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Old 02-20-2010, 07:51 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,


I live in Brussels / Belgium and I speak french, a little dutch and english, but very bad I hope you will be indulgent with all my faults


Two months ago I discovered scroll saw and Intarsia on Internet and all the wonderfull things which can be made by this technic and I said : "WAW, that's exactly what I would like to do".

I found the beautifull patterns from Judy Gale Roberts, Katy Wise, Janette Squarre , Bruce Worthington, Garnett Hall and a few others...


After all my researches, it seems to me that scroll saw is not very widespread in Europe, and Intarsia almost nearly unknown. So it is very difficult to find a good scroll saw, books, magazines, other scrollers or intarsia-ers, wood...

I wanted to buy the DeWalt 788 scroll saw, but it is impossible to find it in Europe. Why ?
The Dremel scrollstation too :-)
Wood in different essences : difficult.

In a few weeks I hope that I can begin my first projects in scroll saw and Intarsia.

I am very glad to have found this scroll saw community. I have already learned a lot from Jim-mex with his Inkscape tutorial and Toucan tutorial which gave me the idea to use this software. I followed all the lessons with the pinguin. Thanks Jim

Thanks to all of you for your beautiful projects.


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Welcome to the best scroll saw information site.
Don't be afraid to ask any question, there are a lot of people here that are very willing to help. I know, I have received some very good help from them.
Have a nice day and keep making saw dust. Annd we love to see pictures of your work
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Old 02-21-2010, 05:18 AM   #3
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You've certainly arrived at the best site around for scrollers Philou.You will get lots of help and information here, just ask and someone will be ready with an answer for you. You are right about scrolling in Europe, it is not as popular as in the U.S. and other countries where different woods are easily available. We can't get the high end saws here either but there are a lot of very good alternatives. I have managed to get books frpom Amazon and other sites. Just try Googleing them. Again welcome to the site and good luck with your projects. Hope to see some pictures of your work.

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I am very glad to have found this scroll saw community. I have already learned a lot from Jim-mex with his Inkscape tutorial and Toucan tutorial which gave me the idea to use this software. I followed all the lessons with the pinguin. Thanks Jim
Yes Jim has been an inspiration to us all. He has a wicked sense of humour too.
Check out the intarsia section regularly too.
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Old 02-21-2010, 06:26 AM   #4
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Finally someone from Belgium!!

Welcome here Philou, I'm glad to meet you. You found the best forum for scrollsawers, and to meet the most friendly people. You'll love it here.
I'm from Putte (Mechelen) and I know how hard it is to find the right wood, scroll saw, or even people who do know something about intarsia .
Do you have already a scroll saw? take a look at
www.figuurzaagfiguurzagen.be De Pinte (Gent)
www.willyvanhoutte.be Beernem
www.debaptist.nl that's a big one in the Netherlands
and at www.tendotools.be Lier they have a scroll saw too (165€)
I have a Hegner 2 with variable speed from the store in De Pinte.
Books I order by www.amazon.com, they are much cheaper to order there in USA then order in Beernem.
If you have questions just ask them, you'll get help soon.
I speak dutch, english(best), french (good but writing is not so good) and german ( speak, understand, read but don't let me write it!), in our little country we have tree languages and because we are so international almost everyone know english too.
I wish you all the luck in your new hobby,
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Philou : I know that you will enjoy this fine site with penty of topics and patterns also . Their's a lot of great skilled people here , and friendly too . So a big Welcome and we'll rool out the red carpet for you ..........
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Hi Philou - Bienvenue, welkom, welcome y bienvenido (the last one is my greeting from Mexico!)

Congratulations on finding the best scrolling forum on the internet and as a bonus you've also found Frieke!!!! I bet she is so happy now to find someone else in Belgium who is interested in scrolling.

Congratulation on following my Inkscape tutorial - I think your English can't be so bad if you can understand me. So when are you going to make the Toucan pattern?

Ref scrolls saws in Europe. The Hegner is a very good saw but may be a little expensive for you. If you prefer to buy a budget saw first take a look at www.amazon.co.uk who have 3 or 4 models listed including Draper, Titan and Erbauer. Also there is a good UK saw from a company called Axminster. If you ask on the forum under the Tools and Blades section you are sure to get some recommendations from European users.

I look forward to seeing your first projects and don't worry about the English, it can only get better!!
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Hi Philou, welcome to the best scrolling forum!

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Hello Philou, Welkom to a great site. I have friends in Diksmuide. Don't know how far you from there. If you have a change, go and visit them. He and his wife made some fantactic scroll saw cuttings all with a hand frame.Hope this works. Hand-cut Milan Cathedral - Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Photo Gallery
They only talk Dutch. Email me and I will give you their address. mike@mikesworkshop.com.I think they can help you a lot how to find wood and other things. I have to disagree with you about scrolling not "After all my researches, scroll saw is not very widespread in Europe". Checkthis "http://www.ukworkshop.co.uk/forums/". Mike
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hi philou,
welcome too the site.i too thaught like you when i started scrolling,where do i find books etc.have a look at the amazon site ,you should find what you are looking for.you are certainly right about how widespread scrolling has gone,but sadly not enough in eourope.i shal be checking some of the links posted on some of the replys for scrollsaws.anyway,welcome too the site and if you have anymore questions dont be afraid too ask,help is somthing that is in plentiful supply here.
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Hello Philou, Welkom to a great site. I have friends in Diksmuide. Don't know how far you from there. If you have a change, go and visit them. He and his wife made some fantactic scroll saw cuttings all with a hand frame.Hope this works. Hand-cut Milan Cathedral - Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts Photo Gallery
They only talk Dutch. Email me and I will give you their address. mike@mikesworkshop.com.I think they can help you a lot how to find wood and other things. I have to disagree with you about scrolling not "After all my researches, scroll saw is not very widespread in Europe". Checkthis "http://www.ukworkshop.co.uk/forums/". Mike
Hey Mike,

I called those people several times but they don't answer, maybe you gave the wrong number?Don't they have email? That would be a lot easyer.
I checked that forum in UK, they have lot of members, but only a very small part of scrollsawers , not fun at all, I'll stay here where I like it. And for us Belgian people, UK is not an option. For example, if you want to order something by amazone.UK you have to have an adress in the UK or they don't send you anything, I order in USA. People from UK or Ireland don't find lot of wood or good scroll saws, believe me , in Europe it is bad for scrollsawers.
In Belgium there is one store who has a forum too, there are five messages in it over the last few years...

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