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  • Frenchie
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    I purchase another RBI 226 from a guy that I talked into getting 10 years ago and he said he only cut about 4 boards with it. I kept it and took my RBI 226 to the store to use with the Dewalt 788 that the store bought for the club. I've already sold that saw and borrowed my brothers 226 to use in the store. It's going to take two saws to keep up with the number of people to use.I've been starting the meeting off with something easy for the beginners, and then demo something like compound cut for the ones that know how to scroll. The next thing you know the beginners take it over. I think I'll have a good challenge to stay ahead of this group. Don

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  • medic_149
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    Wish we had a club around here. I would love to be a member. Good Luck with you club Don.

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  • Frenchie
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    Up date on our new scrollsaw club after the second meeting. We have a total of 22 member as of Dec. 10, We had the store manager and a couple of their employee try their hand at scrolling. Sorry I was so busy I forgot to take pictures. I'll try next month. I'm really surprised on the number of people that are interested in scrolling in a city of around 17,000. I think the ad in the paper has really helped. Don

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  • Rolf
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    Don the fair went very well. I posted some pictures in the business section.
    Regarding club fees. Our scrolling club is affiliated (special interest group SIG) with our main club Long Island woodworkers Long Island Woodworkers Club . The main club fees are $35a year and $25 a year for each SIG that you join. The fees cover the Barn rental where our meetings are held. They also pay for any group projects that we do or pay for a guest speaker and Our annual Christmas party. We meet once a month for about 2hours.

    It is very challenging to keep things fresh and interesting for the senior scrollers without scaring the crap out of the newbie’s.
    Last edited by Rolf; 12-07-2011, 11:59 AM.

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  • Frenchie
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    Thanks Rolf for the help. How did your fair go? Don

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  • Frenchie
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    Catlyn; We had 14 people come to the first meeting, 5 of us have a scrollsaw that we use. A few have a saw but have never used it, and some don't have a saw but want to learn. I ask the one's that use their saw,to bring a couple of items to the meetings to show what can be done with the saw. This will give the other the initiative to learn. I'm expecting around 20 or more for this next meeting. I think just teaching newcomer how to use the saw would be a benefit for them, and enjoyment for the one teaching. I don't know if any of the clubs have a membership fee or not. I'm furnishing the wood and the blades so far. I normally demo how to cut something and then let a few that want to try. And walk them through it.Of coarse I don't know how to do a lot of it. but normally there may be one of us that may know a different techique.( I hope) Don

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  • Rolf
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    Catlyn,
    A bit long winded but here goes.
    Where to start? Ok, besides all of the benefits stated by Paul a club greatly reduces the learning curve, introduces members to new types of projects and techniques.
    I was raised around tools(German machinist) so all of the mechanics of scrolling came very easily to me. But there are so many little nuances such as how to cut a sharp V or W, straight lines, circles. You can read and watch all the videos you want but nothing beats having an experienced scroller showing you. I am now president of that club (3 years) I have learned many things and now I encourage our members to try things like Intarsia and other things they haven’t done before.

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  • paul44224
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    Catlyn, it's mostly making friends with a great hobby in common. We have a couple of people who have just started scrolling that we help out a bit. We recently did a small craft show that benefited a place that helps out cancer patients.

    Paul

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  • Catlyn
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    What would all the benefits of a scrollsaw club be?

    Couple things I can think of would be exchanges of tips/solutions on problems
    and maybe if your saw wasn't acting just right you could bring it to the
    meeting and get help with it?
    What else could a club do for you?

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  • Frenchie
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    Paul; The club isn't listed yet, I'll be asking ideas for a name at the next meeting. An idea would be West Central Indiana Scrollers. I'll have to get more information on the rules before I list it. Don

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  • Frenchie
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    Thanks everyone, Your ideas will help. Paul I'll check with the library to see if they have anything Thanks The store we are setup in will put an ad in the local paper each month. I'm working on getting an ad in the Lafayette paper, which is 28 miles north of us. Their out there I've just got to find them. Marshall, you're right I'm sure I'll learn also. I've been scrolling for 24 years and I didn't realize there was a forum until Dec of 2009. I've learn alot from all of you. We have a great forum going here.I din't realize there were so many. I'll post pic after our next meeting. Don

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  • marshall
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    Good luck Don , this sounds like it will be a rewarding in more ways than one . It's been my understanding when teaching that the teacher also learns while teaching - happy scrolling ....................MB

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  • paul44224
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    Best of luck to you, and the club, Don! Our club is slowly growing. Does your local library have a display case? Talk to them about displaying some scrolled items. Any exposure helps! Is your club listed on here? And you should make the announcement on some other scrolling forums.

    Paul

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  • Frenchie
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    Thanks Rolf; The blade cutting to one side was the first thing I told everyone. Don

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  • Rolf
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    Don,
    I will gather up some stuff when I get home, actually after this weekend (I have a fair to do tommorow) .You will have a better idea of what to do once you get a feel for the existing skills of the membership. The test cutting patterns curves ,zigzags etc. is a good start. But as a heads up I have found that lots of people have a real problem with cutting while others are watching.
    One thing that gets many newbies is that the fact that the blade wants to cut to one side, let them know that that is normal.

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