M.C. Escher Image Jigsaw Puzzle

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Project by KnotCurser posted 11-03-2013 03:03 PM 2453 views 5 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This puzzle is FINALLY finished – I started on this around a year ago and just finished it a few days back.

Not that this SHOULD have taken that long, but I always had “something better to do”. I think we all have projects like this, right?

First off, thanks go to Adrian Iredale for the idea to use Escher’s “Mosaic II” image as a jigsaw puzzle. Once you look at the image, it kind of begs to be a puzzle, eh?

The image was printed onto photo paper and then affixed to solid 1/4” Oak to be cut on the scrollsaw.

I used a Flying Dutchman brand puzzle blade and carefully cut apart the figures.

This is a VERY tricky puzzle to put back together without a reference card – surprisingly so. Just stare at Pic 1 for a while and see if you can find any pieces that would go together…......

Dimensions are around 11 inches “square”.

I don’t know why the photos turned out with such a purplish tint to them – they are in fact only shades of gray.

I still have to make some kind of container to hold these pieces – maybe one of Escher’s Boxes as a pattern?



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 11-03-2013 03:25 PM

this is soooo cool. It took me quite a while to understand this. I had to keep going back & forth on the pictures. Totally rocks.

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#2 posted 11-03-2013 03:32 PM

I like it!

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#3 posted 11-03-2013 05:54 PM

Perfect and well worth all the effort, Bob. One of those projects that you could look at for ages.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 11-03-2013 06:34 PM

I am a big fan of Escher and you did an amazing job on the puzzle. It DOES call out to be a puzzle, doesn’t it?

Awesome! :)


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

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#5 posted 11-03-2013 08:36 PM

WICKED… fabulous tribute to MC Escher…

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

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#6 posted 11-03-2013 08:52 PM

Amazing work! The puzzle blade that you used must be very fine?

-- Anna

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#7 posted 11-03-2013 09:10 PM


They are indeed a pretty fine blade – decent size, but VERY thin. Only .008” thick.

If anyone is interested, here’s the link for them:



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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Michael Wilson

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#8 posted 11-03-2013 09:48 PM



I mean, how would you even… pfff. I don’t even know what to ask.

Very nice.

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#9 posted 11-03-2013 09:57 PM


This was a relatively easy puzzle to cut – the pieces were nice an large with bold black lines in between to cut on.

If you REALLY want to see a tough puzzle to cut, take a gander at one of my earlier challenges:

Thanks for the compliments!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#10 posted 11-04-2013 02:36 AM

This image is one of my favorites and it’s one of the first jigsaw a puzzles I cut. I use the same Flying Dutchman Superior Puzzle blades and they are nice.

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#11 posted 11-04-2013 02:42 AM

One of the cooler puzzles I’ve seen here, and I’ve seen some doozies. Shades of gray? Are you reading that book?

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#12 posted 11-04-2013 03:07 AM

superb. Escher would be proud!!

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#13 posted 11-04-2013 03:36 AM

Great stuff! I noticed you thanked but did not identify Adrian Iredale as a ‘friend’. heeheehee ;-)
I cannot imagine putting this together without a reference image. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 11-04-2013 05:15 AM

I didn’t ever think that I needed a scroll saw, but this is really an interesting project. Great job!

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#15 posted 11-04-2013 11:53 AM

Holy Moly!!

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

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