When it comes to wood crafting the choices are many. When one thinks of scroll sawing there are several areas to think about. Fretwork and Inlay are 2 that come to mind when thinking about 2 dimensional scroll sawing work. I consider Intarsia to be more 3 dimensional but all 3 of these use the scroll saw as the power tool of choice. Other woodworking choices are carving, wood turning, wood burning, and Whittling, just to name a few.
Scroll sawing is a wonderful, rewarding and easy woodworking hobby to get started with. Scroll sawing is good for your mental health it¹s a confidence builder and ideal for an entry level into woodworking. It brings you a true and immediate sense of accomplishment. It¹s ideal for all ages and both sexes.
Social attitudes are changing and there is an increase in the numbers of women entering into the area of woodworking. Employees at the home improvement and hardware stores often refused to take women seriously. These stores are frequently considered ‘masculine space’ where women’s presence is often discouraged. However tools don’t know whether you are a man or a woman. The only thing a tool responds to is the skill of the operator and women can often do more intricate work than a man.
When compared to all other power driven devices that cut wood, the scroll saw is unquestionably the safest, most user-friendly and easiest to master. It requires no mechanical skills and it allows for safely cutting small pieces of wood to quickly make a variety of projects. The intricate pieces you can create with a scroll saw range from inlay work to marquetry to fine fretwork. You can create jewelry, ornaments, toys and artistic woodworking pieces, and once you start scroll sawing, you will quickly gain experience and want to try all the various aspects like Intarsia, segmentation, relief-cutting and 3-D scrolling.
Not all wood crafters become proficient in all of the choices. One may enjoy creating Intarsia projects while another may prefer wood turning. However, experience in one area doesn’t prevent learning another. On the contrary, it’s likely you will try several, depending on your interest.
You can gather a wealth of information from the expert authors in magazines. There are many magazines available that cater to scroll work. One such magazine is “Creative Woodworks and Crafts”. You can order it on-line or you can probably pick it up at your local newsstand. Check your local library too for wood crafting magazines and books.
Scroll sawing is a very rewarding hobby and one that can give many hours of leisure time satisfaction. What a great hobby to have for your retirement free time and to build as a business for an additional income stream. Be sure to consider hobbies when you are planning for your retirement and the extra free time you will have.
Filling up your free time after you retire is more important than many thing. Doing nothing can very quickly make you bored, restless, stressed, unhappy and may soon lead you into things that will only cause more of the same.