Welcome to the home of Minnesota's scroll saw artists.
Fretwork designs were traditionally cut out with a fretsaw, but today most often with a scroll saw. The example on the left was created by North Star Scrollers member 'Swede' Bengtson. Click on the link at the left to view more examples from our talented members.
 Intarsia can be traced back to the middle ages in Italy. During the 1970's a new revival of the art form occurred that has resulted in an increase in the number of artists and designers who work with this beautiful dimensional art form. The piece at the left was created by North Star Scrollers member Jim Ryan and currently hangs on display at the Savage, Minnesota Public Library. Click on the link at the left to view the Intarsia gallery.
 Segmentation or portrait segmentation has been described by author Patrick Spielman as painted intarsia. Speilman says that rather than using wood's natural colors and textures, segmentation projects are usually made from one board in which pieces are cut from a pattern, colored with dye, the edges are rounded and the pieces are reassembled with glue to form the portrait. Here we feature the work of Rochester native and North Star Scroller member Matt Zarling.
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Updates from  ScrollSaw Woodworking and Crafts

iHandy for your Smartphone
Check out the Info Exchange section at ScrollSaw Woodworking and Crafts for their note on the free iHandy Level app, available for both the Apple iPhone and Android based phones. Looks like a useful device. The app turns your smart phone into a level. A more sophisticated version, the iHandy Carpenter, adds addition features such as a protractor, plumb bob, ruler and two levels for $1.99. 

Other Updates
Check the Suppliers page where we have added new contact information about wood supplies available from club member Jim Mielke.

Upcoming Meetings and Events

NorthStar Scrollers Meeting
May 3, 2014

9:30 - 11:30 AM

Knights of Columbus Hall

1114 American Blvd.

Bloomington 55420 – Lower Level

Jock Holmen - Master Carver

Jock will be talking about small workshop organization including his small portable work bench.


Jock Holmen has dedicated his entire work life to woodworking and woodcarving, specializing in Scandinavian styles.  He was elected in January 2013 as the president of the Viking Woodcarvers Club in Bloomington, MN.  2012 marked his first year as a woodworking judge at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American National Juried Exhibitions in Decorah, Iowa. Jock was awarded his Gold Medal in woodworking in 2009 and earned six ribbons total. He won the First Place Carving award at the 2005 Northern Woods Exhibition in Minneapolis. He has appeared on television in the Twin Cities and Chicago areas, and is a frequent speaker and demonstrator at woodworking and Scandinavian festivals in the Midwest.

Coming Events:

The Rosemount Area Arts Council

The Woodcrafters Show

May 15-18, 2014 at the Steeple Center, 14375 South Robert Trail in Rosemount.

American Craft Council

St. Paul Show

April 11-13 2014 – St. Paul RiverCentre

A three-day event of all things handmade will be taking place at the St. Paul RiverCentre! There will be more than 225 of the top contemporary jewelry, clothing, wood workers, furniture, and home décor artists from across the country gathered under one roof. It’s high-quality American craft like you’ve never seen before! This is the American Craft Council’s only Midwest show – a must-attend for craft lovers! More Info: http://shows.craftcouncil.org/stpaul

ON-SITE ADMISSION$12 one-day pass; $28 three-day pass
FREE for American Craft Council members and children 12 and under.