It is actually @ColinTheMathmo’s fault that I decided to torture this poor innocent screwdriver.


This is of course because I didn’t have a small enough chisel.


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It appears that this wood is actually a thin 3-layer plywood of some sort…it comes from a clementine box. I wonder if is pine, or something else.

Being plywood might explain why the wood is being easily removed to a consistent depth.

The sharpened screwdriver is perfectly sized to cut the edges, but I might have to make a smaller chisel to remove the material inside the grey rhombuses.

At this point, I do not know if this wood will hold fine details…


The current state of things…I still have the background to remove.

It is not as accurate as I would have liked, but maybe it will work.


@ColinTheMathmo i am thinking that I should go find a bigger chisel for the background 😊

@ColinTheMathmo i ended up getting the background off with the small screwdriver-chisel since I was too lazy to go and find a bigger one.

Now I need to cut all those little dividing lines…somehow

I might have to go find/make a little mallet or hammer to keep my palm from getting too sore.

@HypercubicPeg Ah, was this because I was talking about Escher's woodcuts? Or was it something else?

@ColinTheMathmo yes, the woodcuts…I am cheating a bit by printing my pattern and glueing it to the wood…it took me this long to find a reasonably-sized soft piece of wood without too much of a grain in my hoard. I am not going to try the end-grain “wood engraving” method though.

@ColinTheMathmo when you suggested trying to make a woodcut, my mind actually jumped to thinking about a very different technique that I could try. I will probably post about that later if it is successful…it might actually be worth a Bridges paper if it is.

@HypercubicPeg Cool! As I think I said ... it's really,really not easy. You could try very small experiments first to practise the "ink and print" bit ... going full scale for the first version would be very brave.

There's a saying ... it's faster to make a 4" telescope and then a 6" telescope than is is simply to make a 6" telescope

Practising the separate skills individually might repay you.

But good luck!

Thank you Colin. This is actually pretty tiny (about 3”x5.5”)…hence the “making a chisel” requirement. It is on a thin piece of pine, so it won’t be very deeply carved, though I suppose that could cut all the way through. I had wanted to make it slightly bigger, but couldn’t find a good piece of scrap in the size that I wanted.

The picture is a part of this image, so I might be able to print it on black sheet of paper…if it turns out 😊


@HypercubicPeg In the end, it's only the surface and the edges that matter. The bottoms of the cuts don't matter because they don't get inked and they don't do the printing.

Good luck!

@Spazio thank you 😎. Hopefully it will print okay…if I get around to finishing it 😊.

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