Evolution of Man Scrollwork

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Project by KnotCurser posted 11-09-2010 02:01 AM 2881 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My tribute to one of the greatest contributors to science in human history – Charles Darwin.

The first time I saw this graphic I fell in love with it’s simplicity and staggering meaning.

I have to say that this was by far my most difficult scroll-work to date. Each figure frazzled my nerves trying to get every tiny detail just perfect without snapping anything off.

Overall size is only 8×5 1/2 inches, so each figure is very tiny. I used a combination of blades, mostly a very tiny spiral blade for most of it and then a jeweler’s blade for the detail work.

Wood used is a solid piece of 1/8” thick white oak – I cut it free form and left a piece of live edge on it as well to relay a primitive kind of feel.

As always, a soak in lemon oil, then backed by thick felt.

Comments welcomed!!


Update on 23 Nov 2010: A Fellow LJ Member has Purchased this piece – Thanks gbvinc – see his comments way below!

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 11-09-2010 02:05 AM

Hey Bob, that is a super fine job. I can not imagine the cutting involved. You are the man with this stuff (pun intended).

BTW I am the guy in the middle,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 11-09-2010 02:06 AM

Thanks Steve! I usually am described as either the 2nd or 3rd one in from the left! ;-)

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#3 posted 11-09-2010 02:17 AM

Nice cuttin’ Bob!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#4 posted 11-09-2010 02:20 AM

Ape , NOT !!

-- In His service ,Richard

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#5 posted 11-09-2010 02:21 AM

Amazing work.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#6 posted 11-09-2010 02:49 AM


I hope none of us reading this are Apes – we DO, however, share a common ancestor. THAT is what Darwin very eloquently shows us in this work.

I certainly do not claim an Ape in my family tree either – but, both myself, yourself and the Ape have the same ancestor. That is a stone cold fact, proven time and time again.

Hope that makes better sense to you.


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#7 posted 11-09-2010 06:22 AM

Nice work…LOL at the rest.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#8 posted 11-09-2010 07:16 AM

I think this is my favorite of yours so far Bob. And it isn’t easy choosing. Masterful work.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 11-09-2010 07:23 AM

This is wonderful. All we humans are, in fact, apes. I, for one, am quite content to be in such esteemed evolutionary company, and I am grateful to the marvelous minds before me which pieced together the particulars of how our direct lineage differentiated from our most recent common ancestor with the other apes.

Thank you, KnotCurser.


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#10 posted 11-09-2010 07:24 AM

whoa, nice!

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#11 posted 11-09-2010 11:59 AM

Awesome!!!!!!! Scrolling is something that tries my nerves everytime!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 11-09-2010 01:24 PM


I thought scrolling would frazzle my nerves as well, but I found just the opposite.

I tend to put on some music in the shop, start up the scroll saw and go into a kind of zen-like place and am able to think and plan things while I’m cutting. It’s very calming actually.

I don’t know if I would want to do this eight hours or so per day….........

I wonder if our friend “Scrollgirl” Sheila has any input on this???


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#13 posted 11-09-2010 02:00 PM

Nice job.

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#14 posted 11-09-2010 03:02 PM

Excellent scroll work.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#15 posted 11-09-2010 08:47 PM

excellent scroll work.

Though I would mention that Darwin also recanted the entire theory of evolution on his deathbed. ;)

-- 3rd generation craftsman ~

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