About the rose engraving left in the laser room

I am curious who did the lovely rose engraving that was sitting on the Tarkin computer today?

I love the texture of the wood and the nice clean engraving and relief. Whoever did this, would you be willing to share some details, such as…

  • Settings
  • Wood type (walnut?)
  • Prep or post-process? (e.g. I assume it was at least cleaned, given complete absence of ash)


@J-LoM see this other thread

@stepho, thanks. And I see it is another @dannym piece. :slight_smile:

I didn’t really think it was walnut, but something about the back had a walnut-y feel to it. I would not have guessed cedar. This might also have something to do with my colorblindness… :roll_eyes::cowboy_hat_face:

The variable density and “waves of grain” part makes sense, but the tightest grain detail is finer than I expected. I guess maybe I’ve always had relatively crappy cedar.

It is cedar. The settings are penciled in on back. This is done with grayscale at higher powers and the line interval needs to be pretty small.

Wood will start to show grain pretty quickly, because the cut is shallower where it hits the hard bands of the grain. This grain actually looks quite good here, but much deeper and the grain will add roughness and overwhelm the detail. Cedar seems to have less prominent density variations in its grain so it seems to one of the better woods for it.

I left a cheap electric toothbrush there. You put a drop of dish soap on it the toothbrush and brush it in the sink. This takes off the gummy soot with no damage to the detail and leaves no residue.

This takes a surprisingly small line interval. In fact to get this smooth, I specified what I needed and LB thought I was joking:

I assure you I am completely serious. But don’t call me “Shirley”.


Ha! I am amused by the idea of Lightburn having a “setting sanity check”. It’s far from the most insane software around (I’m squinting my eyes in the direction of Shark CNC…), but it isn’t entirely sane, either.

Anyway, good info on the technique and the properties of cedar for this sort of thing. I’ll add this aesthetic to my backlog of experiments to try. :smile_cat:

Just rewatched “Airplane” … classic!