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Project by KnotCurser posted 250 days ago 1475 views 4 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?

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com





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michelletwo

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#1 posted 250 days ago

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.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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GFYS

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#2 posted 250 days ago

I like it!

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BritBoxmaker

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#3 posted 250 days ago

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. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 250 days ago

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! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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degoose

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#5 posted 250 days ago

WICKED… fabulous tribute to MC Escher…

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

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Celticscroller

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#6 posted 250 days ago

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

-- Anna http://richmondcarvers.com/

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KnotCurser

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#7 posted 250 days ago

Anna,

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: http://www.woodenteddybearonline.com/x/product.php?productid=3393&cat=550&page=3

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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Michael Wilson

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#8 posted 250 days ago

Holy…

Wow…

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

Very nice.

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KnotCurser

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#9 posted 250 days ago

Micheal,

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:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/50065

Thanks for the compliments!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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RussInMichigan

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#10 posted 250 days ago

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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Mip

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#11 posted 250 days ago

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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JT23325

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#12 posted 250 days ago

superb. Escher would be proud!!

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

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CFrye

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#13 posted 250 days ago

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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cathyb

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#14 posted 250 days ago

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

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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Roger

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#15 posted 249 days ago

Holy Moly!!

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