In the beginning was scroll...

  • Advertise with us
Project by CFrye posted 01-11-2014 11:07 AM 2617 views 1 time favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little bit of my woodworking journey here. Just over one year ago my husband and I got back into woodworking after about a 25 year recess. The scrollsaw was the first ‘new’ tool repurchase. I had been surfing the net and found Steve Good’s Scrollsaw Workshop with free patterns and videos galore. Eventually I found Lumberjocks and the rest is … well you know.
The first pic is a puzzle cut from 1/4” plywood. #2 and #3 are cut from scrap luan. As you can see the “o” and the “e” in “Home” didn’t quite come out right. LOL #4 is a cube puzzle with less than precision cuts! #5 is my first shop made tool. Made to reach the tightening nut at the bottom of the scrollsaw blade. #6 is ancient history. These Christmas tree ornaments were made 25 years ago by my husband and I when we were stationed at Ft Lewis, WA as a young family. He cut them out on a now long gone scrollsaw, we painted them and decorated them with sale paper clippings! They doubled as toys for our son.
Thanks for walking down memory lane with us. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

-- God bless, Candy

31 comments so far

View Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)'s profile

Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

9239 posts in 4163 days

#1 posted 01-11-2014 11:51 AM

They are all looking great! It is nice to see you using a variety of wood and experimenting with a variety of projects and techniques. That is the only way to learn! The important thing is if you are enjoying yourself, then you will certainly want to continue. Steve’s forum is great! Steve is the one who suggested I come here to Lumberjocks and between the two places, I have met so many wonderful people with great tips and advice.

Thanks for sharing your work, Candy. I hope you continue to enjoy what you are doing and know that if you have any questions, we are all only an email away! :D


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

View Schwieb's profile


1921 posts in 4704 days

#2 posted 01-11-2014 12:36 PM

It’s all about being willing to try, experimenting, learning, developing skills. I look at things that I did even 5 years ago that I thought were pretty good and now think, I sure didn’t sand that very well, or whatever. Just have fun with it.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

View Roger's profile


21055 posts in 4047 days

#3 posted 01-11-2014 01:30 PM

Ahh, it’s always good to look back. All very nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

View doubleDD's profile


10702 posts in 3286 days

#4 posted 01-11-2014 02:42 PM

A walk down memory lane is a good thing to reflect your woodworking skills on. The Christmas tree ornaments are priceless. I have to ask, what kind of puzzle is picture one?

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

View HillbillyShooter's profile


5811 posts in 3535 days

#5 posted 01-11-2014 02:56 PM

Nice work and nice walk down memory lane. Thanks for sharing—it’s these little personal remembrances that bring the LJ community together as friends who grow to know each other. IMHO. ;-)

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

View terryR's profile


7656 posts in 3551 days

#6 posted 01-11-2014 03:55 PM

Thanks for sharing, Candy! HOW we all got here on LJ’s is always intriguing to hear.

BTW, your lettering in photo2 looks fine. IMO, the small differences in each letter gives the piece a hand made look, not made in china by a machine! :)

Keep it up!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

View CFrye's profile


11361 posts in 3082 days

#7 posted 01-11-2014 07:31 PM

Sheila, thank you for your encouragement. We talked before about stack cutting and I am amazed at the extra control it affords. Will post that project when done painting.
Dr. Ken, it wouldn’t be worth doing if it wasn’t fun. I do keep early projects to remind myself how far (or not) I’ve come!
Thank you Roger! Always good to hear your thoughts
Dave, the light colored pieces form the sides of the letters in the name “JESUS” when arranged in the proper order. Kind of helps to squint at it. Thank you for your thoughts.
John, this community is great. I can’t brag on it enough to my friends and coworkers!
Terry, I love to hear the stories behind the projects and getting to know all of you! The middles are missing from the two letters. Hey, it still communicates. So no biggie! Besides, my handwriting is awful, it’s probably only right that my scroll writing should follow!

-- God bless, Candy

View Don Broussard's profile

Don Broussard

4073 posts in 3494 days

#8 posted 01-12-2014 12:02 AM

@CFrye—I am looking at one just like your picture 1 under my TV (while I’m watching the Seahawks dominating my Saints). I like the handmade Christmas ornaments too.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

View Dallas's profile


3599 posts in 3730 days

#9 posted 01-12-2014 12:14 AM

Candy, I am not a scroller, but it looks to me like you are learning by leaps and bounds! Keep up the great work. We need more like you and your hubby here!

BTW, My FiL made a “Jesus” sign like that about 30-35 years ago for my wife and her Sunday school class.

He and she told me that if you turn it a certain direction it says the same thing in Hebrew of one dialect or another.

Beautiful work!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

View Celticscroller's profile


1286 posts in 3316 days

#10 posted 01-12-2014 01:20 AM

Good job Candy! Love the decorations. Keep it up! Sheila and Steve are the ones that kept me going on the scroll saw. Lots of fun! Thanks for sharing.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

View CFrye's profile


11361 posts in 3082 days

#11 posted 01-12-2014 02:39 AM

Don, sorry about your Saints buddy. I wasn’t cheering for the hawks if that makes you feel any better. Small world on the puzzle/sign.
Dallas, I had not been aware of the turning aspect of the sign. I’ll have to check into that. Thank you for the words of encouragement.
Anna, glad you like them. Appreciate all the great people here!

-- God bless, Candy

View AngieO's profile


1267 posts in 3390 days

#12 posted 01-12-2014 04:27 AM

Nice projects. I’ve got my scroll saw up on the bench and ready to go. I’ve played with it a little but not much yet. I’ve printed out some patterns and yesterday I bought some spray adhesive. Thanks for the link to the Steve Goods site. I have some patterns printed and ready to make my first projects. Now that my lumber is all organized I know what I have to make some things. :)

thanks for sharing.

View CFrye's profile


11361 posts in 3082 days

#13 posted 01-12-2014 04:54 AM

Looking forward to your projects Angie! Thanks for looking and commenting.

-- God bless, Candy

View Lee Leitner's profile

Lee Leitner

52 posts in 2915 days

#14 posted 01-12-2014 11:22 AM

Scroll saw seems so simple yet I feel it is one of the hardest techniques to master…I have never gotten the hang of it and avoid it if I can LOL…Keep at it…so far you look to be having a good start at it…I think the biggest key to it is patience which I seem to loose at the end of projects

-- Lee

View mafe's profile


13341 posts in 4332 days

#15 posted 01-12-2014 02:11 PM

Sweet Candy!
I was sure the first was Japanese letters.
Looking like you are getting the feel of the wood.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

showing 1 through 15 of 31 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics