Saw Whet Owl Scrollwork

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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-05-2011 12:10 AM 3862 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was done simply because a co-worker of my Mother’s works with and loves Saw Whet Owls.

I took a quick stroll on the internet and found a few pictures, then dug a little deeper into these guys and then grew quite attached to the little buggers. They are really cute, but really fierce little birds!

I found an illustration (Pic 2) and created the pattern off of it.

This was a really fun, although quite challenging, piece to cut. By the way, what might look like its beak is actually a single feather that hangs down to hide his beak – see here for a great example.

The wood (I think) is some kind of Asian Poplar which weathered quite well. A LOT of stain markings and grain patterns really compliment this piece.

The piece measures 8×8 inches to the edges and sports a live edge as well as two rough sides. It’s around 1/8 inch thick.

Treatment, as always, consists of a soak in lemon oil and a thick felt backing.

Thanks for looking and Enjoy!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 01-05-2011 12:20 AM

I really love this, Bob! You did a fine job. I am not a huge fan of portrait style scrolling work because some people just go crazy with the details and it is difficult to tell what it what. However, you did an excellent job of putting just the right amount of detail in to make this a beautiful picture. The wood choice is also beautiful. Just awesome!

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 01-05-2011 12:32 AM

I completely agree with Sheila. Just the right amount of detail.

I got to spend some time with a Saw Whet owl at a park last summer and I was fascinated. Your work does them justice.

-- Kate,

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#3 posted 01-05-2011 12:44 AM

Very nice work Bob!

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

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#4 posted 01-05-2011 01:28 AM

Jumpin Jeosephat!
That is just awesome.

Dang, You do amazing work.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 01-05-2011 04:21 AM

Very Nice, Great detail and well executed!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 01-05-2011 12:12 PM

Bob, great work and very detailed, very well done. My Mother loves owls and had all kinds of pictures and trinkets while we were growing up. Amazing!

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

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#7 posted 01-05-2011 09:21 PM

Waow another beautiful scrollsaw work

I love it

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#8 posted 01-05-2011 09:25 PM


I have made one like yours in 3D

The picture # 6 in this link

It need 8 hours to make it

Have anice day

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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