Otis the Minpin Scrollwork

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Project by KnotCurser posted 916 days ago 992 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was made as a gift to my wife for her birthday earlier this month.

Otis was a Miniature Pincher that my wife was introduced to as a very tiny puppy. He spent his entire life with her and became her closest friend. I am fairly sure that if she would have had to choose between myself or Otis, I would be packing my things! Luckily, everyone was a friend of Otis’ – even our three cats. He got along with everyone and made everyone he met a tiny bit happier for knowing him.

Sadly, Otis passed away a few years ago one bright summer day. He was 14 1/2 years old.

The cutting measures 10×12 inches and is solid Ambrosia Maple. Treatment is a soak in lemon oil and a backing of thick felt.

My wife would also like a shadow-box style frame made from a dark wood – once this is done I will post as Picture 4.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 916 days ago

Hi, Bob:
So sorry to hear of your loss. Even though it was years ago, I am sure it is still painful. It is good that Otis had such a happy life and it sounds like he made all around him happy and filled their hearts with joy. This will be remembered forever and all will be reminded of it by this beautiful piece of art. You did a wonderful job on this and I am sure you put your heart and soul into it too. Thanks for sharing not only the picture, but the story too.


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 916 days ago

Sweet. Awesome as usual. Thanks for posting.

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

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Tom Willis

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#3 posted 915 days ago

Hi Bob
Excellent work.
Thank you for posting.
I feel sure the gift will be appreaciated for years.

All the Best


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Pete Jansen

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#4 posted 915 days ago

Nice job.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#5 posted 915 days ago

Well done, Bob . . . a wonderful way to remember a departed friend. Did you use a puter software to convert the photo to a pattern? If so, which one did u use?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#6 posted 915 days ago

Very nicely done and a fitting tribute, your work is beautiful.

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

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#7 posted 915 days ago

our pets will always be in our hearts. very nice tribute and very nice scrolling

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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