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Project by Muriel posted 02-02-2011 12:47 PM 2636 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Gaston Lagaffe is a famous Belgian comics character drawn by Franquin.

I was asked by a friend to scroll Gaston with his cigarette (now it’s not more allowed to have characters with a cigarette in Belgium …) which I did with pleasure. He really enjoyed this unique piece of work and add it to his collection !

To learn more about him :

-- Muriel, Belgium

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#1 posted 02-02-2011 12:49 PM

Well done!

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#2 posted 02-02-2011 02:01 PM

Nicely done. You really captured the character well Muriel. What material is the black? Is it just black paper behind the scrollsawn wood or is it another piece of wood that you have coloured black? Just curious.

-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 02-02-2011 04:34 PM

Very Nice!

-- Cheers, Joel Elder

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#4 posted 02-02-2011 05:53 PM

This is really neat, I just got my new scroll saw and would love to attempt something like this it would be awesome if you could talk about your process a little bit, and I’d also like to know what the black is.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#5 posted 02-02-2011 06:30 PM

Hello Muriel

A very good Job

I prefer Gaston without cigarette

I love this comic and the energy of his hero !!!!!!

Thanks for sharing

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

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#6 posted 02-02-2011 06:50 PM

GASTON!!! might be from Belgium, but being from Montreal I definitely remember reading the comic books with him in it! as well as Tintin and Asterix and Obelix!

-- Your mind, much like a parachute, works best when open.

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#7 posted 02-02-2011 07:24 PM

Nice comments !

The black is simply wood painted in black.

How to :
- put a copy of the choosen subject on a thin wood (here 3 mm) with repositionable spray glue,
- drill a very small whole in each peace you have to cut (appearing in black on the picture), the smallest whole is the best, you just need enough space for the saw blade (I used a reverse tool blade Nbr 1) to go through
- start cutting the smallest pieces first very carefully, to secure the work once a piece is cut out, leave it in place with a scotch paper,
- go on cutting all pieces
- remove the cutted pieces and carefully sand
- apply varnish, oil or any product you prefer
- saw another piece of wood, same dimensoins and paint it in black
- glue the 2 pieces together
- frame you work
... it’s done
Last but not least : practice and always more practice and you’ll get it … it is not complicated you need to be concentrated and very careful.

More info also available on

I use a Proxxon scrollsaw, on th pictu you’ll see I was scrolling 18 mm pinewood which gives another effect.

Those are really the basics, there are very good articles in the Scrollsawer magazine (others probably also exists) !
Hope this helps.

-- Muriel, Belgium

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#8 posted 02-02-2011 07:27 PM

Very cool!

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

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#9 posted 02-02-2011 08:03 PM

Thank you so much for the how to, one more thing where do you get your black and white pictures for scrolling? I cant wait to try this out.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#10 posted 02-02-2011 08:09 PM

WITH the cigarette for me. Excellent job!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 02-02-2011 09:05 PM

Gaston is my favorite character. Thanks!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 02-03-2011 07:56 AM

Great! job. thanks! for posting the DIY

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#13 posted 02-04-2011 10:22 AM

The colour picture was extracted from the web and changed to black & white with Adbe Photoshop.
Have fun !

-- Muriel, Belgium

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