Self Portrait Carving

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Project by Phil32 posted 10-01-2018 02:51 PM 1413 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This 12” x 15” basswood relief carving is inspired by Escher’s 1935 self portrait (lithograph) titled “Hand Holding a Reflecting Sphere.” It is very difficult to get a good working photo of yourself holding a reflecting sphere because the camera (or cell phone) takes up the center of the image! The background in this carving includes some of my own carvings like “Sky & Water I” (less than an inch tall in this carving) and a black walnut clock case my brother built 40 years ago. Note: the fourth photo is Escher’s original.

-- Phil Allin - There are woodworkers and people who collect woodworking tools. The woodworkers have a chair to sit on that they made.

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#1 posted 10-01-2018 03:52 PM

Very nicely done.

Just a little weird; but that adds to the appeal!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 10-01-2018 10:55 PM

Pretty dang AWESOME!

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#3 posted 10-01-2018 11:18 PM

not sure about the sphere but I would recognize that hand anywhere.

great job

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 10-02-2018 02:39 AM

Very Nice Piece Of Work & Well Done Phil!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 10-02-2018 04:01 AM

Cool work Phil and creative idea.


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#6 posted 10-02-2018 08:46 AM

Brilliant… I wish I had the ability to carve but I think its one of those arts I know I can never achieve so I concentrate on what I know I can do. Great work !!

-- If your going to your mums.... can I go in the shed ?

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#7 posted 10-03-2018 07:25 PM

Another great piece.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 10-04-2018 04:45 AM

Amaizing work and 3D effect.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 10-04-2018 09:47 PM

Another Escher fan! I like it. Well done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#10 posted 10-06-2018 01:31 AM

Great piece. Escher is awesome and this is a great adaption of a classic!

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#11 posted 10-13-2018 12:54 AM

Very fun indeed…

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#12 posted 10-13-2018 02:46 AM

That’s a really nice take on Escher’s work!

Hmmm…pic 3 has a strange resemblance to Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”. Without the hands on the face, of course. Someday I’ll be as good as you are at carving, if I don’t die first.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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