St John's Scroll Saw Pattern - Canadian Woodworking Magazine

Canadian Provincial Capitals Scroll Saw Patterns: Maybe it’s the fact of living on a rock stuck way out in the Atlantic ocean that makes the citizens of St. John’s just about the friendliest you’ll ever encounter.


St. John’s

Illustration by Marcus Cutler

... Or perhaps it’s because St. John’s has the most bars per capita in North America (or for that matter one of the lowest crime rates continent-wide). Whatever the reason, St. John’s is a wonderful city with an extraordinary harbour and waterfront.

The provincial tree is the black spruce (Picea Mariana), known as the bog spruce. The tree is actually more dark bluish green. Black spruce wood is a soft, lightweight yellowish white wood with long fibres that produce a very high quality pulp.

The scroll saw pattern shows the Cabot Tower with its 50' octagonal tower, built in 1897, and located on Signal Hill overlooking the city. At the top of the pattern is the shield from the provincial coat of arms. The shield is red, over which is a silver cross with lions and unicorns in the quarters.
Scroll Cutting Tips
Photo-enlarge the pattern to the size you want. Cover your substrate (such as ¼" Baltic birch ply) with masking tape, and then spray glue the pattern to the substrate. Using a #5 13 tpi blade, cut out the shaded areas on the template. Start cutting out the smallest areas first, moving on to the next larger areas. Once the pattern is cut out remove the masking tape, lightly sand as required, and then apply your chosen finish.

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