Coach DYear: 2016
Species: Baltic Birch
Dimensions: 11 x 14
Quantity Available: 4
Once a composite image is created it is transferred to a sheet of wood and details are further refined until the image to be cut is finalized. Holes are precisely drilled through every "island of shadow" to allow an entry point for the blade.
Once all of the shadows are removed, the image that remains is carefully sanded, sealed with oil and sprayed with several coats of clear finish. Finally, the piece is framed over a contrasting mat, which highlights the depth and fine details of the piece.
I'm Jay Roberts, scroll saw artist and owner of JMR Designs. Figuring out what I want to be when I grow up has been a life long endeavor. I've been grown up for quite a while now but all I ever want to do is "play" in my workshop. For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed the creative process; starting with a blank slate, coming up with an original design and turning it into a reality. I've made jewelry, wooden toys and furniture, and even finished a basement. I enjoy not just the act of completing the projects but the knowledge and skills gained from each experience. I may need to do other things to make ends meet but I feel very fortunate to have the love and encouragement of family and friends which has allowed me to make JMR Designs a reality.
I studied construction management at Michigan State University, graduated and worked in the industry for several years. Management has its perks but there is nothing like the experience of creating unique expressions of artistry with your own hands. When I'm not caring for my two amazing kids, I can be found in my workshop sawing, sanding, or finishing my latest piece.
For about 20 years I have dedicated most of my free time to designing and creating art in various forms. I'm always keeping an eye on the world around me as a source of inspiration for my next creative endeavor. I hope the passion I have for this is evident in my work.