Canadian Woodworking


Author: Ted Duquette
Illustration: Marcus Cutler
Published: April May 2006

Canadian Provincial Capitals Scroll Saw Patterns: Regina


Regina, or “Pile of Bones” as it was originally referred to by the First Nations peoples, is the 16th largest city in Canada. It’s home to the University of Regina, the First Nations University of Canada, and the RCMP’s training academy. It’s also the birthplace of one of our most important political leaders, Tommy Douglas, as well as musician Colin James, and actor Leslie Nielsen. On this pattern, the lion represents the link to merry old England; ‘Regina’ of course, is the Latin word for Queen. The golden wheat sheaves depict the important role of agriculture in the local economy. You can’t help but notice the abundance of trees in Regina, though it’s located in the middle of the prairies – over 350,000 of them, virtually all planted since the founding of the city. Unfortunately, Dutch elm disease appears to present a real threat to the future of this man-made forest.

Scroll Cutting Tips

Photo-enlarge the pattern to the size you wish. Cover your substrate (such as 1⁄4″ 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, then apply your chosen finish.


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