Shogun Scrollwork on Silver Maple

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Project by KnotCurser posted 03-29-2011 11:43 PM 1838 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This scrollwork is done on a piece of silver maple that, until last year, was growing in my back yard.

A storm tore a rather large branch off, which I cut up for firewood. On a whim, I decided to run a smallish log through my bandsaw to see what it looked like. What you see is the results.

Every time I look at this piece I see something else. Spalting, pillowing, bug holes, knots – everything!

I wanted to to pick a piece equally as special as the piece of wood. I had been sitting on this artwork of a Shogun Warrior for a while and held off because I knew it would take a long while to finish. This seemed the perfect match.

Overall, the piece measures 13 inches high by 9 inches at it’s widest point and is quarter of an inch thick.

Finish was a soaking in lemon oil, a quick spray of shellac and then backed by thick felt.

This took over eight hours of work over a period of about two weeks and I enjoyed every cut!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 11:47 PM

That is outrageous…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 11:49 PM

wow , nice project.

-- What I can do with a piece of wood and mine or your imagination.

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#3 posted 03-30-2011 12:17 AM

Beautiful work, and well presented. Everything from the grain to the image is interesting.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 03-30-2011 12:43 AM

This is a very nice piece Bob, I didn’t realise it was cut out till pic 4. perfect choice of timber for sure , Great job

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 03-30-2011 12:44 AM

that is crazy. I love it.


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#6 posted 03-30-2011 01:40 AM

Very cool

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#7 posted 03-30-2011 02:59 AM

Awesome. Great job!

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#8 posted 03-30-2011 05:30 AM

You’ve got to be kidding me; I thought that was painted on! That’s amazing! Great scrollwork Bob!

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

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#9 posted 03-30-2011 12:43 PM

one of the best scroll-art I’ve ever seen. I think it is the wood that takes this piece from WOW to extraordinary

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 03-30-2011 01:30 PM

Thank you all – I am blushing. :-)

Ms. Debbie – I fully agree with your statement that the wood takes this piece to a new level – I have about a half-dozen images just waiting for that “special piece” of wood. Eventually they will find a home….....


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#11 posted 03-30-2011 05:36 PM

Thumbs up!

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#12 posted 03-30-2011 06:18 PM

Bob that is beautiful, Love it. Did you use a spiral blade or a flat blade or both?


-- Chris Ward

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#13 posted 03-31-2011 08:46 PM

Absolutely stunning!!!!

-- Cheers, Joel Elder

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#14 posted 03-31-2011 10:43 PM


I used a #3 double reverse tooth blade from Flying Dutchman. Too tight for a spiral in this case.

Thanks again everyone for the compliments!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#15 posted 04-09-2011 07:02 AM

Love the scroll work amazing! What is the lemon oil finish you used? Thanks!

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