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Brand new and veteran scroll sawers will like this all-year pattern book!
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Holiday Ornaments For The Scroll Saw

By Rick and Karen Longbaugh

Paperback, 115 pages

Fox Chapel Publishing

Whether you are new to the scroll saw or a veteran, Holiday Ornaments contains over 300 patterns (from the Berry Basket

The patterns are clear and easy to copy.
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Collection) that will keep you busy year-round. Unlike some pattern books, Holiday Ornaments does not cover Christmas only but rather contains 13 different sections of patterns from Classics to Religious, Wildlife, Children and of course, a full range of winter holiday pieces.

The patterns are cleanly printed with a gray background that copies well but shows where the through holes are for reference when cutting. Each section contains patterns from easy to complex, suitable for scroll saw veterans and those new to this machine, like me. I cut my first ornament at the scroll saw for this review, using one of the patterns from Holiday Ornaments.

Cutting my first ornament was easy, thanks to this book!
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Along with the patterns, the Longbaughs provide in-depth instructions for everything from copying the patterns to selecting materials, blades and a range of common cutting techniques. The well-written text is supported with many high-quality photos that make important points very clear. When cutting is complete, they even guide the reader through common finishing and hanging of the new ornament.

For the beginner, the information contained in Holiday Ornaments will help get you going quickly. After copying a few patterns, I followed the instructions for attaching the pattern to the wood and cutting it out. The result is shown in a photo in this review. It’s a little shaky (my fault) but for my first try, it’s great.

The information and techniques are presented in a clear, understandable manner that makes using this book fun and educational. This is a good read for the living room easy chair or on the bench in the shop.

Conclusions

With a street price of only $16.95, (10-10,2005), Holiday Ornaments for the Scroll Saw is a must-have if you enjoy making things for your home or friends.

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