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    I would like to have some options on which magazines to subscribe to. I know this is a SSW magazine message board… don’t be bias. I’m looking for the most informative magazine on scroll sawing. What do you think?
    -Bill

    My saw is a DeWalt788 Measure twice; cut once; count fingers after cut

  • #2
    I will step up and say I think SSW is the best. The reason why I say that is this - the material in the SSW magazine is fresh in comparison to others.

    This may be because they give scrollers like us here on the forum a chance to contribute to the magazine and not rely on regular designers.

    Designers have a style all their own and when you see the same designer in each issue you get the feeling you have "seen it before" and the excitment just isn't there. I used to look forward to patterns by some of the popular designers but now I find their work looks all the same and in some cases, it looks like they are struggling to come up with new designs and it shows, IMHO.

    I like seeing new people and new styles and things that make me say "wow" that is cool! Right now, I can't wait for the next issue of SSW.

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    • #3
      I use both Creative Woodcrafters and Scroll Saw Workshop. I feel that SSW is better. The patterns are more clear. More challenging. I get much more infomation from the articals. Creative Woodcrafters shares their material with carvers, and is not solely dedicated to the Scroll Saw community. I have seen some good material from Home and Gardens WOOD magizine, but they mostly deal with furnature makers, and not too much with scrollsaw art.

      Randy
      www.randyswoods.com
      Randy Anderson
      Intarsia Artist
      Email: [email protected]
      Website: www.randys-creative-woodworking.com

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      • #4
        Thanks for the input. It seems that SSW is the magazine for scroll sawers. I'll try it.
        -Bill

        My saw is a DeWalt788 Measure twice; cut once; count fingers after cut

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        • #5
          It's not a scroll saw magazine, but if you can find a January, 2005 issue of "Woodworking for Women" on the store shelves, there is an article on Beginning Scrollsawing, along with a couple scroll designs. The article covers some things like how to make the sharp inside and outside corners, stack cutting, etc.

          Theresa
          Theresa

          http://WoodNGoods.weebly.com

          http://woodngoods.blogspot.com

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          • #6
            SSW is the one.
            Mike M
            SD Mike

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            • #7
              Walker,
              SSW is easily the very best. That said, Creative Woodcrafts may be worth picking up, just because SSW only publishes 4 times a year. If you are new to scrolling, I can't praise Scrollsaw Workbook (this is a book, not a magazine) by John Nelson enough. It is like having an experienced scroller standing by your side guiding me. Welcome to some fun stuff! Sandy

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              • #8
                Once again, thanks for the input. sheltiecarver, My wife got me Scrollsaw Workbook by John Nelson for Christmas and I have gone through most of it. I really like that compound cut bow. And, yes, it is a very good book. I would recommend to anyone.
                -Bill

                My saw is a DeWalt788 Measure twice; cut once; count fingers after cut

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                • #9
                  http://www.mikesworkshop.com/newprod.htm
                  Check the above site for the Scroll Saw Workbook second edition. No tax and free S/H.
                  Mike M
                  SD Mike

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                  • #10
                    Theresa - thanks for mentioning Woodworking for Women. My husband has encouraged my joining him in the work shop and I have been getting this magazine. My first project was the snowman fireplace screen. I borrowed a friends saw to cut out the smaller pieces and my husband cut out the large pieces on the band saw. My daughters and I did the painting. It was truely a family project that we gave to a dear family friend for Christmas.

                    I am waiting for my scroll saw to arrive. It was a Christmas present and one of the accessories is on back order. I am enjoying reading the forum as I wait.

                    Jean

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                    • #11
                      I probably should keep quiet since I've seen one issue, the first, of Woodworking for Women. I was a bit offended by it and would not buy any more. IMHO they thought women couldn't do anything or wouldn't be interested in anything that wasn't super easy and "cute".
                      Easy and cute certainly have their place, but women can do other things.

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                      • #12
                        I do think the quality of projects in WFW has gotten better as the year progressed. I only mentioned it here because of the article on scroll sawing in the current issue. As I understand it, the magazine was created with the beginner woodworker in mind.

                        No need to keep quiet when you can politely state your opinion!

                        Theresa
                        Theresa

                        http://WoodNGoods.weebly.com

                        http://woodngoods.blogspot.com

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                        • #13
                          I'm sort of a magazine junkie. I have a habit of giveing many of them a year subscription as a trial period. Many have come and gone. I do regret subscribing to WFW. I was impressed with the first issue and thought it had potential to get better. Completely agree with Nancy G, it's going the "cutsey" route.

                          Actually my favorite hands down is SSW. With limited time, I'm sort of picky about what new projects I want to try out, but there's always something new in there that really grabs my attention. It seems to have a lot more fresh ideas.

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                          • #14
                            Well, after reading all the great responses I when ahead and subscribed to SSW. I got my trial edition the other day and, after looking over and reading some articles, I sent it in the same day.

                            Thanks again for the advice.
                            -Bill

                            My saw is a DeWalt788 Measure twice; cut once; count fingers after cut

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                            • #15
                              Scroll sawing magazines

                              I am new - both to this forum and scroll sawing. I first saw a copy of SSW on the newstand yesterday and picked it up. Looks good. Seems to be a little something for everyone. Nice to see some ladies on this forum. I'm on some others but there seem to be mostly men on them, including the "Women in woodworking" site This forum looks like one I will spend a lot of time on in the future.

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