Bob Dylan Scrollwork

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Project by KnotCurser posted 01-27-2012 07:09 PM 2171 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to do a Bob Dylan cutting for a LONG time but could never find just the right pattern or pose. I finally started going back over my collection of pictures of him and focused on this one. The face lured me in – Dylan sings with such emotion and this picture I think reflects that very well.

I also tried my hand at being a sketch-artist for the first time and attempted to draw his likeness freehand instead of using photoshop to auto-generate anything. While it took a lot longer, I feel pretty proud of my efforts! :-)

This doesn’t mean I won’t be using my photoshop tricks in the future. ;-)

As you can see in Pic 2, I did a triple stack-cutting – I think I will be keeping one of them for myself and allowing a consignment shop I am partnered with sell the other two.

Wood is 1/8” Baltic Birch. Piece measures 9×10 inches overall.

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

Comments on this one are not only welcomed but requested – thanks for viewing!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 01-27-2012 07:42 PM

You nailed it.
You got skills my man. I could never do this.

How is the consignment shop working out?

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 01-27-2012 07:46 PM

Hello KnotCurser

AS usual a fantastic scroll saw work

How many time did you need to draw a pattern like this ?

A lot time to get the good picture with the maximum of contrast and in with a good pose

Thanks for sharing

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

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#3 posted 01-27-2012 08:01 PM


The consignment ship is working out better than expected. Won’t make me rich, but I AM selling pieces. I am not charged “rent”, so if I don’t sell anything I don’t have to pay for space. Very good deal overall – I am pleased with it.


Normally I spend around 45 minutes to an hour on the pattern alone – that’s for a complex one such as this. This time I actually sketched the image completely by hand prior to creating a pattern from it. That nearly tripled the time it too as my artist skills are no where near as good as my pattern making/cutting skills. ;-)



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 01-27-2012 09:03 PM

Hey Bob
Super scroll work of Bobbie.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 01-28-2012 01:11 AM

oh yes…. Bob was/is one o the best story-tellers…. one of my favs of his is “Forever Young” it’s awesome gr8 scrollin of a music icon. awesome

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 01-28-2012 05:42 AM

Fantastic – I am a Bob fan….............very nicely done!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 01-28-2012 07:38 AM

Very very nice. Great picture and great transformation. There is no mistaking the emotion coming through.

Glad to hear that your work is being appreciated by others and is selling in the shop! Best of luck as that continues to evolve.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#8 posted 01-30-2012 05:12 AM

Great job. I like it!

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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