The Impossible

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706 days ago (almost two years, where has the time gone) I posted the final part of the blog on the construction of this but I realised the other day I never posted it as a project. It never made it to be a box lid but it is a rather nice piece of wall art which resides on the ‘Stairway to Devon’ (see previous wall art posts).

The pattern is 200mm across corners, 6mm deep on a 3mm plywood base. Its made of Ebony, Purpleheart and Sycamore. Glued with PVA and Sanding Sealer only for a finish.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#1 posted 05-24-2012 12:14 PM

Let me be the first to say – this is super cool!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#2 posted 05-24-2012 12:16 PM

Nicely done, Martyn. I like it a lot. You have a knack for creating both complexity and beauty simultaneously.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 05-24-2012 12:24 PM


This would make anyone’s wall look better!

From reading your blogs I KNOW how this is done, but it still confuses/impresses me!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 05-24-2012 12:29 PM

its a series of walkways going into really small rooms….....its a floating space station….well , whatever it was in your mind, i really dont know, as i could not live there long without going crazy…so ill leave that to you martyn, you seem to be able to handle your mind pretty well…ill just enjoy what comes out of it..and ill stay happy in my less complicated one, oh and i will wipe my own backside :)...hows that…..beautiful job…...

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 05-24-2012 12:31 PM

Escher would be proud!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#6 posted 05-24-2012 01:08 PM


-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 05-24-2012 01:31 PM

Martyn, this one puts you in the upper Escherlons of woodworkers.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#8 posted 05-24-2012 02:19 PM

Nicely done Martyn, I like the colors.

And I like the new avatar photo too.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#9 posted 05-24-2012 02:23 PM

Still looks great!
It’s been a favorite of mine as well.

I have made a few more of them since with the last one waiting to become a table for my newly married daughter.
Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#10 posted 05-24-2012 02:33 PM

Sycamore. Who would have thought. I need to pay attention to tree identification and prepare for the next big storm off Lake Michigan. Some call it a catastrophe, but the silver lining is, the streets are paved with gold.

I have to turn away. Your wall lid makes me want to stare.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#11 posted 05-24-2012 02:35 PM

You simply blow my mind with your designs. Great as always.

-- Life is Good Enough --

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#12 posted 05-24-2012 02:36 PM

It looks perfect, Martyn. Your Stairway to Devon must prevent people from actually getting upstairs.


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#13 posted 05-24-2012 03:10 PM

Simply fantabulastic!!!! We have all been “Escherized” by the master woodworker himself!!!
Thanks for all you contribute to LJ’s Martyn, it’s just wonderful !!

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#14 posted 05-24-2012 03:15 PM

Incredible work.

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#15 posted 05-24-2012 03:21 PM

The 3D effect/illusion is phenomenal! What a mind trip ! ! ! ! Who said that the impossible just takes a little longer?

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

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