Another Version of "Reptiles"

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Project by Phil32 posted 11-11-2018 06:55 PM 524 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece is based on Escher’s “Reptiles” and features a 3-figure design on the desk top in which the figures fit together as a tessellation. Some of the lizards have crawled out of the design and over objects on the table. I posted a version of this design done entirely as relief carving. This one is a combination of marquetry and relief. Everything is flat marquetry except the lizards that rise out of the tessellation. The marquetry was done by a young artist I met in Italy who suggested this collaboration. He sent tracings of the lizards he wanted carved and I sent them to Italy to be incorporated into the final work. The other photos show work on the lizards in relief which were carved in walnut & butternut.

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#1 posted 11-11-2018 07:44 PM

I am not a fan of reptiles; BUT, Very Nice work!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#2 posted 11-11-2018 07:56 PM

As an Escher fan, I find this collaboration to be very well done. Also nice to see the way that the different methods were integrated so skillfully.
Well done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 11-11-2018 08:12 PM

Yes, Druid, it was challenging to carve the lizard crawling up onto the book to look like it was going up when it was actually staying flat.

-- Phil Allin - Ventura, CA

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#4 posted 11-11-2018 10:39 PM

This is another great carving, Phil!


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#5 posted 11-11-2018 10:50 PM

Too cool! The closest I’ve been to a collaboration is to have my wife paint a carving…which still isn’t painted.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#6 posted 11-12-2018 02:32 AM

Just wow. Incredible talent.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 11-12-2018 07:36 AM

This is so mindblowing! I can’t figure where to start looking and understanding this.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 11-12-2018 01:20 PM

That’s a thing of beauty. Any Escher fan would love to have this.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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