Escher Yin Yang

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Project by shopdog posted 01-16-2010 01:11 PM 3194 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--

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

definitely “parts of the whole”.
Nicely done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#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.

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

Too delicate for my skills. I like um. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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

Love the geckos

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

Super design Really nice .Just to cool.

-- Custom furniture

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#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: /

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#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--

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

Great job & a great entry for the contest.

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#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.

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#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?

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#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--

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