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Project by oldbear posted 06-26-2014 12:29 PM 736 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a catfish carving recently finished. I love fishing and catching these so thought I would try to carve one. He’s about 15 inches long, power carved, airbrush painted with acrylic paints, glass eyes. The driftwood is a natural piece of driftwood given to me by a friend. This is my first fish carving and is something I have been wanting to try. I think I’m hooked. LOL.

-- oldbearx2





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Roman Hrytsak

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#1 posted 06-26-2014 01:52 PM

Nicely done! The wood mount has the same lines as the fish. Excellent!
Roman

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#2 posted 06-26-2014 02:17 PM

Very nicely done. It is hard to believe that this is your first fish carving!!

-- 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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#3 posted 06-26-2014 02:23 PM

This is so nice and very realistic. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#4 posted 06-26-2014 03:04 PM

Wow, I thought you were an old pro at this judging by the photos. I guess you like starting at the top. Wonderful work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 06-26-2014 03:41 PM

It does look real. I presume from the paint work. Good job on this one.

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#6 posted 06-26-2014 03:48 PM

Love it, nice job.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#7 posted 06-26-2014 04:00 PM

Great job very nicely displayed, I like to catch those Blues.

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#8 posted 06-26-2014 05:00 PM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#9 posted 06-26-2014 05:38 PM

“This is my first fish carving and is something I have been wanting to try,,,,,,”

Auu Huh,,,,, I can sure see why. Carving the cat is something all in its own, but to go on into that paint job. There is definitely another side of us, something that continually whispers to us,,, Come on,,? You can do that, just give it a try !!” With your cat and some of the other fish carving I have seen, Your in some good company. It will be intresting to when you get around to carving some of those beautiful muli-colored tropical fish or fishS, and maybe carving some of the underlying coral. Your talent with a knife and a spray gun will server you well there also.

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#10 posted 06-27-2014 12:48 AM

Very cool

Very realistic

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#11 posted 06-27-2014 03:46 AM

Wow! You’ve got me wanting to go fishing! A great carving!

L/W

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#12 posted 06-27-2014 11:05 AM

Very nice and something I really enjoyed when I tried it. I have several fish carvings that I can’t finish up but that is the norm for me get stuff almost knocked out and then it sits for ever. I think the two fish I started are going on 3 years old now. They will be my first and second. I dusted off a few books the other day thinking it would be fun to carve a blue gill…but then put them back when I looked at the mantle and the unfinished projects and thought just what I need a third project to complete.

Are you using any guides/books?

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#13 posted 06-27-2014 04:35 PM

Real nice job! Makes me hungry.

-- JEFF Illinois (Banks of the Mississippi)

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oldbear

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#14 posted 06-27-2014 06:05 PM

Thanks everyone. It was a fun project, I have a pair of bluegill in the works now. Travis I only have two (for now) books. Mark Frazier’s Fish Carving Manuel and James Fliger’s Freshwater Fish Carving which is where the catfish pattern came from.

-- oldbearx2

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#15 posted 06-27-2014 06:15 PM

I thought it looked like James Filger’s pattern. I really like that book. I don’t have Frazier’s but on my list. I have two others by Berry and Waliki also.

I really enjoyed carving the two I started just need to finish them. I wanted to get them done and entered into a contest but just haven’t stuck with it.

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