Chip Carved Illusion

  • Advertise with us
Project by Phil32 posted 10-28-2018 06:18 PM 1447 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I first saw this chip carving design on, as a carving done by Emma Perlacky. The pattern on a 12” basswood plate with recessed center gives the illusion of bulging outward toward you. This carving is also unique in that it was not carved with a chip carving knife. Nearly all of the cuts were done with a #3-16mm fishtail gouge!

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

11 comments so far

View Dark_Lightning's profile


4147 posts in 3918 days

#1 posted 10-28-2018 07:36 PM

That center pops nicely! Interesting technique. I’ll have to try that on day.

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

View Druid's profile


2205 posts in 3604 days

#2 posted 10-28-2018 07:57 PM

Interesting effect Phil. Will a concave effect be next, or a wave? ;)
Looks like you are enjoying yourself, and that’s great.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

View Woodbutcher3's profile


462 posts in 3695 days

#3 posted 10-28-2018 09:05 PM

Very nice. That’s a lot of work! Layout is the key. Well done.
Enjoyed your previous work and your projects.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

View swirt's profile


5328 posts in 3781 days

#4 posted 10-29-2018 12:40 AM

Quite mesmerizing. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

View Pointer's profile


453 posts in 1920 days

#5 posted 10-29-2018 12:48 AM

Quite the optical illusion. Very cool.

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

View Ivan's profile


16095 posts in 3676 days

#6 posted 10-29-2018 06:27 AM

That is so incredible…astonish!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View Scott Oldre's profile

Scott Oldre

1128 posts in 4240 days

#7 posted 10-30-2018 11:04 PM

Very cool indeed. The illusion is amazing.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

View Fezig's profile


5 posts in 717 days

#8 posted 10-31-2018 03:15 AM

Love the 3D. Nice job.

View ClaudeF's profile


1161 posts in 2516 days

#9 posted 10-31-2018 05:29 PM

Excellent dish, Phil!



View mikeacg's profile


1606 posts in 1866 days

#10 posted 11-02-2018 12:44 PM

Amazing effect Phil! And, as usual, beautifully done!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

View Phil32's profile


1078 posts in 712 days

#11 posted 11-07-2019 02:22 AM

We tried to eat soup out of the dish, but it keeps running off the rim!

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics