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.