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Brown Trout from the Bow!

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Project by Roman - THE BOOTMAN posted 01-22-2014 01:21 AM 1400 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I needed a carving to demonstrate fish carving to my up and coming power carving class at our local Lee Valley Tool store. The brown trout is prevalent in our Bow River and the colour pattern presented a challenge to me and hopefully to my carving class students.

I used a stylized pattern designed by Tom Dean, a Great Falls , Montana artist. The pattern was taken from the summer 2010 issue, No. 51 Woodcarving Illustrated. Tom leaves his carvings with a natural finish and I must say they are exquisite! See his work at www.milocreekcarvings.com.

I used basswood for my carving but I chose to paint this piece using a variety of sprays to obtain a suitable base coloration. Then I used acrylics for the highlights. Iridescent white was used to simulate the scales on the white sections of the carving. A clear lacquer spray was the final coat to give the fish a wet appearance.

The Brown is mounted on a piece of apple wood root on a mahogany base.

Enjoy!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.





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Spoontaneous

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#1 posted 01-22-2014 01:25 AM

Roman… I am envious of your painting skills. I got none.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#2 posted 01-22-2014 01:36 AM

Looks like a live fish to me. Super nice.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#3 posted 01-22-2014 03:37 AM

I always admire fish carvings, even though I’m not one to carve fish myself. Great work, and I really like the stand.

-- Practice does not make perfect. Only perfect practice makes perfect. Vince Lombardi

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#4 posted 01-22-2014 04:14 AM

Roman,

You’re making us want to get our fishing gear out! Nice catch!

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 01-22-2014 05:00 PM

Agree with LWLL—makes me want to get my gear (long johns and more) and go fishing. Very nicely done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 01-22-2014 05:09 PM

This is so nice. You’ve really done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#7 posted 01-22-2014 07:04 PM

Lovely work Roman, boy your class is lucky to have such a high class tutor, great colouring :)
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Roman - THE BOOTMAN

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#8 posted 01-22-2014 08:49 PM

Hi Pete, I like to teach and always have good students to learn from. There is never a final way to do things and my students always provide me with a new angle or idea that comes in handy with my future projects.

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#9 posted 01-22-2014 09:12 PM

love where you’re coming from Roman, guess your saying it’s a win win :)
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#10 posted 01-25-2014 07:10 AM

For some reason I have always been partial to carvings of fish and birds and this trout looks good enough to catch and eat!

Very nice work and thanks for sharing!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 11-24-2015 09:20 PM

You like fish too, nice job on the dolfins too, their design would make a nice bottle balancer too.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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