Custom woodworking and art
I have done my fair share of carvings but most of them have been 2-d and when you add the extra dimension it adds a whole different batch of skills needed to complete the carving. I started with an off cut from a western cedar 6×12 left over from a past project and I wanted to carve a fish using a salmon\trout as my guide and inspiration. My first thought was that I would do a picture tutorial complete with in-depth information on each of the steps, but then I quickly realized I didn’t know shit about carving a fish seeing that this was my first attempt at a truly 3-d carving and certainly had no business telling someone else how to do it. I have carved numerous plaques with quotes I love the written word and have carved trees,flowers,birds,native american war clubs,spoons, and knives complete with wooden sheaths. This however was different it was completely free form and I didn’t draw one reference line I just carved trusting my hands that have held many a fish to instinctively know where to go. I finished the piece with exterior deft oil and used a torch to add depth and age I most likely will hang it outside maybe with a plaque beneath it. This was fun it was exhilarating not following a line and adjusting as I went and letting what I knew I must know take over and brushing off the need to follow a template. It’s good to trust yourself every now and then.
“If our father had had his way, nobody who did not know
how to fish would be allowed to disgrace a fish by catching him.”
— Norman Maclean