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Forum topic by Phil32 posted 05-11-2021 07:13 PM 317 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Phil32

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05-11-2021 07:13 PM

Here is an example of taking a non-carving idea, and adapting it for a relief carving. The original is a woodcut by M.C. Escher. For those unfamiliar with the term, “woodcut” is a technique for printing designs by etching the pattern into wood (often endgrain), then rolling ink onto the raised portion of the design. A sheet of paper is placed carefully over the inked surface, pressed in place, then peeled off. This process may be repeated many times and numbered, for example 87/400 – the 87th print in a run of 400.
But in this case the carving would not work for printing. The surface is not flat or uniform. The wood consists of a 12” square of old black walnut, with an overlay of basswood. It is being carved entirely with hand tools, mostly fish-tail gouges.

-- 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 05-11-2021 07:39 PM

Looking good, Phil!

Claude

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#2 posted 05-11-2021 11:55 PM

That’s come along quite a bit from last time I saw it. Looking good!

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#3 posted 05-11-2021 11:56 PM

very nicely done !!

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#4 posted 05-12-2021 12:12 AM

Very intricate. It reminds me of those paintings where there is something hidden if you look at it a certain way or something

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#5 posted 05-12-2021 12:28 AM

Love that.. Carving is something I wish I had a talent for… Thanks for the additional information your provided also…

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#6 posted 05-12-2021 12:58 AM

Looks good and very time-consuming.

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#7 posted 05-12-2021 02:11 AM

Very cool nicely proportioned.

-- Aj

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#8 posted 05-12-2021 02:20 AM

Very nice! SMP mentioned something hidden in the image… M.C. Escher for sure.

-- Bob Gnann. "Don't cloud the issue with facts.". Groucho Marx

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#9 posted 06-11-2021 07:05 PM

Here is what this carving looks like now that I decided what to do with the background. Note that the #7 gouge scoops get smaller and disappear at the artificial horizon. I’ll smooth it out a little, but not remove the edges of the ripples. Then it will get a coat of clear satin polyacrylic, and my mark on the back:

-- 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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#10 posted 06-11-2021 07:29 PM

Nice!

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