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Spiraling Fish Carving

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Project by Phil32 posted 07-23-2019 10:35 PM 460 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This relief carving is based on a wood engraving done by M. C. Escher in Nov. 1956. The original was only 3-1/4” square and featured rings of fish diminishing in size toward the center. I had to decide how small I could go with carving the “nested” rings, and it looks like six will be it.

The carving is 9-1/2” square in 2” thick Alaskan Yellow Cedar. In the second photo you see a tab of wood I’ve left attached to clamp the piece to my workbench. The yellow cedar carves nicely, very much like basswood.

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





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MrWolfe

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#1 posted 07-23-2019 10:52 PM

Dang Phil!!!
Your hand work is masterful. What a beautiful carving. Excellent work and who doesn’t love Escher.
Thanks for sharing sir. Will you be adding a finish?
Jon

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Phil32

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#2 posted 07-23-2019 11:04 PM

Yes, Jon – I will selectively stain the alternating rings with gel stain, then apply a satin poly. This was a project I put aside for several years while I worked on other carvings.

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

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MyChipCarving

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#3 posted 07-23-2019 11:43 PM

Nice, Phil. I like seeing results when going from a drawing to carving! Not easy when working from an Escher.

-- Marty, https://www.MyChipCarving.com, 866-444-6996

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 07-24-2019 04:55 AM

Very COOL, Phil!

Even if it does look a little fishy… They still survive… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: https://www.ncwoodworker.net/forums/index.php

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#5 posted 07-24-2019 02:04 PM

Very well done Phil!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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BigAl98

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#6 posted 07-24-2019 03:51 PM

I have to say, I didn’t see the pattern until after I read the text. But I love Escher…he was a genius with a weird sense of humor! Nice Job!

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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#7 posted 07-24-2019 03:59 PM

Great carving, Phil!

Claude

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ralbuck

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#8 posted 07-24-2019 07:38 PM

Very nice!

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

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