Chip Carved Illusion

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Project by Phil32 posted 10-28-2018 06:18 PM 655 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I first saw this chip carving design on, as a carving done by Emma Perlacky. The pattern on a 12” basswood plate with recessed center gives the illusion of bulging outward toward you. This carving is also unique in that it was not carved with a chip carving knife. Nearly all of the cuts were done with a #3-16mm fishtail gouge!

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#1 posted 10-28-2018 07:36 PM

That center pops nicely! Interesting technique. I’ll have to try that on day.

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#2 posted 10-28-2018 07:57 PM

Interesting effect Phil. Will a concave effect be next, or a wave? ;)
Looks like you are enjoying yourself, and that’s great.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 10-28-2018 09:05 PM

Very nice. That’s a lot of work! Layout is the key. Well done.
Enjoyed your previous work and your projects.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#4 posted 10-29-2018 12:40 AM

Quite mesmerizing. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 10-29-2018 12:48 AM

Quite the optical illusion. Very cool.

-- Joe - - Don't be pessimistic, it never works anyway.

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#6 posted 10-29-2018 06:27 AM

That is so incredible…astonish!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 10-30-2018 11:04 PM

Very cool indeed. The illusion is amazing.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#8 posted 10-31-2018 03:15 AM

Love the 3D. Nice job.

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#9 posted 10-31-2018 05:29 PM

Excellent dish, Phil!



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#10 posted 11-02-2018 12:44 PM

Amazing effect Phil! And, as usual, beautifully done!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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