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Project by Phil32 posted 09-23-2018 10:43 PM 396 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Rather than keep you in suspense, here are six more Escher-inspired relief carvings I have done:

1. Drawing Hands, converted to “Carving Hands,” basswood, 12” x 15” – 2006
2. Balcony, sycamore, 7-3/4” x 9-1/4” – 2006
3. Waterfall, basswood, 16” x 20” – 2007
4. Dragon, basswood, 8” x 11” – 2003
5. Stars, converted to “Two Chameleons” basswood, 12” x 15” – 2008
6. Tetrahedral Planetoid, basswood, 11-1/2” square – 2006

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA





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Dark_Lightning

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#1 posted 09-23-2018 11:38 PM

All nice! I feel a little better about seeing all these projects. I was wondering how fast you were churning them out! I’m liking the “Stars” woodcut enough to eventually make one. At the rate I’m going it’ll be about 2020.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 09-24-2018 12:08 AM

Do it! It’s a fun (and challenging) relief. The two chameleons are caged in three nested octahedrons. One octohedron is made of two 4-sided pyramids base-to-base. The others are “nested” in the first, but rotated 60 degrees to each other. The original has many other geometric solids filling the space around the main object. I reduced the number a lot. I made the frame part of the carving.

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#3 posted 09-24-2018 01:34 AM

All of them are very nice. #1 and #3 are my favorites.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#4 posted 09-24-2018 02:07 AM

Very Nice Piece Of Work & Well Done Phil!

-- Don't Worry About What People Think! They Don't Do It Very Often Anyway!

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#5 posted 09-24-2018 03:34 AM



Do it! It s a fun (and challenging) relief. The two chameleons are caged in three nested octahedrons. One octohedron is made of two 4-sided pyramids base-to-base. The others are “nested” in the first, but rotated 60 degrees to each other. The original has many other geometric solids filling the space around the main object. I reduced the number a lot. I made the frame part of the carving.

- Phil32


That’s cheating! Although I prefer to call it an “artist’s deception”, and I do it all the time! When I made my Grape Leaf Man, I was slavishly following Lora S. Irish’s tutorial, until I made a mistake. When I was trying to figure out how to recover from it, I noticed that the picture on the cover of the book didn’t look totally like the picture of the completed article inside! Not faulting her at all! Sh…tuff happens during carving, as we all know, and a little artistic license goes a long way! I’m sure that if I do end up finally doing this carving, there could be one of those “what is wrong with this picture?” puzzles made from it.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 09-24-2018 05:22 AM

I just yesterday received a book in the mail from a friend in a different part of the County that is called “Wood Carving Basics”. I am sure you are way above this book. Very nice

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 09-24-2018 10:00 PM

All of these carvings have been done for my own amusement or entertainment, not for some client who wants the work to match exactly. To the best of my knowledge, Escher produced printed graphics (lithographs, woodcuts) so there are techniques not readily transferable to relief carving. Besides I like to give my own touch to the “borrowed ideas.”

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#8 posted 09-25-2018 04:05 PM

Great carvings! Very successful 3D effects.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 09-26-2018 03:11 AM



All of these carvings have been done for my own amusement or entertainment, not for some client who wants the work to match exactly. To the best of my knowledge, Escher produced printed graphics (lithographs, woodcuts) so there are techniques not readily transferable to relief carving. Besides I like to give my own touch to the “borrowed ideas.”

- Phil32


Good for you! I’d still bet that there are people who would admire/buy/and again admire your carvings! And, yes, what I call “artist’s deception” lives deep within me. If I was designing a tool, it had better have been made to the drawing, back when I worked for a living. Now that I’m retired, I can carve a project any damned way I please.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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