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Project by DocT posted 04-23-2009 06:51 AM 5188 views 22 times favorited 62 comments Add to Favorites Watch

”Fluidity” 2010 Summer Awards:
I usually try to create something entirely new for LJ competitions, and I’m not entirely sure how I feel about entering a previously posted project, but the overwhelming response of my fellow Lumberjocks and recent renewed interest in this piece have encouraged me to reconsider. When I read the description of the category, “fluid motion is visible in the solid form of the wood”, I immediately thought of Stump Jumper and, apparently, several of you did as well! While this carving was completed well before I read the description, these were the exact words running through my head as I envisioned the struggle and splash.

Thank you for looking. Regardless of the voting, I have been honored by your response and support!!!

Original posting:
A buddy of mine gave me this really gnarled Eastern Red Cedar stump. It had so many branches sticking out of it that I was at a loss for what to do with it. I had just read the story of the world record largemouth bass which was caught in 1932 by George Perry on a simple lure called a “creek chub fintail shiner”. Mr. Perry took the fish home and ate it! He said, in retrospect, “I knew I had a big fish—and I knew we needed some meat at the house.” Read more about this 22 pound behemoth here.

So the more I looked at the stump, the more I could start to see splashing water going out into the branches and a fish breaking the ten-pound test line. This time she got away!

I couldn’t find any good reference for the fintail shiner, so I just carved a generic deep-diver plug type lure. The carving stands about 24’ tall and weighs every bit of thirty pounds.

-- tracyturnerstudio.com





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Shannon Bailey

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#1 posted 04-23-2009 06:53 AM

it’s so crazy how the brain works sometimes.
Beautiful work and vision

-- Life has a funny way of getting back at you for your actions. It's Comming...

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mmh

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#2 posted 04-23-2009 07:11 AM

Nicely done. Water is hard to carve and create motion in wood. I think you pulled it together nicely.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#3 posted 04-23-2009 07:25 AM

Very nice Bass!

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#4 posted 04-23-2009 08:03 AM

That is quite a carving!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 04-23-2009 08:17 AM

awesome

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#6 posted 04-23-2009 08:29 AM

What gallery is that going to?

-- Dewey---------------------Everything is better with inlay or marquetry

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#7 posted 04-23-2009 09:48 AM

One word, impressive.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#8 posted 04-23-2009 11:26 AM

That is one fine looking fish sir.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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spanky46

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#9 posted 04-23-2009 12:00 PM

Very special! Thanks for sharing!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#10 posted 04-23-2009 12:16 PM

Man! You are one talented guy.
How you saw the fish in that stump is beyond me.
You did a superb job.
Thanks for sharing it with us.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#11 posted 04-23-2009 12:21 PM

Listen, I’ve got this sows ear I’d like you to turn into a silk purse.

Lee

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#12 posted 04-23-2009 12:27 PM

Wow, it doesn’t need to be said obviously, but that’s one great piece. The mottled coloring of the wood seems to help add to the sense of action.

-- -- Jim - Kokomo, Indiana

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#13 posted 04-23-2009 12:43 PM

To reiterate kiwi, ‘Impressive!’

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#14 posted 04-23-2009 01:12 PM

that is SO amazing!!!
just amazing.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#15 posted 04-23-2009 01:13 PM

Absolutely Beautiful Work!

-- FritzFratz, 'Boji, IA

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