Scroll Saw

The scroll saw focus group meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7:30pm - 9:00pm in the Guild’s Don Tietjens Hall, 38 Featherston St, Palmerston North. The guild owns three scroll saws for teaching the craft.

The Pyrography, Carving and Scrollsaw groups also come together on the third Thursday of every month from 7:30pm - 9:00pm.

All other Focus Group members are welcome to attend.

Scroll sawing is the cutting of patterns into timber. This can include fretwork or intarsia. There are many projects that can be undertaken on a scroll saw in either wood or other media.

Learners start with very simple projects and then move on to more challenging ones,  including intarsia. This is the cutting and the shaping of different woods to make a picture. One of the features of intarsia is in the use of different coloured timber to pick out the features in a picture.


INTARSIA uses a scroll saw to cut different timbers to form an art scene. The craftsperson uses various woods and grains to build up the image.

MARQUETRY is done with wood veneers.

There are skilled craftspeople in the Guild who enjoy helping others develop these skills.

Scroll Saw...

A scroll saw is one of the safest machines to use. Once you gain experience you can produce beautiful craft work. FRETWORK, is the process of cutting designs and patterns in wood which are then often mounted on a background to produce wonderful artwork.

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