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Monday, October 18, 2010

Bowl class at Norwalk, CT Woodcraft store

Well, yesterday was my all-day bowl class. Of my four students, one had never used a scroll saw, one had a little experience, and two were beginners. I am pleased to say that by 4PM, everyone had completed and sanded a decent looking bowl, including the brand new scroller.

I was exhausted by the end of the day, since except for the 30 minutes I took for lunch, I was constantly helping someone with one thing or another, and I'm not used to being "on" for such a long period of time. But I'm glad that I did it, and would do it again--but not for a while!


  1. I'd love to take a class like that. Don't suppose you've ever thought of taking your show "on the road" a wee bit farther north. There must be other folks up here in NH who might like to give it a try.

  2. Good for you Carole. I really enjoy giving scrolling classes as well. Haven't taught any since I moved to Hawaii. Really have not found anyone that wishes to learn how to scroll. It's a good feeling to see someone that picks it up really fast isn't it. When I was hiring people to help me scroll a few years ago, 3 of the 4 people working for us were women. If they knew how to sew on a sewing machine, I found they could learn to run a scroll saw very fast.


  3. Larry, a lot of women see the similarity between the sewing machine and the scroll saw right away. Unfortunately, that kind of association tends to make harder for "mainstream" woodworkers to take it seriously.

    Dreamtime8, maybe when this new book is finished, and I have some spare time, I could look into other Woodcraft stores. So far, whenever I've gotten a bid, like from a scrollsaw picnic, it's largely on my dime, and that's something I have a hard time with. So, we'll just have to see what happens.

  4. If you do ever think of trying other venues outside your immediate area, look into Homestead Woodworking school (www.woodschoolnh.com). It's got a great reputation in the seacost NH area, and Alan, the owner, is a really nice guy. The school is in an old converted barn on a rural road. He does some classes with scroll saws, but just the basics.

  5. That is great what you did..I am starting a ScrollSaw club here in Indianapolis and will be using the Rockler store to meet at..I am planning on doing a class and or demo on bowls..I just love your book and tell everyone about it..And I can't wait for your NEW book. Keep up the inspiration..