Scroll Saw Portrait

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Project by EMVarona posted 546 days ago 1061 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have not been doing portraits for sometime since the shop that serves as my outlet closed down. I am trying it out again since it feels like new territory at this point. I started of with a photo. With the use of Gimp, I converted the photo into a black and white photocopy image. I farther increased the contrast and erased unnecessary elements using Inkscape. Next I traced the image on to the board using carbon paper then cutting. The back board is 1/4 in plywood covered with book cover material.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#1 posted 546 days ago

Very nice work!

-- just rjR

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#2 posted 546 days ago

Great looking picture

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#3 posted 546 days ago

Great job on the pattern and the cutting.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#4 posted 546 days ago

Great Job Ed!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 546 days ago

Excellent. Nice job on the layout and execution of the piece!!.............Jim

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

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#6 posted 545 days ago

Great work Ed!

Very true-to-life and just enough detail without going “overboard”.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#7 posted 545 days ago

Really cool, nice work

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 544 days ago

Thanks a lot guys. Through experience when working on a project like this a lot of discretion has to be taken. The computer will produce a high contrast image but it includes almost all details. The scroll sawer has to use his/her judgement in selecting what to include or eliminate. This is where experience comes in.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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#9 posted 542 days ago

A scrolled picture sure looks better than a photo picture. Super nice scrolling

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

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#10 posted 540 days ago

Very nice artwork Ed, I myself is a Photoshop expert but never done before the techniques you mentioned above. Great job on the scrollsaw.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#11 posted 539 days ago

Thanks, Armand, I do not know much about Photoshop cause I use Gimp, an image manipulation program for Linux. Basically the technique is to convert the photo to a high contrast image.
Thanks again. Good to hear from you once more.

-- Ed "Real happiness is one that you share."

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