Escher Yin Yang

  • Advertise with us
Project by shopdog posted 01-16-2010 01:11 PM 3919 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

To me, MC Esher’s tessellated drawings epitomize yin/yang in art. As a woodworker, I frequently use walnut and maple as the yin/yang of (American) hardwoods. I had fun scrolling these trivets.
Thanks for viewing.

-- Steve--

11 comments so far

View MsDebbieP's profile


18615 posts in 4187 days

#1 posted 01-16-2010 01:26 PM

definitely “parts of the whole”.
Nicely done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

View David Craig's profile

David Craig

2137 posts in 3136 days

#2 posted 01-16-2010 03:20 PM

Great work. Very nice interpretation of Escher in wooden form. You are right, his work is the essence of yin/yang.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

View Dudley's profile


742 posts in 3287 days

#3 posted 01-16-2010 03:28 PM

Too delicate for my skills. I like um. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

View mtkate's profile


2049 posts in 3352 days

#4 posted 01-16-2010 03:35 PM

Love the geckos

View a1Jim's profile


117120 posts in 3604 days

#5 posted 01-16-2010 06:24 PM

Super design Really nice .Just to cool.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View KnotCurser's profile


2025 posts in 3095 days

#6 posted 01-16-2010 10:39 PM

Absolutely splendid work!

I need to know was each piece done separately or did you do one piece and use a router or something to duplicate it? I would love to copy this – I am a huge Escher fan and the walnut/maple combination I use a lot as well.

Thanks for sharing!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

View shopdog's profile


577 posts in 3512 days

#7 posted 01-16-2010 11:20 PM

Thanks for the comments.


I take a 3/8”x 6”x6” piece of maple, and one of walnut, and sandwich them together. I use 5/8”, 18 gauge brads, and clear packing tape. Then you scroll cut the pattern and fit them together, mating 1 piece from the top, with an adjoining piece from the bottom. Does that make sense?
The pieces don’t stay together like a puzzle, so I super glue them together.

-- Steve--

View Loucarb's profile


2388 posts in 3472 days

#8 posted 01-17-2010 01:39 AM

Great job & a great entry for the contest.

View blockhead's profile


1475 posts in 3335 days

#9 posted 01-22-2010 11:31 PM

I love MC Eschers work. I never thought about replicating it with woodworking. Very nice job!

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

View smoke's profile


123 posts in 3048 days

#10 posted 03-09-2010 03:22 AM

i’m a fan of escher and of your work…do you have more plans with other works of his?

View shopdog's profile


577 posts in 3512 days

#11 posted 03-09-2010 04:18 PM

I’ve adapted a few more of Escher’s drawings into plans, but I haven’t gotten to them yet. I need to mill up some more walnut and maple. I did one out of baltic birch, but there’s no contrast, unless I stain them.
I thought that I had posted them already. I’ll put them up.

-- Steve--

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics