Scroll sawers


The Scroll sawers meet on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 9:30am at the Guild's Workshop.

Meetings each month

The Scroll sawers' meetings are listed in our Guild Brochure . We have scroll saws available in the workshop for members to use and people are also free to bring their own equipment to the meetings.

Experience is shared

Group interests are evenly split between marquetry, fretwork, 3D scrollsaw, and intarsia. Experienced members willingly share knowledge and then work with new members who are learning the skills.

2019 work highlights

Here are some recent highlights of work completed in 2019.

2018 workshop

Jacob's marquetry hints

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

Participants in 2018 were evenly balanced between Fretwork, Intarsia and Marquetry.

Jacob von Holzen has produced a summary of his tips on marquetry for a course run by the Guild in earlier years. See our hints and tips page.



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.