Trout in Tree

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Project by Justin Gordon posted 12-03-2019 12:56 PM 916 views 3 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This guy had a pine tree taken down that came through the middle of his deck that looked out over a pond. The tree was 38 inches diameter and there was 3 1/2 feet of tree below the deck and 14 feet above the deck. It took us about 14 months to get to the carving day and in that time the pine dried out beautifully so there was no water or pitch in the tree. It carved like butter. And my staging also had to have 2 legs off the deck so I could use my two foot wide adjustable staging platforms.

The guy wanted a breaching trout and to keep the cost down, with no scales. I had to figure just how much curve to put in the fish to get a nice shape yet get the fish as big as possible so as not to waste any of this huge tree.

It took about 12 working days with chainsaws, angle and rotary sanders, and hand tools to finish it. The final finish was a light brown deck sealer. For sizing the final carving, I’m 6’ 1” tall.

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#1 posted 12-03-2019 01:36 PM

Thats awesome!

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#2 posted 12-03-2019 02:28 PM

Beautiful work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 12-03-2019 03:16 PM


-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#4 posted 12-03-2019 03:27 PM

that is just magnificent,a true work of art.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 12-03-2019 03:28 PM

IOW How to turn a potentially damaging tree into beautiful fish art.

Just awesome.

Nice job.

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#6 posted 12-03-2019 03:40 PM

Very cool.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 12-03-2019 03:56 PM

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#8 posted 12-03-2019 04:53 PM

That is totally fantastic!

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#9 posted 12-03-2019 05:55 PM

Great work. That is beautiful .

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#10 posted 12-03-2019 06:11 PM

Coolest idea Ive ever seen!

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#11 posted 12-03-2019 06:13 PM


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#12 posted 12-03-2019 06:50 PM

What a project! Beautiful job.

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#13 posted 12-03-2019 11:20 PM

Truly Phenomenal that.

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#14 posted 12-04-2019 12:34 AM

Great job.

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#15 posted 12-04-2019 12:34 AM

Truly Phenomenal that.

- anthm27

so anth ill bet the farm doesn’t have a 12’ tall trout? so maybe it needs one,or maybe a 20’ kangaroo-huh !

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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