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Escher's "Belvedere" (marquetry)

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Project by Phil32 posted 12-24-2018 10:21 PM 1752 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a fine piece of marquetry based on a graphic design of M.C. Escher, titled “Belvedere,” which means a viewing tower. Every variation in color or tone is a separate piece of wood, The second photo shows a close-up of the mountains & part of the tower. Even the ends of the ladder rungs are tiny pieces of wood. The third photo shows this and another marquetry piece done as a collaboration.

This viewing tower is an impossible structure! If you trace the columns from top to bottom (or vice versa) they switch from the back to front. The ladder moves from inside the structure to outside.

-- 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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farmerdude

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#1 posted 12-24-2018 10:31 PM

You know…. I don’t even know what to say. Fantastic job. I envy your patience. I know enough about marquetry to stay away from it, I’m glad folks like yourself have what it takes because you would never see anything this beautiful from me. Great job!

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#2 posted 12-24-2018 11:51 PM

Beautiful!!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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therealSteveN

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#3 posted 12-25-2018 12:55 AM

I like that 3rd pic, with this and the frog piece on the wall. Like them both. Way to much non straight detail for me to work on though. I like doing straight work. I guess it’s all the carpentry.

Thanks for posting Phil, your work is detail rich.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Phil32

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#4 posted 12-25-2018 01:01 AM



I like that 3rd pic, with this and the frog piece on the wall. Like them both. Way to much non straight detail for me to work on though. I like doing straight work. I guess it s all the carpentry.

Thanks for posting Phil, your work is detail rich.

- therealSteveN

That picture was taken at an exhibition of my woodcarvings at my son’s business in western Pennsylvania = dozen pieces based on the graphic designs of Escher. The reception at the exhibit opening included one of the wooden kayaks shown among my projects on this site.

-- 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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swirt

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#5 posted 12-25-2018 01:59 AM

Another great work. Fun to look at.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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clieb91

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#6 posted 12-25-2018 02:03 AM

Really awesome!

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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Dark_Lightning

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#7 posted 12-25-2018 02:50 AM

Wow, this is just too cool!

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

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oldnovice

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#8 posted 12-25-2018 05:57 AM

Well done again sir!
Your work, as always, is amazing.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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Dee1

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#9 posted 12-25-2018 01:22 PM

I am in awe of your work, just fantastic and you are living in almost my county I am in Lompoc very seldom see any fellas from my area?
Again beautiful work
Dee1

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DeLayne Peck

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#10 posted 12-25-2018 03:56 PM

I can’t fathom that level of woodworking.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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Gary

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#11 posted 12-25-2018 04:19 PM

Always loved Escher’s art.
Great renditions!!!

-- Gary, Florida

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rayn

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#12 posted 12-25-2018 05:24 PM

Outstanding! Truly a piece of art

-- Ray,Iowa

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#13 posted 12-25-2018 07:00 PM

Fantastic work.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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ralbuck

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#14 posted 12-25-2018 11:07 PM

Absolutely stunning. This is way past my patience and abilities too.

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

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jutsFL

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#15 posted 12-26-2018 11:23 AM

Holy smokes man!

...anyone can make a table. Ill venture out on a limb and say its likely that only a handful can do what you just created.

Hows your time spent on projects like this measured? In months, years?

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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