Pulp Fiction Scrollsaw Portrait

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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-08-2015 12:50 AM 2084 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children.” -Jules Winnfield

That’s what was said by Jules during the scene you see above – right before they killed the guy.

Pulp Fiction has GOT TO BE one of the all time bad-ass movies, so I had to create a portrait of it to include on my “Bad Ass Movie Heroes Wall” in my office.

This portrait was cut into solid 3/16” Ash and measures 8×13 inches.

It was surprising just how much wood was removed from this portrait – there is a LOT of negative space!

Finish consists of a nice long soak in lemon oil and a backing of thick felt.

Mia: Don’t you hate that?
Vincent: What?
Mia: Uncomfortable silences. Why do we feel it’s necessary to yak about bull—-t in order to be comfortable?
Vincent: I don’t know. That’s a good question.
Mia: That’s when you know you’ve found somebody special. When you can just shut the f—k up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#1 posted 01-08-2015 01:10 AM

Very nicely done bob

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#2 posted 01-08-2015 01:44 AM

Love the movie; love your take on the scene.

Lance: Who is this? Don’t come here, I’m hanging up the phone! Prank caller, prank caller!

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#3 posted 01-08-2015 05:40 AM

Great detail. Some of that looks very fragile. Are there photoshop style process you used to get from the image to the template? I played around with thresholding/binary conversion but didn’t get anything that nice.

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#4 posted 01-08-2015 08:53 AM

Hello Bob

Very nice scrollsaw work

Very fine cut

Very good movie

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#5 posted 01-08-2015 01:34 PM


I create a lot of patterns – mostly for personal scrollsaw portraits – and can say that I’ve looked at most of the “automatic” software and don’t like any of them.

I use photoshop with a drawing pad for all my work. There are a number of steps I take to get the image to a basic pattern ready image. After that, it’s mainly manual work with a drawing pen and tablet connected to photoshop.

Thanks for all the compliments!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#6 posted 01-08-2015 03:10 PM

Wow, looks really nice. The work around Samuel Jackson’s mouth/mustache looks extremely delicate.
Well done.
Just can’t end without saying that I did like the movie but hated all the crap talk from Jackson. Yak, yak, yak, preach, preach, preach…....just too annoying for me.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 01-08-2015 03:14 PM

Great work and great movie. “I’ll be back in two shakes of a lamb’s tail.”

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#8 posted 01-08-2015 07:59 PM

who’s zed?

zed’z dead, baby… zed’s dead

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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