The book is very comprehensive and gave me all the information that I needed or expected. The only limitation is that the products reviewed or recommended tend to focus on the US market whereas the machine I bought is a high quality German Unit of a brand not mentioned. Nevertheless it could be assessed and set up by inference from the wide range of detailed information given
As it says on a scroll sawers website that I visited, "this is the book you want!"
Or qualifying that slightly, "this is the book you want IF you are a reasonably experienced woodworker with a fairly practical approach."
As commented in another review it is fairly USA-centric, (and a little old-fashioned in places) but scroll saws are pretty similar everywhere and haven't changed that much in many years.
What is great about this book is that it provides a reasonable amount of background and history information, then gives useful guidance on techniques, then reviews a wonderful range of work that can be done with a scroll saw.
But he DOESN'T waste a load of space with detailed descriptions of "projects" that you don't want to make, or with detailed instructions that are only relevant to certain saws.
In book form it's like having a very experienced sawer show you a few saws, demonstrate the basics, give you a tour of their own work, then show you wonderful work by a bunch of highly skilled people with a little guidance on how they have done it, and then leave you to get on with it.
To my mind he's got the balance between range and detail just right.
Unlike many such books it's worth reading cover to cover, (and enjoyable in doing so,) then worth coming back to once in a while as a reminder of just how versatile these well mannered little machines are.
One of the best things of its kind I've ever come across.