Ministry of Silly Walks Scrollwork

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Project by KnotCurser posted 03-02-2013 07:13 PM 5953 views 27 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

And now for something completely different….............

I grew up listening to this introduction most of my childhood life.

Monty Python was a truly fantastic comedy. Even as a child in rural Pennsylvania, USA, I was able to fully understand John Cleese and his troop of wonderfully hilarious geniuses. I don’t know if my parents quite “got it”, but they laughed at times as well. It made me want to be a child in England instead of America. :-)

I still smile whenever I see this sequence of goofy steps Cleese was able to pull off on camera – he supposedly pulled a back muscle on the third take, but that may be a myth…......... maybe not.

I wanted to do this work for my own wall, but I am pretty sure I already have a buyer for it. Cool!

Overall, the piece measures 5 1/2×16 inches and is tad over a quarter of an inch thick solid cherry.

Finish is a soaking in lemon oil and backed with thick felt.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#1 posted 03-02-2013 07:17 PM

LOVE it!!! I have the entire Monty Python collection on a big DVD set. Every episode of the show! Thanks for bringing some great memories back! :)

Beautiful replication, as always, too!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 03-02-2013 07:27 PM

That is really cool.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 03-02-2013 07:30 PM

That is fantastic!

-- "Join the chorus if you can. It'll make of you an honest man." - I. Anderson

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#4 posted 03-02-2013 07:33 PM

A most appropriate choice of subject matter.

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#5 posted 03-02-2013 07:41 PM

I heard about Monty Python long before I ever saw him on tv, made me wish I had paid more attention
earlier. Now you do not see many British shows on PBS. May have to go looking.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 03-02-2013 07:59 PM

Bob that is just amazing
No introduction needed I lived for the show, to make it harder I was not allowed
to watch. Banned in my house. Lucky I had friends as there was no Videos in those
days. Is it your own design?
When I want to keep something I “Accidentally” spill stain on it :)
Rural villages in Scotland, we were the same

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 03-02-2013 08:01 PM

Coincidentally my wife and I saw this while I was working in the UK. Your work here is extremely well done and a fitting tribute to a very funny sketch.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 03-02-2013 08:30 PM

Ha. Very well done.
I like your style Sir. Well chosen.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 03-02-2013 08:42 PM

Bob This is awesome and brings back great memories of of the Holly Grail movie. Thank you for sharing!

-- Tom

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#10 posted 03-02-2013 09:58 PM

Excellent work and choice of subject, Bob. I, of course, saw it all from the beginning on the dear old beeb (BBC).Happy

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 03-02-2013 10:12 PM

Always loved that skit.
Now I can love this representation of it too.


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#12 posted 03-02-2013 10:13 PM

Very well done…great job !!

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 03-02-2013 10:14 PM

that is so cool! well done!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#14 posted 03-02-2013 11:52 PM

This is wonderful Bob, You really captured the spirit of John Cleese. Loved that show and all his work.

-- Anna, Richmond BC

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#15 posted 03-03-2013 01:21 AM

Monty Python is great! Nice set of steps there in that scrollwork. My favorite is the Department of Arguments.

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

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