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Project by Phil32 posted 12-21-2020 02:11 AM 1014 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This relief carving is built-up of poplar & black walnut, with overlays of a few other woods. 26” x 15” x 1-1/2” thick
It is based on a 1938 woodcut of M. C. Escher, titled “Day & Night.” showing a flock of contrasting geese forming a tessellation# in the upper part and morphing into farm fields below. The left half shows a riverside village in daylight. The right half features a mirror image of the village at night.
Later in 1938 Escher did some similar woodcut tessellations called “Sky & Water I & II” Elsewhere in my Projects are relief carving of those designs. This carving was done with hand tools over six months duration. PCA

#Tessellation – a design where figures fit together like jigsaw puzzle pieces.

-- 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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#1 posted 12-21-2020 02:37 AM

Incredible work and skill once again.

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#2 posted 12-21-2020 02:12 PM

I always loved Escher’s images like this. Great job! I have lots of tools but not enough patience for something like this.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#3 posted 12-21-2020 02:13 PM

What a great interpretation of an Escher, I love it. Great workmanship.

-- Cheap is expensive! - my Dad

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#4 posted 12-21-2020 02:30 PM

Nicely done.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#5 posted 12-21-2020 03:18 PM

Wow Phil, this is incredible! Next time you do a project like this, I’d LOVE to see a blog series on how you do the whole process from design and layout to carving the individual pieces and assembling the whole thing. Just thinking about it makes my head hurt a little bit :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#6 posted 12-21-2020 04:15 PM

That is some incredibly detailed work, I love it!

Hutch

-- Hutch

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#7 posted 12-21-2020 05:15 PM



Wow Phil, this is incredible! Next time you do a project like this, I d LOVE to see a blog series on how you do the whole process from design and layout to carving the individual pieces and assembling the whole thing. Just thinking about it makes my head hurt a little bit :-)

- HokieKen

Your wish is my command. Here is a discussion thread from another site:

https://forum.woodcarvingillustrated.com/forum/woodcarving-illustrated/woodcarving/relief-and-chip-carving/1183586-another-escher-relief-day-night

Phil

-- 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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#8 posted 12-21-2020 06:31 PM

Thank you Phil! I just spent my lunch break reading through that thread. It was very illuminating for me to have a better idea of the design questions that need answered and all the different processes and methods involved.

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#9 posted 12-21-2020 07:26 PM

Wow! I went over and looked at the Woodcarving Illustrated site as well. I’ve been a member for three years this coming 30th of December, and the only post I’ve ever made was to comment (favorably) on your “Stars” carving.

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

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#10 posted 12-21-2020 08:36 PM

The only carver I know of who tried using Escher designs for carving projects was E. J. Tangerman, (1001 Designs for Whittling and Woodcarving, 1976, McGraw-Hill). He was intriqued by “Sky & Water I,” but thought the adjoining figures in the tessellation had to be relief and intaglio (negative relief). He carved a fireplace screen of this design out of teak. 30” x 34” – so he had to modify the design from a square. He later did two other Escher designs.
This is the 30th for me.

-- 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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#11 posted 12-22-2020 12:46 AM

Fantastic! Have always been an Escher fan and your relief carving interpretations of his pieces are beautiful.

-- Bob, Waterloo, Ontario - "I came, I sawed, I sanded...."

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#12 posted 01-07-2021 11:37 PM

very nice. I was just thinking the other day how it’d be cool to do a marquetry piece based on one of his drawings.

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#13 posted 01-08-2021 04:06 AM


very nice. I was just thinking the other day how it d be cool to do a marquetry piece based on one of his drawings.

- Jeff Vicenzi

Yes, after meeting a young expert in marquetry in Italy, we collaborated on this combination of relief & marquetry based on Escher’s “Reptiles.: Everything is flat except the lizards crawling out of the tessellation.

-- 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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