Patterns for the Scroll Saw
Published by Fox Chapel Publishing Co. Inc., East Petersburg PA USA
As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 123
In her book 3D Patterns for the Scroll Saw, Diana Thompson uses the same basic technique as Henry Berns of cutting a front and side elevation to produce a 3D object. However, most of her designs are more complex, both in their shape and in the cutting required.
The result is often unexpected - when the waste is removed, 'like a box of Cracker Jacks, there's a surprise inside'. The use of multiple cutting lines creates effects that are not necessarily obvious when viewing the front and side elevations. To create your own designs of a similar nature would require careful thought and some trial and error.
While many of the projects are painted, there is little or no carving required after the blank is sawn. In most cases the angular edges formed by the scroll saw have been incorporated into the final design. A number of items have a partial fretwork appearance, enhanced by 3D elements.
To achieve the 3D effect some of the projects require two or more components that are sawn separately and then glued together.
The 45 projects include a Christmas candle, easter basket, Christmas tree, apple, sherries, pear, ghost over tombstone, wedding heart, golf bag, lamppost, tulip and a mailbox. Most are decorative items that can be used as collectible nic-nacs, small gifts or seasonal items for display. Each project consists of drawings for the front and side elevations and a colour photograph.
3D Patterns for the Scroll Saw provides inspiration for creative 3D designs using the scrollsaw (or bandsaw with a thin blade).