|Project by DocT||posted 04-23-2009 06:51 AM||5805 views||24 times favorited||62 comments|
”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!!!
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.