Tauranga Woodcrafters Guild Inc.

2019 Annual Hands On Scrollsaw Workshop


Every year in April we run a "Hands On Scrollsaw Workshop"

at our Guild's Workshop - 3 Cherokee Place, Mt Maunganui, Tauranga.

Participants pay a fee to attend

Which includes: Set project materials, lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

We provide scrollsaws for people to use, though participants are also free to bring their own machines.

2019 Workshop


Eight people attended our 2019 workshop. They were evenly split between marquetry, fretwork and 3D scrollsaw interests, but with nobody registering to do intarsia work this year.

2019 Workshop


Members brought along a selection of their own work to show and to inspire the participants in our April 2019 Scrollsaw workshop.

2019 Workshop


Here Jacob von Holzen is working with two of the 2019 participants on their marquetry projects.

2018 Workshop


Sixteen people attended our 2018 workshop. It attracted some new participants with 7 attending for the first time. Those travelling the furthest were two observers, one from Whangarei and one from Wellington.

2018 Workshop


Participants in 2018 were evenly balanced between Fretwork, Intarsia and Marquetry this time, with some who had been before trying something different.

Jacob's Marquetry Hints


Jacob von Holzen has produced a summary of his Tips on marquetry for a course run by the Guild in earlier years. Click the Icon above to read the tips.



Marquetry is the art of applying pieces of veneer to a structure to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures. Marquetry differs from the more ancient craft of inlay, or intarsia, in which a solid body of one material is cut out to receive sections of another to form the surface pattern. The word derives from a Middle French word meaning "inlaid work".



Fretwork is an interlaced decorative design cut out with a fretsaw, coping saw, jigsaw or scroll saw. Originally ornamental patterns were used to decorate objects with a grid or a lattice design.



Intarsia is a woodworking technique that uses varied shapes, sizes, and species of wood fitted together to create a mosaic-like picture with an illusion of depth.