Fish Out of Water - Intarsia Woodworking

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Project by Chris Mobley posted 04-04-2013 12:26 PM 2642 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most everything that I do, I do with someone in mind and/or for some reason. I very rarely make something just to make it. I found a picture a while back that I really liked of a fish jumping up out of the water to catch a dragon-fly. What drew me to this design was the way the water seemed to splash right out of the frame over a log. I had it printed and held on to it until now.

My brother-in-law had a band saw that he never used and it seemed like it was going to waste. I had a feeling he would just be getting rid of it soon, so I called him up and asked him what his plans were for this saw. His response was “I’m taking it to your house!” Perfect I thought! I get a new toy and now I have an excuse to make him something as a way of saying “Thank You!”

It didn’t take me long to remember the fish design that I had stored away for such an occasion as this. I pulled it out and got to work immediately. Once I started this piece, I began to make small changes here and there. The design called for some weeds and cat tails sticking up out of the water. I didn’t like this as much, so I removed them from my plan. I also decided to remove the dragon-fly that the fish was jumping up to grab and I inserted a fishing lure.

Since my brother-in-law is a fisherman, I knew this change would personalize this piece and make all the difference in the world. I wanted it to look like the fish had just been hooked and was being pulled up out of the water. His delight when I gave it to him makes all of this worthwhile and I would consider this a mission accomplished!

-- Chris Mobley -

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#1 posted 04-04-2013 12:56 PM

Very nice. If you make another like that, keep me in mind :) I’ll even send you an old lure.

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#2 posted 04-04-2013 01:03 PM

A beautiful piece of work. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 01:44 PM

Great job

-- Todd

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#4 posted 04-04-2013 01:52 PM

Very nice work. I am a fisherman too… ;-)

-- Gerry (the beginner), Gatineau, QC, Canada

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#5 posted 04-04-2013 02:34 PM

Nice werk Chris. When I saw the pic and before I saw the plug I though it would be nice to put a plug in it’s mouth.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#6 posted 04-04-2013 03:32 PM


Great work, and great story! WIN/WIN!

What kind of band saw?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 04-04-2013 03:42 PM

Very nice adaptions and a great gift. Good job Chris!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 04-04-2013 03:48 PM

beautiful work. The picture is so vivid looking, it does jump right out at you. The idea to substitute a real fishing lure was great and a nice touch that I’m sure your brother-in-law appreciated. Does he have any other unused tool that he could use to inspire you further?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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