It's in the eyes!

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Project by doug_w posted 930 days ago 1583 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Photographers say that getting a “catch light” reflection makes the eyes look more alive. My objective in this scroll saw project was to see if I could preserve the catch light in the eyes of my granddaughters. I knew that I would have to put the light on little stalks but hoped that they would look OK anyway. The first time I tried it, in 3/8” soft maple, one of them broke off from the imperfect motion of the saw blade. Moving to 1/2” hard maple, and using a 2/0 blade for the eyes I was able to pull it off. I think the eyes look incredibly alive, what do you think?

-- Doug, Georgia

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#1 posted 930 days ago

I can’t tell which the photograph and which is the scroll work. Seriously it came out awesome.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 930 days ago

That is just fantastic! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#3 posted 930 days ago


-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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Paulo in Texas

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#4 posted 930 days ago

You did a great job of capturing the light and life in their eyes.

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#5 posted 930 days ago

Hard to find that much cuteness and love all in one place, you did a great job of expressing it with your
scrollwork. Thank you for sharing and I hope you gave them a big group hug for being such excellent
models, although getting that close to that much energy could tend to lead to the statement, “I am tired,
so all of you need a nap.”, not that I have ever used that excuse.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 930 days ago

NAILED IT! Outstanding work.

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

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#7 posted 930 days ago

The eye’s have it,nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 930 days ago


-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 930 days ago

You are right on with your assessment. I enjoy your work. Thanks for sharing.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#10 posted 930 days ago

Really nice! Every effort of yours gets better and better.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#11 posted 930 days ago

This is really good.

Very realistic. you did an awsome job.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 930 days ago

You really did catch the light in thier eyes. You’ve made your scroll saw picture come alive.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 930 days ago

Looks really good. I think you nailed the light issue.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#14 posted 930 days ago

That is incredible….you really accomplished the life you were looking for!!! Great Job!! Thanks for sharing!

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#15 posted 930 days ago

That is outstanding!!! Great job!!! Only grandkids could motivate someone to spend that much time on such detail.

-- Magnolia, Texas

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