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.

Upcoming Meetings and Events:

The Picnic
9:30 am to 3 pm on August 1st at Moir Park in Bloomington

Moir Park is located at 104th Street S and Morgan Avenue in Bloomington. See the instructions on how to order food following the President's Message.

President's Message

The lazy days of summer are upon us, and it’s time to crack open the windows. There are lawns to be mown and gardens to be sown. It is the season of church picnics, of graduations, of road trips and reunions. It’s time for Little League and launching boats, and vacations that last forever only to be gone in an instant. The days are long, the grill is warm, and fireflies rule the night (if you have young children, anyway). We’re so busy having fun that we don’t have time for fun anymore.

Well- hopefully there’s a little time for fun. It can be a great time to open the garage door, feel the breeze swirl out the last of winter’s sawdust, and wait for the neighbor to poke his head in to ask “whatcha working on?” Because secretly-- or not so secretly, as the case may be-- we all like to show off, just a little. I hope you can find a chance to fire up the saw a little, talk to the neighbor a little, and yes, show off just a little, because the lazy days of summerwhen we stop to catch a breathare just that. There’s something special about the quiet times in the dog days, when we do things not because they're scheduled, not because they're necessary, but just for the joy of doing them. The lazy days of summer. I hope you can find them this season.

The relative scarcity of these moments is part of what makes them so magical. I’d hate for you take these times for granted, so we do have a few things coming up to keep you busy. Take a look at the newsletter for info on things you can take part in, like the Midwest Scroll Saw Trade Show, the Summer Picnic, and the State Fair demos. I’d talk about these a little more, but they’ve been laid out so well in the following pages; what I say would not do these events justice. Thanks as always to Katie for the outstanding newsletter, and a huge thank-you to the organizers of the State Fair demos and the Picnic.

Ok, I will say one thing about the Picnic: BBQ Beef and Pork?—now you’ve got my attention. Hope to see you all there.

Sign up for your food at the Picnic

The menu will be BBQ beef and pork for only $5.00 per person. Please send checks, and tells us your preference of beef or pork, in advance to Jon Carlson to help us get a count so we know how many meals to order. 

Make your check payable to NorthStar Scrollers and send them to:

                                            Jon Carlson
3270 148th Street West
Rosemount, MN 55068

Previous Meetings:
December 2014
Nancy Dardis, a local, accomplished, and entertaining Pyrography Artist helped us explore the art of pyrography. 

November 2014
November's Meeting featured an all-star panel of Intarsia gurus. Jim Ryan, John Engler, Katie McBride, and Swede Bengston were on hand giving out the tricks of the trade for their favorite technique.
October 2014
October was all about hands-on work and good conversation as we cut wooden toys to support our favorite charity, TLC Toys.  Thanks to all who were on hand to help!
September 2014
Our own NSS member, Travis Beard, creates beautiful Marquetry projects using wood veneers. He shared his knowledge and creative ideas on using veneer wood to enrich our projects. There are some self-help training courses in marquetry and parquetry under the Resources tab at:
The History of Marquetry can be found at: http://www.americanmarquetrysociety.com/Marquetry.html