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    A neighbor has asked me to make him a woodpecker door knocker. You know the kind that you pull a string to have the bird knock on a wooden back plate. It would be easy to make a plain one with a home made pattern from a woodpecker picture but I want to surprise him and make it with some fancy fretwork and that takes my pattern making skills beyond my capabilities or at least beyond a desire to even attempt that type of pattern.

    I find that I can cut out patterns much faster than I can make them and I am more interested in cutting patterns than actually designing them .

    Any suggestions as to where I could get a nice fretwork pattern for this project ?

    W.Y.
    http://www.picturetrail.com/willyswoodcrafting

    The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us

    Delta P-20 Scroll Saw, 14" x 43" Craftex Wood Lathe and Jet 10" Mini Lathe .

  • #2
    Try Scroll Saw Fretwork Paterns by Patrick Spielman & James Reidel.
    Sterling Publishing, 1989.
    There are a lot of background or frame patterns which could surround your woodpecker.
    A day without sawdust is a day without sunshine.
    George

    delta 650, hawk G426

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    • #3
      Thanks but I guess that was a scarce pattern to find because I posted the request on a few sites at the same time back on May 15 and this was the first response.
      In the meantime , I told my neighbor that I not only hate painting but I am not at all good at it. That was why I wanted to go the fretwork route. It was the bird itself that I wanted to know where to to buy the pattern for.
      So I made a (outline) pattern off a picture for the bird and the rest was basic carpentry and mechanics and gave it to him as an unfinished piece and he said his wife will paint it.
      I was glad to get out of that one.
      W.Y.
      Last edited by William Young (SE BC); 06-12-2006, 12:22 PM.
      http://www.picturetrail.com/willyswoodcrafting

      The task ahead of us is never as great as the power behind us

      Delta P-20 Scroll Saw, 14" x 43" Craftex Wood Lathe and Jet 10" Mini Lathe .

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      • #4
        if you do a two year subscription to SSW, theres a nice intarsia woodpecker that could be easily made into a door knocking fretbird! Its in a free special ultimate pattern collection special issue .Its an awesome collection of patterns in it great job Fox Chapel ! Dale
        Dale w/ yella saws

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