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Forum topic by Phil32 posted 05-17-2022 10:13 PM 400 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-17-2022 10:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: still life escher relief carving

This is my current carving project, a 15” x 15” basswood relief based on a 1937 woodcut of M. C. Escher. The design combines some near objects (still life) on a window ledge with a street scene of buildings, shop fronts, and people. It is difficult to see the separation of the things. The books among the still life line up with the buildings beyond. The street is an extension of the window ledge. Escher was famous for these visual tricks.

A woodcut is a flat design. Portions are cut away, leaving parts that collect ink that is rolled across the surface and a sheet of paper is pressed onto the inked pattern. But in this case (relief) the design is carved to various levels to represent the depth of various parts of the picture. The deepest point is where the street turns near the center, so I start by carving down to that level.

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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#1 posted 05-18-2022 12:03 AM

I will be following your progress….

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#2 posted 05-18-2022 05:16 AM

I’m with Redoak49 on this. Keep us updated. Mel

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#3 posted 05-18-2022 06:46 PM

An ambitious project but with your skills, I know it will turn out well.

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#4 posted 05-18-2022 11:46 PM

good start, Phil – I wouldn’t even know where to begin. (as always, you do awesome projects).

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#5 posted 05-19-2022 12:40 AM

After carving the wood to the depth at the bend of the street – 3/4” – then the building fronts are sloped down to that point. One has to think only of the main shapes, ignore the windows, building lines, people, hanging laundry. Also, don’t cut into those shapes that will later become the objects in the foreground. Keep your tools sharp!

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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