Canadian Woodworking


Author: Ted Duquette
Illustration: Marcus Cutler
Published: February March 2007

Canadian Provincial Capitals Scroll Saw Patterns: Halifax

The Bluenose, the Citadel, Holly Cole, Alexander Keith’s beer, the Nova Scotia International Tattoo, the Halifax Explosion, Sidney Crosby, Point Pleasant Park… names synonymous with Atlantic Canada’s most populous city. Founded in 1749, Halifax has the second largest harbour in the world, and the first largest natural harbour. Often called the ‘City of Trees’, it’s the home of Canada’s oldest park, the 75-hectare Point Pleasant Park. Halifax sits astride the Acadian Forest, rich in a diversity of northern hardwoods, spruce, fir, and an array of intermediate types of coniferous, deciduous and mixed forests. At the top of our pattern we have the Nova Scotia flag showing a blue cross or saltire, on a white background with a Scottish lion in the middle. The building is the Citadel Tower Clock, which dominates the Citadel proper and has been keeping Haligonians on time since 1803.

Scroll Cutting Tips

Photo-enlarge the pattern to the size you want. Cover your substrate (such as ¼” 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, and then apply your chosen finish.


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