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    Scroll Saw Workbook 2nd Edition: Learn to Use Your Scroll Saw in 25 Skill-Building Chapters
    Author: John A. Nelson


    I found it browsing the Fox Chapel book range. Would you recommend it for a newbie like me?

    Also, anybody have this one and what do you think of it for a newbie:

    Animal Puzzles for the Scroll Saw: 30 Projects in Wood
    Author: Judy & Dave Peterson

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    I would definately recommend John Nelson's book.
    I used it to teach my girlfriend to saw.
    Fred


    There's a fine line between woodworking and insanity, I'm just not sure which side of the line I'm on!

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    • #3
      I also would highly recommend John Nelson's book. After going through it, with practice, anything is possible. Ray

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ken M
        Scroll Saw Workbook 2nd Edition: Learn to Use Your Scroll Saw in 25 Skill-Building Chapters
        Author: John A. Nelson

        Also, anybody have this one and what do you think of it for a newbie:
        Make sure you get the 2nd edition. The first edition has a number of typos and inaccurate/missing information. The 2nd edition in better in this respect. I, too, am a scroll saw newbie and after reading the library's copy of the first edition, I bought the 2nd edition from PSwood.com at a good price. This appears to be an excellent book.

        I would also recommen lessons and if that's not possible get a video. Seeing someone doing something makes reading about it even more valuable. There is a short video by Rick Hutcheson giving scrolling instructions on the ScrollSaw Association of the World website http://www.saw-online.com/ (I picked up some good information just touched on in Nelsons book). The video is in the box on the home page under NEW TO SCROLLING?

        There is another "getting started" book by Dirk Boelman (I don't remember the exact title) that the library is transferring to my branch so I can take a look at it. I have no idea how it is but Dirk has been around for a while and is an instructor.

        Clem
        Last edited by Clem Wixted; 09-24-2005, 09:11 PM. Reason: Spelling error

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        • #5
          Ken,

          You should definitely get John Nelson's book - it is almost like taking a class, with the experienced sawyer there, guiding you all the way. The other thing you should do is actually work through the lessons in order - at least the first 8 or 9 - because they build skills on top of the ones already mastered. It is a top-notch book!!
          The puzzle book should also be pretty good - the Petersons have had some excellent projects in SSW, so if you like their style (I love it!), you should be happy with your purchase.
          Keep in mind that I am a book junkie, but I think I am being pretty sane about these recommendations.
          You are in for some great fun - Enjoy!!
          Sandy

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