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09-14-2016, 06:11 PM
A few years ago I tried making these. They are about 8.5"x11 (typical paper size for the US). The wood is 1/8" plywood cut out on a scroll saw and then a piece of black felt in the back. Some of the 3D effects are pretty cool.



I don't know why the connecting wood in the album title shows up like it does (like tape) ... this particular one was given as a gift so I can't get another photo.


The buttons on Custer's coat are surprising considering it's all 2D ...


09-14-2016, 06:15 PM
These are really cool!

09-14-2016, 07:46 PM
Thanks ... somewhere I thought I had a photo of one of these without the black felt but I can't find it now. The felt makes a HUGE difference in the way they look Without it they are flat but it gives them a 3D appearance which I thought was pretty cool.

09-15-2016, 02:41 AM
You are very skilled Ken, they remind me of the fretwork I used to see around as a kid.


09-15-2016, 02:55 AM
What patience you have.
Very nice

09-15-2016, 06:07 AM
Thanks Doug. I have always wanted to make a grandfather or grandmother clock including fretwork on the head. I can't afford a decent movement (or the wood either to be honest) so I probably will never get the chance to make one but I still enjoy looking at great craftsmanship in the work of others.

Thank you selectedgrub. These actually don't take as long as you'd think. I can knock one out in a couple hours more or less. The biggest hassle is drilling the pilot hole and feeding the scroll saw blade through it to make another cut - especially if the piece to be cut out is small. You have to also always be aware the any of the wood MUST trace a path to the outside frame or it's just going to fall off. :lol: :lol: :lol:

09-25-2016, 09:37 AM
I have a large fretwork saw and you have inspired me to dust it off and get back to work...and yes, gotta make sure every piece is connected!

These are quite well done.

09-26-2016, 08:40 AM
Thanks Greg .. they are fun to do. Try one .. you'll enjoy it ... and it's always a surprise to see what they look like once the black felt it behind them.

11-23-2016, 09:45 PM
Ken, these are wonderful! Looks interesting

12-20-2016, 10:07 PM
Oh these are interesting! Very cool, remind me of Andy Warhol's colorful paintings - what a gorgeous technique. Very striking.

12-20-2016, 10:38 PM
Thank you Robert ... they are different. I can't take credit for the technique but I used it and enjoyed it. Hee's Custer without the felt so you can see exactly what it is. One thing I really enjoy about art is fooling the viewer into seeing something in 3D when the art is 2D.



07-14-2017, 09:54 AM
very nice Ken... I love wood working, but do not have the machines anymore since I moved to Germany... long past gone :)...

10-27-2017, 10:52 AM
Those are really good! Very nice work!

10-27-2017, 11:03 AM
Thanks Sheryl .. they were different and fun.

01-06-2018, 04:38 PM
Ken these are great!
Love the effect with the black backing, very cool!