“Looking Back” Deer Portrait

Touching portrait of a doe and fawn captured in wood

By Charlie Dearing

As soon as I saw the photo this pattern is based on, I knew I had to recreate it in wood. It’s an iconic image of mother and child that transcends species.

Projects cut from thin plywood, such as this, should be stack cut. Stack cutting protects fragile fretwork bridges and speeds up production, giving you two projects in the time it takes to cut one.

Making the Portrait

Cut the blank or blanks to size. Secure the stack using double-sided tape or brads in waste areas. Attach the pattern to the blank with spray adhesive. Drill blade-entry holes and cut the fretwork, saving the cutout pieces whenever possible. After you finish cutting, replace the cutout pieces to support the fretwork while you sand everything smooth. Apply a clear spray finish and frame as desired.

CLICK HERE to download the pattern for Looking Back. 

• Baltic birch plywood, 1/8″ (3mm) thick: 10″ x 12″ (25.4cm x 30.5cm)
• Spray adhesive
• Sandpaper

• Scroll saw blades: #0 or #2 spiral blades
• Sander

About the Author

Charles Dearing currently resides in Round Rock, Texas. His artistic talents became evident at an early age, but he didn’t discover the joys of scrolling until later in life. For Charles, scrolling became an addiction. He started creating his own designs when he couldn’t find commercial patterns to meet his needs. He continues to strive for success, mainly driven by the love he has for his beautiful daughter, Kacey. Visit Charles’ website at

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