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Escher's White Cat

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Project by Phil32 posted 07-17-2020 09:03 PM 667 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This relief woodcarving is based on a woodcut by Escher made in 1919 while a student in Haarlem, The Netherlands. The original was 6-1/2” square. This carving is Black Walnut about 12” square. The main challenge in the carving was achieving the fuzzy outline of the cat by rubbing white pigment into incised lines along the outline. Then the entire cat was painted with white acrylic. The Black Walnut wood was salvaged from a 70-year-old bookcase

-- 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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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 07-18-2020 03:19 AM

Neat job, but the model must have been designed by Escher before he went “psycho”.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 07-19-2020 02:57 PM

Nice work. I like both the full white and the time where there was just the white fuzz around the visible walnut.

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

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#3 posted 07-19-2020 06:57 PM



Neat job, but the model must have been designed by Escher before he went “psycho”.

- LittleBlackDuck

Yes, this was done when Escher was about 20 and still a student studying decorative arts.

-- 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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