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"Relativity" Relief

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Project by Phil32 posted 05-17-2019 12:03 AM 961 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a relief woodcarving based on a graphic design by Escher in July 1953. The original was done as a woodcut & lithograph, both less than 12” high. Some experts believe the inspiration was a stairway in Escher’s high school in the Netherlands. Perhaps the most striking feature is the figures ascending or descending both the tops and undersides of the stairs. It is also hard to determine what direction is “up” in various parts of the scene.

This project is carved in 12” x 15” basswood, with maximum depth (relief) of 3/4”. It took 13 months (but it sat around a lot) All carving was done with hand tools. It is selectively gel stained to emphasize the relief. Clear satin poly finish.

#1 – “Relativity” – the woodcarving #2 – “Relativity” – the original lithograph (stretched to fit) #3 – an early progress photo

-- 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 05-17-2019 01:13 AM

Much like “Relativity” the theory bugs my brain out. Your relief carving has my eyes all bugged out. Nicely done.

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#2 posted 05-17-2019 01:36 AM

Another amazing carving Phil.

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#3 posted 05-20-2019 11:19 PM

Phil,

You really brought it to life!

Great JOB!

Thank you!

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#4 posted 05-21-2019 01:58 PM

I could never do that. You captured the spirit of the original. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 03-01-2021 12:16 AM

This relief carving also won a blue ribbon at the 2020 Virtual Woodcarving Show at Richmond, B.C.

-- 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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#6 posted 03-04-2021 07:56 PM

Nice! Congratulations!

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

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