Scrollwork: My Son's Lighthouse

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Project by rance posted 803 days ago 869 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a piece that comes from a treasure of mine. At age 9, my youngest son drew this picture while (not) listening to the sermon one morning. The picture later made its way to my bible. It has remained there ever since. I cherish it each time I run across it.

I blew it up(photographically speaking), and scrolled it on 1/8” BB plywood. I mounted that on a Luan backer painted black. The frame is reclaimed Brazillian Cherry flooring I spent about 2hrs in a dumpster at nearly 1am scavenging. Oh, the Luan came from the same dumpster. I get sheets of this from a local flooring company. I even got some Bubinga flooring one time out of that same dumpster. It is a regular stop on my way home from Church.

Yes, I can scroll better than this. The purpose of this one was to replicate as close as possible, my son’s original artwork.

Enjoy! All comments and criticisms welcome.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 803 days ago

Very NICE!

Golly… for his age, I’d say he did very VERY well getting perspective just right…
You have something to be proud of!


-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 803 days ago

Very nice. Great remembrance for in the future!! what a treasure!!....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 803 days ago

A definite piece o art to cherish from your son. Nice way to preserve it.

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

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#4 posted 803 days ago


Happy Fathers’ Day. This is much nicer than tatterd and torn and stuck to the refridgerator. Or stuck in a drawer and forgotten. I’ll bet at 22 you’re even matr proud of him/ Well done and it didn’t cost anything. Classic.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 803 days ago

Nice, Rance.

Funny how little things can mean so much to us, isn’t it. I have stuff hanging in my shop, done by my son while he would spend time with me in the shop. I really miss those times. Those times and items mean a lot to me, in spite of the fact they aren’t works of art to anyone but me.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 803 days ago

No Rance, you can’t scroll better than this. This is the best. I never thought of translating my kid’s work before, but now I have thanks to you. Happy father’s day.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#7 posted 803 days ago


Before I read your narrative I thought it was going to be how you framed your son’s artwork. After reading it, the scrollwork became even more interesting and fully explained. That was a great idea you had and you pulled it off magnificently. I would be proud to show that off in my home and the sentimental value to you makes it a priceless piece of handiwork.

I have an idea for you. Now that you have a “replica” of the original in a larger format, have you thought of doing a version of the same piece using Marquetry. I think it would look fantastic and I know you could pull it off. Then, make it a gift to your son for some upcoming occasion.

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#8 posted 803 days ago

Thanks guys, and Happy Father’s Day to you all. Gene, I laughed out loud at your comment. And then read the rest.

Andy_P, I showed it to him. He didn’t even recall drawing it. He is more interested in one of his Husky. I think I’ll do that one. After struggling with a(still unfinished) Intarsia piece, I think I’ll keep the marquetry at bay for a bit longer. Maybe eventually I’ll get to that.

Scroll question: I wanted the lines in this to represent the thickness of the drawing. This meant that each one required two passes. Should I have done this differently? Is there an alternative blade I should have used?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 802 days ago

Rance is a friend of mine. I’ve seen him scroll saw. Gene – you’re right, this is his best!

Another creative creation – nice job Rance!

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#10 posted 802 days ago

Rod, Pat just told me she would like to have it. It currently sits at Hill Center gallery in DC. Now I hope it doesn’t sell.

Andy, I’ve not missed your PM. I’ll get back to you on your question.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#11 posted 802 days ago

Nice job, although I’d have to say my favorite part is the story behind it and the mental image of you dumpster diving every week after church.

-- Perilous to all of us are the devices of an art deeper than we ourselves possess. --Gandalf the Grey

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#12 posted 801 days ago

A nice reminder of good times past. Those reminders of our kids when they were young are priceless. I’d say you did a great job of recreating the original.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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