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    Hope I do this right! I am new to the idea of scroll sawing and haven't even got a saw yet! I have been woodburning and carving for a bit and decided it would be fun to try to combine all three arts together.

    I am a retired industrial seamstress and machinist so I am used to reading patterns and blueprints which I think may be helpful but not sure. Wood is a lot different than the materials I am used to working with but so far I love it!

  • #2
    You should do quite well at scrolling. It is alot like sewing...Just follow the lines...

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    • #3
      Where in northern Michigan?
      I've added caring to my scrolling recently. Tried some wood burning too. They all seem to go together well.
      Theresa - Roscommon MI


      • #4
        Welcome to the site... be sure to post pictures.

        There is an article in Issue 40, Fall 2010 that compares scroll saws if your interested and I found this article in the "review" section from the home page.
        Douglas Fraser
        Eagle River, Alaska

        My Gallery - Aurora Wood Crafts


        • #5
          Thanks for the welcomes! The difference between sewing and scrolling is I can't cut my fingers off sewing! I am from Interlochen Michigan- just west of Traverse City. Yes I am going to check out the review section. I am thinking of going with a craftsman 16 but really not sure yet. I tried the rockwell bladerunner as it was supposed to be good as a scrollsaw and it turned out to be junk, so now I am researching thoroughly before I buy.


          • #6
            I get some of my wood from rare earth hardwoods in Traverse City. Been to Interlochen a few times.
            It's hard to cut your finger off on a scroll saw. I let my kids use mine.




            • #7
              It looks safe and I have used many other saws but it seems like you need to get real close to the blade for some cuts. I am sure I will be fine and I am looking forward to the challenge. I have never been to Rare Earth Hardwoods myself- will have to check it out. I have been using pine and cedar board from Menards for my woodburning and aspen for carving. Now I want to get a little more serious about it so I will be looking for better wood.


              • #8
                Welcome to the forum and the fun. Trust that it is exceedingly difficult to do much damage to yourself with a scroll saw. Any cuts are usually no worse than a paper cut or an abrasion. They don't happen often. Relax, research saws, ask a lot of questions, and enjoy the experience. Don't forget to post photos. We love them.



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