Q: In what format are the patterns available once I download them?
A: All of Volker’s patterns and instructions are downloadable as PDF files. Files can then be printed and cut out as needed. Physical CDs can also be purchased for an additional charge ($5 within the US; $7 for international orders) to cover the shipping and handling.
Q: Where can I find the parts/kits to build Volker’s amazing pyramids?
A: I am working with a supplier to obtain these materials and plan on offering these kits and parts on my site. Until then, you can try to obtain most of the parts you’ll need at your local hardware store or search online.
Q: Can these patterns be cut out with a laser cutter and is there a limit to how many projects I can create and sell?
A: Originally, these patterns were designed for scrollsaw work only. They may be cut out using any method, however the patterns may need some fine tuning to work with a laser cutter. If you do plan to mass produce more than 50 projects per pattern, please contact me directly and I will assist you in obtaining permission from Volker Arnold to mass produce these items.
Q: Can I purchase individual patterns, or do I need to purchase the entire Volker collection?
A: Of course you may purchase single patterns, but in my experience, you’ll be back for the rest of the patterns, because they are so good. I am in the process of adding individual patterns to our website, but if there is one that you are particularly interested in that is not currently listed, please email me and I can provide you with a price quote.
Q: What type of wood is best for cutting out Volker’s projects?
A: I almost exclusively use Baltic Birch or Oak Plywood. I prefer to work with 1/8” – 1/4” stock depending on the project. Poplar looks nice, but as a hardwood it doesn’t have the strength of plywood, so be cautious in using it on delicate cuts. Also keep in mind that minor adjustments to the patterns may be necessary to account for wood thickness where there are joints.
Q: What blades do you use to get such good outcomes on your projects?
A: I have tried several blades, and the ones that outlast all the others and provide the best cut for me are the Flying Dutchman Blades. They last twice as long as other blades I use, and stay sharper resulting in cleaner cuts and not many burn marks on the wood. I use #5 Reverse tooth blades to help reduce the finishing time on the back sides of the projects. Where there are very small holes or veins in the pattern, I will use the smallest drill bit I can find and use a #2/0 blade to start the cut. Once the cut has been started, I will usually switch back to using the #5 blade to make the vein look a little bigger or to have better control of the blade. Sometimes the #2/0 blade tends to wander a little more than the #5 blade. I have also used his round blades, spiral blades, and the superior puzzle blades and found them to be of great use in my shop.
Q: I don’t like to provide my credit card information on the internet. Are there alternative ways to purchase Volker’s patterns?
A: Paypal is incredibly safe, and even I don’t have access to your financial information by using this method. However, if you are still uncomfortable and would like to pay with a check, that is perfectly fine. Just keep in mind that the check must clear prior to obtaining the patterns so there may be a 2 week delay over using the Paypal method.
Q: Do I need to make any adjustments to the patterns before printing them?
A: Volker is in Germany, so there are occasionally times when the patterns that he uses are intended for A3 paper (dimensions?). I usually print the patterns out at 100% on regular 8.5” x 11” paper. This is fine for the majority of Volker’s projects. Prior to cutting out any of his large pyramids or larger projects, I would recommend creating a paper or cardboard template just to ensure that you have a feel for how his projects are assembled. It will ease your mind and help with envisioning how the project will look. I have tried this a few times and it has saved me lots of time and material and sometimes I even get an idea of how to improve upon the project or design.
Q:Where can I buy the short strings of lights for the lichterbogens?
A: I always hit the local craft stores right around the holidays (the week after you can get some great discounts on lights too). I try to get short strings of lights that use a couple of AA batteries to avoid having to plug it in to the wall and cuts down on the tangled mess of cords. I am looking into the possibility of providing these as kits as well as pyramid parts if I can find a good supplier, so check back often to see if we are able to arrange this.