Bruce Willis Scrollwork

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“It’s okay, I’m a cop. Trust me, I’ve been doing this for eleven years.” {Die Hard, 1988}

Bruce Willis has been “doing that” for WAY longer than eleven years, but I like that quote anyway….

He has GOT to be the all time movie bad-ass, and I just HAD to do this portrait.

Since I was doing a much larger project out of American Chestnut, I grabbed a piece and threw it in the planer. I have never used chestnut before for scrolling, but I really like working with it! The wood is ultra-hard and very little “fuzzies” to sand off the back.

Overall dimensions are around 7 1/2×11 inches and 3/16 of an inch thick.

As usual, I soaked the piece in lemon oil, then backed it with thick felt.

I REALLY like the way this turned out – it is one of my favorite pieces.

Comments are more than welcome!

Oh yeah – I would be remiss if I didn’t end this post by saying “Yippee-ki-yay, ................” ;-)


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#1 posted 1254 days ago

That is way-cool! I have never worked with chestnut either. At first glance it looked like oak. It must be a strong wood, to hold the details you have on the piece.

Great job! :)

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 1254 days ago

Starin’ at something, friend?

I ain’t your friend, palooka.


Very cool…


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#3 posted 1254 days ago

I wonder how something like that would look if you backed it with padauk or some other contrasting wood, then filled it from the front with epoxy….... hmmmmm


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#4 posted 1254 days ago

You might consider making another one and sending him one of them. He’d love it.
Great work.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#5 posted 1254 days ago

Starin’ at something, friend?

I ain’t your friend, palooka.



Great scrollwork

-- Gary, Florida.

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#6 posted 1253 days ago

Hey great work! I like those scrollwork portraits very much and everytime i am amazed about the effect that come out with the simple shadow-structures a scrollworker has to do with a lot of patience. (Oh god my english must be horrible, sorry).
Thank you vey much for sharing with us.

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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#7 posted 1253 days ago

Really, really good. You’ve caught the look perfectly.

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

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#8 posted 1253 days ago

Heck yeah! Love Bruce! Old school action hero. Well done! Great job on the lettering too! How long did it take you?

-- christopheralan

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#9 posted 1251 days ago

I wish Bruce Willis was my dad.

-- You can't stand apart unless you're prepared to stand alone. Alex, Cleveland

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