Yoda Scrollwork

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Project by KnotCurser posted 10-19-2010 09:07 PM 3694 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a commisioned piece – when the customer asked “could you do a Star Wars Cutting?”, I immediately thought of Master Yoda as I wanted to try this one for a Looooooong time!

Time to break out the scrollsaw again!

Then I wondered, can I do this? Should I try? Then a little voice out of nowhere…............
“No! Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
Yes, Master Yoda, I will do! :-)

Cutting is 1/8” thick “Rainbow” Poplar, which I think mimics his muddy home on Dagobah right nicely!
“Mudhole? Slimy? My home this is.”
Sorry Master Yoda – I think your home is wonderful!

Measures 5 1/2×9 inches. Finished with a quick dip in lemon oil and backed with felt.

I hope he looks good, well as good as Yoda can look…......
“When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good, you will not.”



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

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#1 posted 10-19-2010 09:19 PM

Good job, this is.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 10-19-2010 09:34 PM

Very nicely done Bob. My son would go ape for this.

The angle shot makes it look 1/4” thick. An optical dillusion. You might edit to add “Star Wars” to your keywords.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 10-19-2010 10:03 PM

Hmmm, talented are you.

-- Clay (Master Kindler) ~ Central VA

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#4 posted 10-19-2010 10:20 PM

Very Impressed I am young Jedi…!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#5 posted 10-19-2010 10:21 PM

Good suggestion, rance – done!

You know, I think it might be closer to 1/4” thick – good eyes Rance!


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

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#6 posted 10-19-2010 10:35 PM

You are good!!!!

This piece is great, love it!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#7 posted 10-19-2010 10:52 PM

Well done! I’m surprised no one has said it yet but…

The Force Is Strong With You.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#8 posted 10-20-2010 01:30 AM

scrollwork impressive it is!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#9 posted 10-20-2010 04:17 AM

(*spoken in my best Yoda voice)-

Impressive, this is…......glad you shared it with us, I am.
Hehe ; )

Try not, indeed… did,.....and did a great job of it too I might add.

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#10 posted 10-20-2010 12:35 PM

Nice work. Keep it up.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 10-20-2010 02:13 PM

Well crap! Everyone already used all the killer Yoda comments. Guess I will just have to stick with …. Now That Is Cool!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#12 posted 10-20-2010 02:25 PM

Mav, why didn’t you just say, “Crap well”?

-- Clay (Master Kindler) ~ Central VA

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#13 posted 10-20-2010 02:36 PM

Because “Crap well” could be another name for an Outhouse or a question about someone’s regularity!

Bob, could you comment on the process of creating your own image for something like this? By hand, or was image processing on the computer involved? If so, what software? Thanks.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 10-20-2010 03:01 PM


The basics of how I create the pattern kind of changes with each image I assign myself.

Mostly, though, it’s a combination of Coyote Software and Adobe Photoshop. I get the image “in the ballpark” with Coyote and then switch over to Adobe to fine tune it through filters and color levels.

After that I switch to a digital tablet and start modifying the image to make sure there aren’t any “fall-outs” or pieces that are too thin, etc…..

I have a TON of links for using Photoshop to create stencils/scrollwork and routinely go through most of them with each image I use – just to see which one works better.

Just remember to save the image a TON of times – I usually have ten or eleven copies of the image prior to finishing – just in case I need to go to an earlier image to copy/paste a face detail I lost with the last change, etc….... Oh yeah – don’t EVER change the image size/resolution until you are totally done – start HUGE and then you can shrink it after you are TOTALLY satisfied.

Also, the more contrast you have in the image you start with, the easier it will be to create a pattern!

Actually, creating the pattern takes at least as much time as cutting it, if not more! That’s the reason I really respect all those folks out there that create patterns for a living!

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

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#15 posted 10-20-2010 07:05 PM

Another very good job with your scroll saw

I like it

I agree with you : to create a pattern you must have a maximum of contrast and the pattern is easier too make A good choice of the picture
A big contrast
A lot of patience
and after a very good result

Thanks for sharing

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

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