Johnny Cash Scrollwork

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Project by KnotCurser posted 09-14-2011 10:06 PM 1837 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Hello, I’m Johnny Cash…...........”

John R. “Johnny” Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, and author, who has been called one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. – Wikipedia

I was asked to create this cutting by a co-worker of mine. I didn’t want to at first, mainly because I think there are a lot better pictures of Johnny than this one – then I started reading about the background and meaning of this picture and I am now happy I was asked.

While I will say “Sorry” for the rather vulgar portrayal of Johnny Cash, I urge you to read the following web page that prompted this ad (Pic 2) to be run in Billboard Magazine on March 25, 1998.

The wood used is solid American Elm which I milled myself and is around 1/4 inch thick.

Piece measures 7 1/2×11 inches overall.

Finish is a quick soak in lemon oil and then backed with thick felt.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 09-14-2011 10:51 PM

best bird flippin ever! As far as I’m concerned, this shot doesn’t even need a background, the raw emotion comes right through and very powerfully. puts all its imitators to shame.

anyway, nice work on the wood too :-)

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#2 posted 09-14-2011 11:29 PM

That looks really good. I thought it was wood burning at first.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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Pete Jansen

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#3 posted 09-14-2011 11:57 PM

Nice bird. I wish I could find slabs like that around here.
I can’t find slabs or rounds anywhere at a reasonable price.
The stuff on eBay is ridiculously priced as well.
Nice job anyway.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#4 posted 09-15-2011 12:23 AM

I am a big fan of Johny. I have listened to him for over forty years. I like your work and you did the bird justice.
Johny was asked, Lets take one for the warden?
Be careful what you ask for.

-- Mel,

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Wes Giesbrecht

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#5 posted 09-15-2011 06:35 AM

Nice job on the image :-)

Fans! You all know who Rodney Crowell is right? (He was Johnny’s son in law for awhile.)
You’ve just gotta hear a song called I Walk the Line Revisited by Johnny and Rodney.
I promise you’ll love it.

-- Wes Giesbrecht

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#6 posted 09-15-2011 07:42 AM

Your scroll work is superb! The picture is real nice…well atleast your skillz are…

-- -Joshuah

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#7 posted 09-15-2011 09:16 AM

I couldn’t believe what I thought that was on the thumbnail, but it is and I really couldn’t believe that!! Thanks for putting in the link. I wondered why there isn’t any country music anymore. Now I know. Nice job of Johnny.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 04-01-2013 06:53 AM

Great piece and thanks for sharing the article big fan of Johnny Cash. I had seen that pic a lot but never heard the full story.

-- "He who has no dog, hunts with a cat" Portuguese proverb

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