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Project by Verna posted 04-02-2011 08:59 PM 2184 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I guess I’ve been here long enough to post some of my past completed projects. I do mostly scrollsawing. My family jokes that is because I can’t cut a straight line….and that could be true!!

The first picture is the scrollsaw baskets (sorry, but red oak is a wonderful wood for these baskets) that I have made. They’re made from patterns by Monroe Dutcher. They are each scrollsawn from one piece of lumber, except for the vertical strips and the pegs for the handles. They are not woven baskets, but are scrolled in the shape of a woven basket. The larger baskets are large enough to hold two bottles of wine and two wine glasses.

The second picture is of “Birds on a Wire”, a butterfly and a hummbingbird. The birds and butterfly are cut from 1/2” cherry, glued to baltic birch with a red oak frame. I gave them to a friend who had the perfect place for them, above her fireplace.

The next picture is one of my favorites. I was helping at a Habitat for Humanity home. The new homeowner was digging the postholes for her new deck. She kept hitting metal and it was the horseshoe. I promised her I would make her something for her new home. Using a piece of Ambrosia Maple, I used Rare Earth Magnets to hold the horseshoe to the wood. Because her daughter loved butterflies, I scrolled the butterfly getting nectar from the Rose of Sharon blossoms. And, I just happened to give them a few Rose of Sharon bushes from my yard.

Last, but not least, is Seemore. While not a good picture, hopefully you can see enough. Seemore is the very first hardwood project I tackled in 1981. He is made from 4/4 and 8/4 Mahogany. The rockers are 48” long and he stands 30” tall at the head. It’s from a pattern I found in a Better Homes and Gardens book. What’s amazing to me about this, is that I was taking Woodworking at an adult education class at a local high school, and I had never used a bandsaw, tablesaw, planer, jointer or drill press before. But, I finished Seemore in time for my niece’s first Christmas. Quite a challenge, but quite a learning experience, too. I was definitely hooked.

Now that I have retired, I have more projects on my plate. I have a live edge entertainment shelf that I’m working on, learning how to inlay veneers, and everything else that I haven’t had time for. Hopefully I’ll be finishing some of those projects soon.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#1 posted 04-02-2011 09:08 PM

Verna, Verna, Verna—these are amazing!
The baskets are “wow”.

And the story behind the horseshoe (and Rose of Sharon bushes)—teary-eyed story! You are amazing.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 04-02-2011 09:40 PM

I thought they were woven when I first saw the pics. Then I read they were made with a scroll saw. Nice. I would love to know more about the process. What angle do you tilt the scroll saw table to cut these? How wide do you cut the “rings”?
Thanks for sharing

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 04-02-2011 10:09 PM

Thank you, MsDebbie. Now you know why the horseshoe/butterfly is one of my favorites—the find and the story about the piece. Both mother and daughter loved the piece.

Thanks, Scott. The wine baskets require a 9 degree angle and the candy basket (pictured) requires a 14 degree angle. Each ring is approximately 1/8” thick on the wine basket, and closer to 1/16” on the candy basket. I bought the pattern books from here (although the first volume isn’t pictured in the catalog at this time).

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#4 posted 04-02-2011 10:16 PM

Thanks for the link verna. I will check it out. I figured it was a similar process to what I use to make scroll saw bowls. What blade size would you recommend?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#5 posted 04-02-2011 10:24 PM

I recommend Olsen #7 PGT. With the angle of cut, the sides and ends of the baskets come out so shiny that it looks like I spent hours sanding….when in fact, I do no sanding on the individual layers, except for the base, the rim and the handles. And you’re very welcome.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#6 posted 04-03-2011 12:10 AM

Wow Verna!
Glad you decided to post these great projects. I would never have thought those baskets were made on a scroll saw. All of these projects show some nice skill. Looking forward to many more.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#7 posted 04-03-2011 01:15 AM

SCROLLSAWN you are kidden me ….. they look awesome
but as you I realy like the horseshoe project :-)

thankĀ“s for sharing some of your work with us Verna


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#8 posted 04-03-2011 03:43 AM

Hey Verna
Looks like retirement is working out,you’ve got a ton of cool projects I like em all.


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#9 posted 04-03-2011 04:06 AM

Awesome, Verna! I can testify to how amazing the baskets are. I had Verna make one for me which I gave to my mother for Mothers Day. She adores it.

I do love the horseshoe display. It was a great thing you did and definitely added a very personal touch to a brand new home.

-- "Being a perfectionist does not make one perfect..."

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#10 posted 04-03-2011 05:46 AM

I love the baskets especially. Great job!

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#11 posted 04-04-2011 03:48 AM

Your projects are fantastic. You are very talented. I look forward to seeing more.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#12 posted 04-04-2011 06:38 AM

Some very nice woodworking Verna The baskets caught my eye, and then they are not woven but cut on a scroll saw! Impressive, looks woven from here. You did a good job.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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