David Sylvester – Scroll Saw Artist

I’m sure that most of you know that we have a lot of very talented artists who work in a variety of media in our area. From painting to stained glass and from quilting to wood working and everything in between, there’s no end to the creative works that are produced locally. Several weeks ago Jack and I had the pleasure of spending some time with David Sylvester, an amazing scroll saw artist.

Dave frequently shops at both our Cripple Creek & Florissant Ace Hardware stores, which is where we first met him. We had seen many of his projects and he had made some things for our stores. We were amazed at the intricacy of his work and the uniqueness of his projects

. Dave was kind enough to make something for us and, when he brought it to the store, we began talking more about scroll saws and what he can do with them. Dave invited us to come to his home and learn more about what he does.

As you can imagine, Dave loves working with scroll saws and he uses a variety of wood and other materials (such as PVC) in his projects. He makes some very intricate pieces. He also enjoys teaching people how to use scroll saws, is very patient, and is a good teacher.

Jack and I both got to try our hand at using the scroll saws and there were a few surprises. The biggest challenge (for me) was simply trying to follow the markings for a simple Christmas tree. Sounds simple, right? 🙂 Well, not as easy as it seems… Needless to say, it’s going to take a lot more practice before any of my projects make it beyond our shop!

We enjoyed working with the saw and appreciated the time we spent with Dave. It’s great to know that we have him as a valuable resource as we work toward making something that’s recognizable. In the meantime, we ordered several things for the grand-kids for Christmas and Dave made them promptly for us. If you’d like him to make something for you, you can call or e-mail him. Be sure to check out the photos below of some of his projects and visit his web-site,, to see more.

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