One Tree Woodwork

Custom woodworking and art

Upstream or Down

I call this carving Upstream for obvious reasons it depicts a salmon during its arduous journey upriver to spawn. The carving was done from a 2″ thick piece of spalted sycamore aprox 15″ wide by 4′ long. The entire carving was done by using a chainsaw grinder including  setting the stones into the wood. I used a blow torch to give some age and shading to the piece before putting a two stage finish on it. Around all of the inset stones I created a swirl effect to mimic the natural movement of water. It was difficult to get pictures of this piece I really could use the help of a professional photographer. I dig this because its got a real pacific northwest vibe going on.



Facts taken from the internet:

Salmon Fun Facts

Here are some interesting and FUN facts about our beloved salmon:

  • All salmon die after spawning (reproducing). But steelheads can have multiple spawn cycles in their life time.
  • Salmon are one of the few creatures that can live part of the their life in freshwater and the other in saltwater.
  • Salmon find their home waters by sense of smell which is even more keen than a dog or bear. They also rely on ocean currents, tides and the gravitational pull of the moon to navigate back to the water they were born.
  • Chinook salmon are the largest Pacific salmon – some can grow to be over 100 pounds. However, they are rate, most are under 50 pounds.
  • Male chum salmon are often called dog salmon because they develop large “teeth” during spawning – resembling canine.
  • In Washington, pink salmon runs only occur in odd-numbered years.
  • Salmon species have adapted to use nearly every part of every stream in the northwest.
  • Over half of the salmon at grocery stores are from salmon farms.
  • Chile and Norway are the two largest salmon farming countries.
  • Salmon on average produce 2,500-7,000 eggs.
  • Salmon can jump 2 meters into the air when swimming upstream.
  • During spawning, salmon do not eat food.



2 comments on “Upstream or Down

  1. Crystal Jackson
    September 17, 2011

    I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul… we’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.
    — Neil Armstrong

    They a licking and keep on ticking. It’s awesome, Tohner.

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