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A little about me:
I started scrolling approximately 25 years ago (1991 I believe) on a old, pinned-style saw.  I bought a 16” Delta scroll saw in 1995, and donated that saw in 2008. I hadn’t really touched the Delta saw in about 3 years up until December 2005 when I cut my wife a Celtic cross for our 21st wedding anniversary. I have since "graduated" to an Excalibur EX-21 scroll saw in April 2006 and I have cut approximately 500+ pieces on it since then.  

Photo above is from the 2006 Scott AFB Art and Craft Show (I'm the one with the camera and dark blue shirt).  This photo actually made the base paper and was taken by Marv Lynchard.  I'm explaining a piece of my art to fellow Chiefs, Command CMSgt Hunsinger and CMSgt Guzman.  I belong to the Scott Artists and Crafters Guild and was an exhibitor as well as a volunteer to help set up / work this show.  
I'm Microsoft certified and a computer "geek."  I maintain this site as well as maintain my family site on my own web server.  I also have a blog, and am involved in several online forums/communities.  I'm also a semi-professional photographer which comes in quite handy integrating photography, computers, pattern making, and woodworking.  I have been a woodworker all my life (my father was a master carpenter), and I was a carpenter in the USAF during my first 9 years of service.
The USAF has taken me all over the world and I'm currently stationed at Eielson AFB, Alaska ... "Ready to go at 50 below!"  I own / use all of my own tools but on occasion do utilize the base's Arts and Crafts Center for wood planing, etc.
- 1995, Seymour Johnson AFB Arts & Crafts Show, Woodworking, 1st place
- 1996, Incirlik AB Arts & Crafts Show, Woodworking, 1st place; 2d place at
- 2002, Lackland AFB Arts & Crafts Show, Photography: Three 1st places, two
  2d places; one 1st place at HQ AETC
- 2004, San Antonio Express-News, Photography Honorable Mention
- 2004, Scott AFB Art & Crafts Show, Photography Honorable Mention
- 2005, Scott AFB Art & Crafts Show, Photography Honorable Mention
- 2007, Scott AFB Art & Crafts Show, Woodworking Honorable Mention 
- 2007-2008, Four pieces featured on the Air Force Gallery
- 2008-2009, Six pieces (three scroll sawn and three photos) selected for
  the Air Force Gallery Showcase.
Recent shows where work has been displayed:
- Scott AFB Art & Crafts Show (October 2006)
- Arts & Crafts Center Open House (March 2007)
- Scott AFB Library (23 pieces, Apr – Jun 2007)
- Scott AFB Art & Crafts Show (October 2007)
- Hurlburt Field Arts & Crafts Show (November 2007)
- Northwest Florida Fair, Fine Arts Show (October-November 2008)
  -- Honorable Mention on "Spiderman"
- Hurlburt Field Arts & Crafts Show (November 2008)
Where examples of work can currently be seen:
- Mt Rushmore/Dakotas and dedication sign pieces in the “
Land That I Love” art mural, in the 375th Medical Group’s Aeromedical Staging Facility (ASF), at the Scott AFB Hospital
- Cardinals (MLB), Rams (NFL), & Purple Heart Medal cuttings, donated to the ASF on 20 Sep 07
- Purple Heart Medal on loan to the Commando Pride Airmen Center at Hurlburt Field 

Customer / fellow scroller testimonials
Customers and fellow scrollers' words are more powerful than anything I can say for myself:
 “Jesse, you know I am always a fan of your work. Great job!” Deb aka DebScrolls

“That is a great pattern and cut, Jesse. I'd like to look over your shoulder and see how you manage to always have such clean lines!!!” Gayle

“Jesse, I love this design, and you really did a super job of cutting it!” Connie

“Beautiful job Jesse!!! I love the smoothness you always manage to get! Love the pattern too!” Jeannette

“Jesse - it's always a treat when you add to your album. You have a unique style and finish all your pieces so beautifully. Everything has such a clean sleek look!!” Gayle

“Jesse, wow what a neat cut. Wish I could produce cuts that clean and crisp.” Pappy in Hawaii

“That is just plain outstanding! I love how you always get such clean lines when you cut.” Sylvia aka Jr Ranger aka Sawdust Mistress

“Very nice work Jesse. Nice choice of woods as well.” Kevin

“What a cute face, and the cutting looks great. I love your clean lines you must have the patience of Job.” Sylvia

“Great clear, sharp cutting. If we do find out who made the pattern kudos to them, and to you on the puuurfect cutting!” Mike

“I don't know how I almost missed these, beautiful work my friend. I really love the way they all look, but the turtle just looks way cool.” Sylvia