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Project by DocT posted 1907 days ago 5093 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 1907 days ago

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 1907 days ago

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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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 1907 days ago

Very nice Bass!

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 1907 days ago

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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kolwdwrkr

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#5 posted 1907 days ago

awesome

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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dewey10000

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#6 posted 1907 days ago

What gallery is that going to?

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

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kiwi1969

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#7 posted 1907 days ago

One word, impressive.

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

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miles125

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#8 posted 1907 days ago

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 1907 days ago

Very special! Thanks for sharing!

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

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cobbler

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#10 posted 1907 days ago

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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Sawdust2

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#11 posted 1907 days ago

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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Jim

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#12 posted 1907 days ago

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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TedM

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#13 posted 1907 days ago

To reiterate kiwi, ‘Impressive!’

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit http://www.woodworkersguide.com and sign up for my project updates!

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MsDebbieP

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#14 posted 1907 days ago

that is SO amazing!!!
just amazing.

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

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FritzFratz

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#15 posted 1907 days ago

Absolutely Beautiful Work!

-- FritzFratz, 'Boji, IA

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