NORM'S SCROLL SAW ART
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About Norm

At the end of June 2003 I retired and was looking for something to do as my wife was still working.  My friend Jerl had been after me for years to “come on over and let’s make some sawdust.”  I had put him off for so long that I figured I now had time to see what all this “sawdust” business was about.  So I jumped in the truck to go check it out.

What I found was a great new hobby.  I spent every weekday from nine to five for six weeks in his garage/shop learning everything I could about scroll sawing.  Of course what I did not realize at the time was that I was monopolizing his saw and as a result he could not do his projects.  But, I continued to absorb as much as I could as fast as I could.  The middle of August a DeWalt 788 was delivered to my house, and I set up shop in my garage.

With all the help and instruction I got, I have been able to enter my work in scroll saw picnic competitions and our county fair.  So far the results have been very good.  I have found that scroll sawing is similar to so many other activities in that you have to continue to challenge  yourself if you expect to improve.  My major emphasis continues to be fretwork, but custom work offers the best opportunity to try something new.  As most of my craft shows are at churches, I have made over 100 different crosses and several angels.  My favorite subject is wildlife because I love the outdoors and being in the woods.

Another thing that Jerl did for me was to introduce me to the craft shows that he did in the area before he moved away.  As a result I now do these shows.  On the average I do 8-10 shows per year which earns enough income to support my wood habit.  Craft shows are a lot of fun and I highly recommend you give them a try.

As my name gets out on what I do, I get calls and emails from all over the country with requests to do work for people.  Most of these contacts are from people who have seen my work which was purchased by others.

In September 2007 I built a 12’ X 24’ free standing building that is my shop.  This shop is not your typical woodworker’s shop as it is totally laid out for scrolling.  I can go from wood selection to the scroll saw with minimum movements around the shop.  In June 2008 I changed out the DeWalt for an Excalibur 21.

Enjoy my site and thanks for coming by.  If you have any questions, please contact me.  I would love to talk with you.

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