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Philip Allin
01-25-2010, 10:24 PM
Here is my latest project - a 3-D carving based on a design of M. C. Escher. At the bottom is a pattern of winged horses that fit exactly together, that is, a tesselation. Going higher, the horses have more shape and size, with just two full figures at the top. I have now stained the tesselation, so you can see to alternate dark horses.

The piece is 2-1/2" x 4" x 12" - butternut. - Phil Allin


Bruce Page
01-25-2010, 11:27 PM
That's beautiful! It sure looks different from what you posted a few days ago.

doris fiebig
01-27-2010, 5:29 PM
hi phil, yes the darker stain brings that design beautifully. it is very nice how the horses became more full when looking higher, and the top one being in the round, gives a nice motion in the viewing. i like this idea,...

Philip Allin
01-28-2010, 11:01 PM
Hi Doris - thanks for your comments on my horse carving. Several of Escher's designs are made around the idea of figures changing shape and separating. The first I carved (about 35 years ago) was "Sky & Water I" - where the figures fit together in the middle, but separate and have more depth and detail toward the top and bottom:


Tim Thomas
01-29-2010, 12:55 PM
Really awesome. I have always been an Escher fan. Very cool to see his work translated from 2-D to 3-D. For your next project, why not try out his piece "Relativity". :D

Philip Allin
01-31-2010, 8:44 PM
Here is the final stage off this project.


Roger Strautman
02-01-2010, 6:39 AM
This looks really great! The staining definately helps pick out the horses.