"The Happy Couple" Scrollwork

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Project by KnotCurser posted 04-13-2012 09:04 PM 1287 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a commissioned project from a co-worker of mine.

He wanted to surprise his girlfriend with a portrait of themselves and hired me to design the pattern and cut it on the scrollsaw.

The most challenging part of the project was designing the pattern – that hold true for most of my works though. The most challenging part of the scrolling was most certainly the ladies hair – it is very pretty and very full and I wanted to reflect that in the final work.

Overall, the project took around six hours – spread out of a couple of weeks.

Wood is good ol’ Baltic Birch and overall size is 12×16 inches. Finish is a soaking in lemon oil and a thick felt backing.

I presented this to the customer yesterday and I knew he loved it immediately. He later sent me a very nice email stating his girlfriend felt the same way – mission successful!!

FYI: The customer gave me his permission to display this cutting as well as the photo – I always receive permission from any personal works I do prior to putting them online.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 04-13-2012 09:09 PM

Outstanding job, Bob! It is always a pleasure to see your work. You do the portraits so nicely! This was great to see!

Sheila :)

-- 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 04-13-2012 09:10 PM

You got skills, Bob.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 04-13-2012 09:20 PM

Well done… nice work…

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

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#4 posted 04-13-2012 09:31 PM

Nice Work! Very well done!
I am glad they loved it! Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 04-13-2012 10:14 PM

Your work is wonderful! All it takes work is very well done! Congratulations friend!

-- António Guerreiro

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#6 posted 04-13-2012 10:21 PM

wonderful work Bob. I can see why they are so pleased. The hair work is really impressive.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 04-13-2012 10:57 PM

very nice scrollin

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

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#8 posted 04-13-2012 11:03 PM

This would be way more than good enough for identification in a Police lineup! ;-) Your work is impeccable!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 04-14-2012 12:26 AM

Very nice job if I say so myself. You have some very delicate sections in there. Great job on the hair too.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#10 posted 04-14-2012 03:25 AM

WOW beautiful work.

-- Todd

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#11 posted 04-14-2012 04:42 AM

That’s great work, Bob. How did you turn the photo into a scrollable image? Did you use one of those software designed to do that?

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

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#12 posted 04-14-2012 11:05 AM


I DO use software, but not “Pattern Makers” software. I have tried some of those, but I find them very elementary and simple in the way they operate. They never give me enough detail.

Part of my “Scrollsawing in a Nutshell” Blog contains some of the methods I use – here’s a link to that entry:

Basically I use PhotoShop for the majority of the work.

Thanks for the compliments!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#13 posted 04-14-2012 01:33 PM

Very intricate and lifelike portrait. It shows both the picture and reflects the happiness shared between
the couple. You have great skills both with the scrollsaw and with making the pattern to cut. Thank you
for sharing. It is easy to see why they gave you permission to post.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#14 posted 04-14-2012 01:49 PM

Very nice. You are so good at designing the pattern! I think your finished work is excellent. What software do you use to design with, if you don’t mind my asking?

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#15 posted 04-14-2012 02:21 PM

You are a human camera

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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