level and I am sure with a little patients it will become a new love of yours too!

 I hope you have found this spot because you are looking for something new in your life, or because you are rekindling an old passion, or just because you are curious. 

Try something different today, it might just be the start of something wonderful!

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